James II: Day of the Innocents
Published in volume The James Plays
First Staged:
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, 2014

James II: Day of the Innocents

By Rona Munro
Published in volume The James Plays

The second part of Rona Munro's The James Plays cycle, James II: Day of the Innocents depicts a violent royal playground from the perspective of the child King and his contemporaries, in a terrifying arena of sharp teeth and long knives.

James II becomes the prize in a vicious game between Scotland’s most powerful families. Crowned when only six, abandoned by his mother and separated from his sisters, the child King is little more than a puppet. There is only one friend he can trust: William, the future Earl of Douglas. As James approaches adulthood in an ever more threatening world, he must fight to keep his tenuous grip on the crown while the nightmares of his childhood rise up once more.

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 Maiden Stone
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
James V: Katherine
James III: The True Mirror
Your Turn to Clean the Stair & Fugue
Scottish Shorts
Mary Barton
The Indian Boy
The James Plays
Bold Girls
Little Eagles
James I: The Key Will Keep the Lock
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Strawberries in January
James IV: Queen of the Fight
Long Time Dead
Saturday at the Commodore
The Last Witch
Your Turn to Clean the Stair
The Astronaut's Chair
The Basement Flat
The House of Bernarda Alba

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