James I: The Key Will Keep the Lock

Cast: 3f (2 younger, 1 older) 7m (3 younger, 4 older)

Staging: can be simply staged

Amateur rights performance fee: £75 per performance (plus VAT where applicable)

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.

Note for Performers: If you are performing the trilogy in its entirety, you are entitled to a special discounted rate of £150 plus VAT per performances for all three plays, which is in effect a 3 for 2 offer.

Cast: 3f (2 younger, 1 older) 7m (3 younger, 4 older)

Staging:can be simply staged

Amateur rights performance fee: £75 per performance (plus VAT where applicable)

Published in volume The James Plays

Also by Rona Munro:

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

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