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: £85 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 cycle, 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 original three-play cycle 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: £85 per performance (plus VAT where applicable)

Published in volume The James Plays

Also by Rona Munro:

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

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