Cast Announced for James IV - Queen of the Fight


25 May 2022

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A montage of the full James IV cast.

We are delighted to announce the cast for Rona Munro’s James IV – Queen of the Fight, which opens at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh in October 2022 before touring to Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen, Inverness and Stirling

Blythe Duff and Daniel Cahill return to the ensemble, following their roles in James I, II and III with Daniel Cahill revisiting the role of James IV, the role he previously played at the end of James III.

They are joined by Danielle Jam playing Ellen the eponymous ‘Queen of the Fight’ and Laura Lovemore as Anne, both high-born Moorish women who took their place in the Royal Court.

Other cast members include Ewan Black, Malcolm Cumming, Keith Fleming, Sarita Gabony, Thierry Mabonga, Samuel Pashby and Gameli Tordzro.

James IV – Queen of the Fight, reunites Rona Munro with director, LaurieSansom following the success of James I, II, III, produced by the National Theatre of Scotland, National Theatre of Great Britain and Edinburgh International Festival in 2014. This next chapter reveals the vibrant cultural mix of the Scottish court, enriching the audience’s understanding of their nation’s history.

Blythe Duff said:
“I was delighted to find out the brilliant Rona Munro had worked her magic and created James IV.

As ever her wit shines through. Always revealing the strength of her female characters. The partnership and trust she has with Laurie Sansom isevident and so important in bringing all the elements together.  I just can’t wait to be back in the rehearsal room and be with the wonderful team who are ready to bring their creativity and expertise to the next exciting chapter of Scotland’s history. I feel sure the audience are ready too.”

Daniel Cahill said:

“Rona’s work has always meant a lot to me, as indeed it does to every young Scottish actor and to be a part of Laurie's magnificent vision in the original James Plays was a real honour.  Now, to be revisiting the character of James who I played when we were both nearly 10 years younger feels like something special”

Danielle Jam said:

“I’m excited to perform in the next chapter of this incredible story and I hope to honour Ellen’s journey as much as she deserves.”

Laura Lovemore said:

“I am beyond buzzed to be part of the James legacy! Can’t wait to share this sick story with everyone.”

James IV is co-produced by Raw Material and Capital Theatres, in association with National Theatre of Scotland.

Full information about the production, cast and creative team here.