James I, James II and James III are a modern cycle of history plays by award-winning playwright Rona Munro. This vividly-imagined trilogy brings to life three generations of Stewart Kings who ruled Scotland in the tumultuous fifteenth century and represents an unprecedented co-production by the National Theatre of Scotland, the National Theatre of Great Britain and the Edinburgh International Festival.
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. An ensemble of 20 actors takes the audience through a rarely-explored period of history with playful wit and boisterous theatricality.
When The James Plays premiered in Autumn 2014, the critical and public impact was extraordinary. Described by The Telegraph as ?better than Shakespeare? and ?Rona Munro's thrilling trilogy could be the finest history plays ever penned ? The James Plays sold out their run at the Edinburgh International Festival and the National Theatre of Great Britain in London, causing a storm of attention, and thrilling audiences. Now returning for a high-profile UK and international tour, these plays represent theatre-making at its very best.
You can book The James Plays individual shows or as a package. We also have the option to book your package with a dinner option.
There is also the option to enjoy each play from the performer's perspective onstage! There are a limited amount of onstage seats which are built into the set, so you're at the heart of the action and become part of the people's parliament overlooking the courts.