Through bold and irreverent storytelling, James I explores the complex character of the colourful Stewart king – poet, lover and law-maker.
Captured at the age of 13 and crowned King of Scots in an English prison, James I of Scotland is delivered home 18 years later with a ransom on his head and a new English bride.
The nation he returns to is poor: the royal coffers empty and his nobles ready to tear him apart at the first sign of weakness. Determined to bring the rule of law to a land riven by warring factions, James faces terrible choices if he is to save himself, his Queen and the crown.
The ensemble includes James McArdle (The Heart of Robin Hood, Chariots of Fire) as King James, Stephanie Hyam (That Face, Romeo and Juliet) as Queen Joan, and Blythe Duff (Taggart, Beautiful Burnout, Good With People, Ciara) as Isabella Stewart.
A co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland and Edinburgh International Festival
The James Plays – James I, James II and James III – are a trio of new history plays by award-winning writer Rona Munro. Exhilarating and vividly imagined, they bring to life three generations of Stewart kings who ruled Scotland in the tumultuous fifteenth century. Each play stands alone as a unique vision of a country tussling with its past and future; together they create an intricate and compelling narrative on Scottish culture and nationhood, full of playful wit and boisterous theatricality.
Suitable for 14yrs+
Winner of The Herald Angel Award, August 2014
Rona Munro and Laurie Sansom talk about the trilogy. Friday 26 September, 6pm
Medieval Castle Life Thursday 2 October, 2 – 5pm, Clore Learning Centre: Cottesloe Room
Scottish Literature of the 15th Century Friday 17 October, 2 – 4pm, Clore Learning Centre: Cottesloe Room
Writing History Plays Thursday 23 October, 2 – 4.30pm, Clore Learning Centre: Cottesloe Room
Photo by David Eustace