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James III:
The True Mirror

10 - 22 August 2014
Festival Theatre

Part three of the James Plays, featuring Jamie Sives as James III and Sofie Gråbøl as Queen Margaret.

Like James III himself, the final instalment of Rona Munro's extraordinary trilogy is colourful, brash and unpredictable. It turns its eye on the women of the royal court, both lowly and high-born, who prove to be its beating heart.

Irresistible, charismatic, a man of fashion and culture, James III is a man with big dreams... and no budget to realise any of them. But he's convinced a true king should never allow such minor details to deprive his people of the magnificent European-style court they deserve.

Obsessed with grandiose schemes that his nation can ill afford, James is loved and loathed in dangerously unstable proportions. But Scotland's future will be decided by the woman who loves him best of all, his resourceful and resilient wife, Queen Margaret of Denmark.

As the nation thunders dangerously close to regicide and civil war, her true love and clear vision offer the only protection that can save a fragile monarchy and rescue a struggling people. But the cost for Margaret herself may be too high...

Please note this performance contains strong language and nudity and may not be suitable for children.

Access Information

Captions and signing cannot be viewed from the stage seats. Please book seats in the auditorium. If you have access needs regarding mobility, there are no wheelchair spaces on the stage, please call Hub Tickets on 0131 473 2089 to book the seats most appropriate for your needs.

Latecomers who have stage seats will not be admitted until the interval.

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

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  • Language: 
    Performed in English
  • Touch tour:
    Thursday 14 August 6.15pm
  • Running time: 
    2 hours and 30 minutes approximately
  • Audio described:
    Thursday 14 August 7.15pm, Sunday 17 August 8.15pm
  • Captioned:
    Thursday 14 August 7.30pm, Sunday 17 August 8.15pm
  • BSL interpreted:
    Saturday 16 August 8.15pm


Festival Theatre

13-29 Nicolson Street,

Supported through the Scottish Government's Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund


  • Touch tour
  • British sign language
  • Audio described
  • Captioned performance
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    By Rona Munro
    World Premiere

    National Theatre of Scotland and National Theatre of Great Britain

    Laurie Sansom Director
    Jon Bausor Designer

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

    Cast members Cameron Barnes, Daniel Cahill, Blythe Duff, Sarah Higgins, Stephanie Hyam, Rona Morison, Andrew Rothney, Mark Rowley and Fiona Wood

    Photo: David Eustace

    This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

    The 2018 International Festival will be available to browse online in the spring.


    Grand circle: £35 £25 £15 £12
    Stalls: £35 £25 £20 £15
    Stage seats: £15

    Current discounts

    Buy all 3 James Plays: 20% off
    Under 18s: 50% off
    Students: 50% off
    Young Scot cardholders: 50% off
    Senior citizens: 50% off
    Unemployed people: 50% off
    Equity/MU cardholders: 50% off