Following the incredible trilogy of ‘James Plays’ which I saw and loved some years ago, the National Theatre of Scotland is adding a fourth play: James IV – Queen of the Flight. Presented by Raw Material and Capital Theatres in association with National Theatre of Scotland, the play is in rehearsal, ready for its world premiere at the Festival Theatre in October. I can’t wait!
Writer Rona Munro and Director Laurie Sansom are reunited with Designer Jon Bausor who also worked on the first three James Plays; and joined by Venus ex Machina as Composer. British Historian Dr Onyeka Nubia has been working as a historical consultant on the project.
Blythe Duff (Taggart, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) returns as Dame Phemy, after her iconic performances as Isabella in James I and II and Annabella in James III. Daniel Cahill (All My Sons for Dundee Rep and River City for BBC) will play James IV, his role in James III, creating continuity throughout the series. 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, join the company as two high-born Moorish women who take their place in the royal court.
James IV – Queen of the Flight, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Friday 30 September – Saturday 8 October 2022 for tickets go to: James IV: Queen of the Fight (capitaltheatres.com)
Then Production will then tour Scotland: Theatre Royal, Glasgow Tuesday 11 – Saturday 15 October, Dundee Rep Theatre Tuesday 18 – Saturday 22 October, His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen Wednesday 26 – Saturday 29 October, Eden Court, Inverness Wednesday 2 – Saturday 5 November, Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling Wednesday 9 – Saturday 12 November.