Part two of the James Plays, featuring Andrew Rothney as James II and Mark Rowley as William Douglas.
In the second part of Rona Munro's thrilling trilogy, innocent games merge with murderous intent in a violent royal playground of shifting realities and paranoia.
Crowned King of Scots when only eight years old, James II is the prize in a vicious game between the country's most powerful families. Seen through a child's eyes, the Scottish court is a world of monsters with sharp teeth and long knives.
Growing up alone, abandoned by his mother and separated from his sisters, James II is little better than a puppet. There is only one relationship he can trust – his growing friendship with another lonely boy, William, the future Earl of Douglas.
But the independence and power of young adulthood brings James into an even more threatening world. He has to fight the warring nobles who still want to control him, he has to make brutal choices about the people he loves best, he has to struggle to keep his tenuous grip on the security of the crown and on his sanity... while the nightmares and monsters of his childhood rise up again with new and murderous intent.
Please note this performance contains strong language and nudity and may not be suitable for children.
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A co-production by the National Theatre of Scotland, the Edinburgh International Festival and the National Theatre of Great Britain
By Rona Munro
National Theatre of Scotland and National Theatre of Great Britain
Laurie Sansom Director
Jon Bausor Designer
Andrew Rothney as James II
Mark Rowley as William Douglas
Cast members Cameron Barnes, Daniel Cahill, Blythe Duff, Peter Forbes, Sarah Higgins, Stephanie Hyam, Rona Morison, Andrew Rothney, Mark Rowley and Fiona Wood