The James Plays to tour in 2016

Three plays about James I, II and III of Scotland by Rona Munro, directed by Laurie Sansom will embark on a major UK and International tour in 2016, following critical acclaim and box office success in 2014.

The plays by National Theatre of Scotland, originally co-produced with the Edinburgh International Festival and the National Theatre of Great Britain, will tour to Edinburgh, Birmingham, Leicester, Inverness, Glasgow, Northampton, Salford, Newcastle, Sheffield, Norwich, Canterbury, Plymouth and Nottingham from 3 February to 3 July 2016.

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 , exhilarating and vividly imagined, bring to life three generations of Stewart kings who ruled Scotland from 1406 -1488.

Entitled James I: The Key Will Keep The Lock, James II: Day of the Innocents, and James III: The True Mirror, each play stands alone as a unique vision of a country tussling with its past and future, with its own distinct theatrical atmosphere. Viewed together they create a complex and compelling narrative on Scottish culture and nationhood.

Rona Munro, writer of The James Plays, says: “I have probably never had a better professional experience than I did last year with Laurie and the company of The James Plays. The only experience that could top that is to continue the adventure and to bring the plays home to Scotland again. I can’t wait to be back in that rehearsal room and back in front of that audience

Laurie Sansom, Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Scotland and Director of The James Plays says:  “The excitement we all felt at embarking on this journey to bring to life a little known part of Scottish history and stage Rona’s remarkable trilogy, was only matched by the excitement of sharing it with audiences at the EIF and at the National Theatre in London. We now have the chance to share it with audiences across the UK which will be a real privilege. We are indebted to all the partners who have made this possible, including the Scottish Government.”

International touring dates to be announced and cast to be confirmed.