The James Plays

James I, James II and James III – are a new cycle of history plays by award-winning playwright Rona Munro and directed by Laurie Sansom, Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Scotland, which are to be presented in an unprecedented co-production by the National Theatre of Scotland, Edinburgh International Festival and the National Theatre of Great Britain, during the Edinburgh International Festival in August and at the National Theatre in London from September to October.

This vividly-imagined trilogy brings to life three generations of Stewart Kings who ruled Scotland in the tumultuous fifteenth century. Each play stands alone as a unique vision of a country tussling with its past and future, with its own distinct theatrical atmosphere. Viewed together they create a complex and compelling narrative on Scottish culture and nationhood.

《詹姆斯一世(James I)》、《詹姆斯二世(James II)》和《詹姆斯三世(James III)》是由屢獲殊榮的劇作家羅納·蒙羅(Rona Munro)編寫,蘇格蘭國家劇院的藝術指導勞里·桑塞姆(Laurie Sansom)執導,由蘇格蘭國家劇院、愛丁堡國際藝術節和英國國家劇院聯袂打造的全新歷史三部曲。詹姆斯系列分別於8月在愛丁堡國際藝術節、9至10月在英國國家劇院上映。

James I: The Key Will Keep The Lock
Bold and irreverent storytelling explores the complex character of this colourful Stewart king – a poet, a lover, a law-maker but also the product of a harsh political system.

《詹姆士一世》:解鈴還須繫鈴人(James I: The Key Will Keep The Lock)


James II: Day of the Innocents
In the second of Rona Munro’s dynastical trilogy, innocent games merge with murderous intent in a violent royal playground of shifting realities and paranoia.

《詹姆士二世》:一日“童真”(James II: Day of the Innocents)



James III: The True Mirror
Like James III himself, the final instalment of Rona Munro’s extraordinary trilogy is colourful, brash and unpredictable. It turns its eye on the women of the royal court, both lowly and high born, who prove to be its beating heart.

《詹姆士三世》:真實之鏡(James III: The True Mirror)


The James Plays promise to be historical drama for a contemporary audience, served up with a refreshing modern directness. Audiences are invited to join a cast of extraordinary characters in the Festival Theatre Edinburgh and the Olivier Theatre at the National Theatre in these fast paced stories that bring to life Scotland’s past through the gripping stories of the men, women and children who once ruled it. An ensemble of 20 actors took the audience through a rarely-explored period of history with playful wit and boisterous theatricality, and proved a landmark of Scottish drama in a remarkable year.


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展覽場地:Festival Theatre Edinburgh 愛丁堡節日劇院
Olivier Theatre, National Theatre 英國國家劇院奧利弗劇場


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