James I: The Key Will Keep the Lock
Published in volume The James Plays
First Staged:
Edinburgh International Festival, 2014

James I: The Key Will Keep the Lock

By Rona Munro
Published in volume The James Plays

The first part of The James Plays trilogy, exploring the complex character of the colourful Stewart King James I – poet, lover and law-maker.

Captured at the age of 13 and crowned King of Scots in an English prison, James I of Scotland is delivered home 18 years later with a ransom on his head and a new English bride. The nation he returns to is poor: the royal coffers empty and his nobles ready to tear him apart at the first sign of weakness. Determined to bring the rule of law to a land riven by warring factions, James faces terrible choices if he is to save himself, his Queen and the crown.

Rona Munro's The James Plays premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2014, before transferring to the National Theatre, London, in a co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland.

Published in volume The James Plays

Also by Rona Munro:

The Basement Flat
The James Plays
Long Time Dead
The House of Bernarda Alba
Captain Corelli's Mandolin (stage version)
Your Turn to Clean the Stair
Iron
The Indian Boy
James III: The True Mirror
Your Turn to Clean the Stair & Fugue
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (stage version)
Saturday at the Commodore
Bold Girls
The Last Witch
Strawberries in January
The Maiden Stone
Fugue
James II: Day of the Innocents
Pandas
Little Eagles
Mary Barton (stage version)
The Astronaut's Chair
Scuttlers
Gilt

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