The James Plays

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Featuring James McArdle, Blythe Duff, Andrew Rothney, Mark Rowley, Jamie Sives and Sofie Gråbøl

The James Plays – James I, James II and James III – are a new cycle of history plays by award-winning playwright Rona Munro, which premiered at Festival 2014.

The vividly imagined trilogy brings to life three generations of Stewart Kings who ruled Scotland in the tumultuous 15th century. Each play stands alone as a unique vision of a country tussling with its past and future; viewed together they create a complex and compelling narrative on Scottish culture and nationhood full of playful wit and boisterous theatricality.


A co-production by the National Theatre of Scotland, the Edinburgh International Festival and the National Theatre of Great Britain.

James I: The Key Will Keep The Lock

Featuring James McArdle as James I and Blythe Duff as Isabella

James II: Day of The Innocents

Featuring Andrew Rothney as James II and Mark Rowley as William Douglas

James III: The True Mirror

Featuring Jamie Sives as James III and Sofie Gråbøl as Queen Margaret

We caught up with Sofie Gråbøl before Festival 2014 to discuss her role as Queen Margaret in James III: The True Mirror.