James IV: Queen of the Fight

James IV: Queen of the Fight

Evenings: 7.30pm | Matinees, Thu & Sat: 2.30pm

Age: 12+ (Includes some strong language and violence)

Festival Theatre

Box Office: 0131 529 6000

Ticket prices

From £18.50

* Ticket prices include a contribution to the Theatres Development Fund. A £1 handling charge will be added if you ask us to post your tickets.

Friends Discount

20% off (Excludes Fri/Sat/Sun)


Raw Material & Capital Theatres in association with National Theatre of Scotland 

James IV: Queen of the Fight 

“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.  

Preview performances
30 September, 1 October and 3 October.

Press reviews for the previously staged James Plays trilogy...

★ ★ ★ ★

Unequivocally plays for today

The Guardian

A feast of blistering emotion and theatrical might

Daily Telegraph


  • Fri 30 Sep 7:30 PM
  • Sat 1 Oct 7:30 PM
  • Mon 3 Oct 7:30 PM
  • Tue 4 Oct 7:30 PM
  • Wed 5 Oct 7:30 PM
  • Thu 6 Oct 2:30 PM
  • Thu 6 Oct 7:30 PM
  • Fri 7 Oct 7:30 PM
  • Sat 8 Oct 2:30 PM
  • Sat 8 Oct 7:30 PM

Cast & Creative Team


Blythe Duff, Dame Dounteboir
Daniel Cahill, James IV
Danielle Jam, Ellen
Laura Lovemore, Anne
Ewan Black, Turnbull/Fighter/Ensemble
Malcolm Cumming, Donald
Keith Fleming, Dunbar
Sarita Gabony, Margaret
Thierry Mabonga, Peter
Samuel Pashby, Douglas/Ensemble
Gameli Tordzro, Ensemble/Musician

Meet the cast...

Creative Team

Writer Rona Munro
Director Laurie Sansom
Designer Jon Bausor 
Venus ex Machina 
Historical consultant Dr Onyeka Nubia
Movement Director Neil Bettles
Sound Designer Garry Boyle
Casting Director Laura Donnelly CDG
Associate Director (Rehearsals) Jaïrus Obayomi
Associate Director (Tour) Luke Kernaghan
Lighting Designer Lizzie Powell

Meet the creative team...



Thu 6 October 7.30PM

Audio Description

Sat 8 October 2.30PM

BSL - Sign Language Interpreted

Sat 8 October 2.30PM

Touch Tours

Sat 8 October 1.30PM

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Friends 20% off (excludes Previews and Fri/Sat)

Groups (8+): £4 off Stalls and Dress.
Please note groups cannot be booked online. If you wish to book a Group, please contact our dedicated Groups email, groups@capitaltheatres.com, or phone on 0131 529 6005.

Concessions £3 off. (excludes Previews and Fri/Sat)
Concessions are limited and may be withdrawn at any time.

School Groups (10+): £8.50 (excl. Fri/Sat). Includes 1 free teacher ticket with every 10 students. Please note groups cannot be booked online. If you wish to book a Group, please contact our dedicated Groups email, groups@capitaltheatres.com, or phone on 0131 529 6005.

Student Standby: £10*

Discounts are available to people with disabilities, please call the Box Office to book your tickets. 

If you would like to book a wheelchair space or if you have any special requirements, please phone the box office who can advise. 

* Student Standby tickets are subject to availability on the day of the performance and can only be purchased in person at the Box Office from 12pm. A valid Student or Young Scot ID is required. Only one ticket per card.

All discounts may be withdrawn at any time. 

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