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James IV: Queen of the Fight

Festival Theatre Edinburgh, Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Dundee Rep Theatre, His Majesty's Theatre, Eden Court, Inverness, Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling

Fri 30 Sep – Sat 12 Nov 2022 | Scottish Tour

Overview

“You’re a wonder. You’re a window into a wide world.”

Scotland, 1504, seen fresh through the eyes of new arrivals Ellen and Anne, two Moorish ​ women who were expected to take their place at a royal court....but not this one. Both women now have to fight to find and keep a place in the dazzling, dangerous world of the Scottish Court of James IV. It’s a world where war is never far away, words of love and promises of peace are not what they seem and where poets might turn out to be more dangerous than any assassin.

Blythe Duff (Taggart, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and Daniel Cahill (All My Sons for Dundee Rep and River City for BBC) are returning to the James Plays following their roles in James I, II and III, and are joined by Danielle Jam (Them! For NTS, Molly and Mack for BBC) as Ellen, and Laura Lovemore (Queen of the New Year for BBC and Life is a Dream for The Lyceum) as Anne.

Employing the same wit and theatricality of the first ​three James Plays, acclaimed playwright Rona Munro takes you back to a thrilling and uncharted period of Scottish history in this brand-new production. Join us on the journey.

Written by Rona Munro
Directed by Laurie Sansom
Designed by Jon Bausor
Music composed by Paul Leonard-Morgan

James IV: Queen of the Fight is presented by Raw Material & Capital Theatres in association with National Theatre of Scotland.


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Praise for James I, James II and James III


“…the empathy and ambition of her (Rona Munro) and of Laurie Sansom’s productions…are matched only by their wit, punch and accessibility….this is theatre that mixes the political to fabulous effect.”

The Times

“The main thing to say about Munro's plays is that, while telling us a lot about Scottish history… These are unequivocally plays for today.” ​

The Guardian

“A feast of blistering emotion and theatrical might.”

Daily Telegraph

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