a morally fraught, white-knuckle ride*****- Time Out, UK
In a nutshell:
Right-royal performances / Poetry and politics / Romance and revolution
Bold and irreverent storytelling explores the complex character of this colourful Stewart king – a poet, a lover, a law-maker but also the product of a harsh political system.
" I am the King of Scots. In 18 years I never forgot that ......."
James I of Scotland was captured when he was only 13 and became King of Scots in an English prison. He arrives back in Scotland to claim his crown after 18 years in prison, with an English queen’s ransom on his head. He finds a threadbare throne, insubordinate subjects and a court so full of treacherous nobles it makes Games of Thrones look tame. James is determined to bring the rule of law to a land riven by warring families so he must challenge the thuggish Stewart clan with a ruthlessness of his own. That struggle will force him to make terrible choices if he is to save himself, his Queen and the crown.
'a thoroughly medieval romance amid dangerous times'. – The Telegraph, UK
'a morally fraught, white-knuckle ride' ***** – Time Out, UK
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For this performance there are a strictly limited number of onstage seats available. Built into the set and facing out to the rest of the auditorium, they are at heart of the action so you will share the performer’s perspective of the space. Please register interest for these seats on booking.
NOTE: Suitable for years 9-13.
Contains strong language, violent scenes, brief nudity.
EXTRAS For Teachers:
Interview with Blythe Duff - Life in the James Plays after Taggart
Members of the cast and creative team, and history specialists discuss key characters in The Key Will Keep the Lock
James I - Born 1394, died 1437.
Joan Beaufort - born 1404, died 1445.
Murdac Stewart - born 1362. Died 1425
Isabella of Lennox - died 1458.