Epic barely scratches the surface.

An Australian premiere exclusive to Adelaide, Rona Munro’s new historical trilogy is the type of unforgettable, unrepeatable theatrical experience synonymous with the festival (think Roman Tragedies, The Mahabharata).

Each play stands alone, but combined, The James Plays are more than eleven hours of gripping, historical, political intrigue. Full of playful wit and boisterous theatricality, they create an intricate and compelling narrative of three generations of Stewart kings who ruled Scotland in the tumultuous 15th century.

Commit. Surrender. Indulge.

Trilogy package or single tickets available for all shows

We encourage you to experience the entire trilogy (you can do it!). When purchasing the Trilogy package, you can either see all shows on one day or build your own schedule by choosing any of the performance times that best suit you. Single tickets are also available for all performances.

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James I: The Key Will Keep the Lock

James II: Day of the Innocents

James III: The True Mirror

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This is one of 14 shows you can only see in Adelaide in 2016.
Find out what else is exclusive to Adelaide here.

By Rona Munro
Directed by Laurie Sansom

National Theatre of Scotland is core funded by the Scottish Government

Photos: Robert Day and Manuel Harlan
Features previous cast

The James Plays is a new trio of history plays that bring to life three generations of Stewart kings. Each of the three plays stand alone as individual stories, and the trilogy as a whole creates a compelling narrative on Scottish culture and nationhood.

David Sefton previews The James Plays

View the daybill online or download a PDF


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On-stage seating

Each performance has a limited number of seats built into the set so you can be right at the heart of the action. On-stage seats are benches and are allocated on arrival. These seats are accessed via stairs and therefore are not accessible to wheelchair users or people with limited mobility. No food, drinks or large bags on stage. No latecomers admitted, no re-admittance if you leave your on-stage seat during the performance.

Seating allocation

When purchasing a Trilogy Package, your seating will be allocated per show. Seats will be in same reserve but the same seat for all three performances cannot be guaranteed. On-stage seating is allocated on arrival.

Dinners and high teas at the Adelaide Festival Centre

During The James Plays dinners and high teas will be available at the Adelaide Festival Centre at the following times:
Fri 26 Feb: Pre-show dinner at 6pm
Sat 27 Feb–Sun 28 Feb: High tea at 2.30pm, dinner at 6.30pm
Tue 1 Mar: Pre-show dinner at 6pm

Dinner - $44pp including: Choice of main, a glass of premium wine or Coopers beer, coffee and petits fours

High tea - $39pp including: Chef’s selection of sandwiches, assorted sweet and savoury items, a selection of T Bar teas and Rio coffee and a glass of sparkling wine on arrival

Visit adelaidefestival.com.au or call BASS on 131 246 for more information and bookings (transaction fees apply.)

(Dinner/High Tea bookings close 24hrs before performance)

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