James V: Katherine

Cast: 2f 2-4m plus optional chorus

Staging: Multiple locations (can be simply staged)

Amateur rights performance fee: £85 per performance (plus VAT where applicable)

Paperback, 80 pages ISBN: 9781839043437Publication Date:
18 Apr 2024
Size: 198mm x 129mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
Ebook, 80 pages ISBN: 9781788507974Publication Date:
18 Apr 2024
£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
First Staged:
Scottish tour, 2024

James V: Katherine

By Rona Munro

Paperback £10.99£8.79

Ebook £10.99£8.79

Katherine Hamilton is a nineteen-year-old woman facing arrest and trial in the King's court, with only her quick wit as defence against execution.

James V: Katherine is a dramatic interpretation of key events during a turbulent time in Scotland's history, events that changed the nation forever. It is also a play filled with hidden histories, deft comedy and a secret love story between two young women.

Rona Munro's renowned James Plays are a breathtaking series of plays set during the reigns of Scotland's generations of Stewart kings. Each play stands alone as a thrilling depiction of a moment in Scottish history, full of playful wit and boisterous theatricality; taken together, the cycle is a uniquely compelling narrative of a nation tussling with its past and future.

James V: Katherine was first staged at Capital Theatres' The Studio, in April 2024, directed by Orla O'Loughlin, before embarking on a Scottish tour. It was a co-production between Raw Material and Capital Theatres, who previously produced James IV: Queen of the Fight.

Rona Munro is a writer who has written extensively for stage, radio, film and television. Earlier works in the James Plays cycle (I–III) have been performed at the National Theatre in London, across the UK and internationally, and have won Evening Standard and Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards.

'If a young woman made you smile, you wouldnae want to see her set on fire, would you?'

Press Quotes

'Powerful... bursts with energy and revelation... At just 75 minutes, Munro's play packs a lot in, from a clear and convincing portrait of the Reformation era to the tenderness and passion of Katherine and Jenny's love... revelatory'

The Stage

'Exceptional... a spirited play about faith, love and zealotry'

Financial Times

'A brilliant gem, witty, gallus (cheeky), pulls no punches... intricate and accessible... very funny... The relationship between Katherine and Jenny is at times erotic but sensitive and beautifully done... superb'

Broadway Baby

'Dark, brooding and intense... a very moving and powerful piece... accessible and relevant... a triumph'

West End Best Friend

'Thoroughly modern... a play full of love and anger... Rona Munro's series of history plays is centuries-spanning, zeitgeist-busting'


'Plunges bravely into a political and personal cauldron... Munro wisely sidesteps the issues [of history and politics] in favour of letting the drama unfold... all of the characters are distinctively drawn'


'Rona Munro's brief but powerful new play has pace, clarity and energy... rivets the attention, and wins roars of applause from the audience'


Cast: 2f 2-4m plus optional chorus

Staging:Multiple locations (can be simply staged)

Amateur rights performance fee: £85 per performance (plus VAT where applicable)

Paperback,80 pages ISBN: 9781839043437Publication Date:
18 Apr 2024
Size: 198mm x 129mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
Ebook,80 pages ISBN: 9781788507974Publication Date:
18 Apr 2024
£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)

Also by Rona Munro:

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

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