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Royal Court Theatre

The Royal Court Theatre is Britain’s leading national company dedicated to new work by innovative writers from the UK and around the world.

It receives and considers an extraordinary quantity of new work and, each year, presents an ambitious programme in its two venues at Sloane Square in London. In recent years, the Royal Court has also staged productions in New York, Sydney, Brussels, Toronto and Dublin.

In addition, the Royal Court facilitates international work at a grass roots level, developing exchanges which bring young writers to Britain and sending British writers, actors and directors to work with artists around the world. The Royal Court Young Writers Programme also works to develop new voices with a biennial festival and year-round development work for writers under 26.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £2,297,916
  • 2013-2014: £2,350,768
  • 2014-2015: £2,411,888

Video feed

Teh Internet is Serious Business

Video trailer for Teh Internet is Serious Business - a new play by Tim Price. A fictional account of the true story of Anonymous, LulzSec and the birth of hacktivism. Book tickets at: Or call our Box Office on 020 7565 5000. Video by Tim Marrinan Music by Rob Swire. Imagery from Flickr users under the following Creative Commons Licenses: For full list of image credits please follow this link:

The Big Idea: The Nether

Playwright Jennifer Haley in conversation with Prof. Anthony Beech discussing what constitutes real life, and whether we really who we are in our physical bodies or in our imaginations. Inspired by the themes in The Nether.

Royal Court New Season Trailer, Sep 2014 - May 2015

Royal Court Sep 2014 - May 2015 Season Trailer

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Adler&Gibb Interview

An interview with Tim Crouch (director and writer) and Karl James (co-director) about Adler & Gibb. Adler & Gibb tells the story of a raid -- on a house, a life, a reality and a legacy. The play takes Tim Crouch's fascination with form and marries it to a thrilling story of misappropriation. Janet Adler and Margaret Gibb were conceptual artists working in New York at the end of the last century. They were described by art critic Dave Hickey as the 'most ferociously uncompromising voice of their generation'. With Adler's death in 2004, however, the compromise began. Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs 13 June - 5 July Who were Adler and Gibb? Thank you to Eleven Fine Art Gallery for hosting the interview. Founded in 2005 in Belgravia, Eleven has established itself as a leading contemporary art gallery committed to furthering the careers and reputations of the artists it represents as well as supporting the work of innovative and emerging artists from the UK and beyond.

The Big Idea: Birdland - Live

For anyone who missed it - a recording of The Big Idea: Fame which was live streamed on Sat 10 May 2014. A talk by philosopher Angie Hobbs on Plato on Fame and Status, and a new short play, You're Not As Tall As You Look, by Chris Thorpe.

Adler and Gibb trailer - a new play by Tim Crouch

Adler & Gibb tells the story of a raid -- on a house, a life, a reality and a legacy. The play takes Tim Crouch's fascination with form and marries it to a thrilling story of misappropriation. 15 June - 5 July 2014. Tickets from £10. More information / 020 7565 5000. Thank you to Camberwell Arts College, Kaye Periam, magazine archives at LCC and CSM libraries.

Primetime at the Royal Court - Video Trailer

28 - 31 May Brilliantly imaginative new short plays by some little writers with big ideas... Tickets: adults £10, children £5 Book: 020 7565 5000

Video Trailer for Birdland by Simon Stephens at Royal Court Theatre

Birdland by Simon Stephens at the Royal Court Theatre, 3 April - 31 May 2014. Tickets from £10. More Info **** "The writing takes you inside the scrambled brain of Birdland's damaged hero, beautifully played by Andrew Scott, and Carrie Cracknell's production is ceaselessly inventive" 10.4.14 The Guardian (Michael Billington) **** "Carrie Cracknell's production is excellent, an eye-popping, fast-moving blur of glitter and neon" 10.4.14 Time Out (Andrzej Lukowski) **** "Carrie Cracknell's smart production, and Andrew Scott's mesmerising lead performance, create a world both repellent and seductive in this glittering moral fable for our celebrity-obsessed times" 10.4.14 What's on Stage (Michael Coveney) The last week of a massive international tour and rock star Paul, is at the height of his fame. Everybody knows his name. Whatever he wants he can have. He can screw anybody he wants to. He can buy anything he desires. He can eat anything. Drink anything. Smoke anything. Go anywhere. As the inevitability of the end of the road looms closer, and a return home becomes a reality, for Paul, the music is starting to jar. Carrie Cracknell directs this piercing new play looking at empathy, money and fame. Cast Nikki Amuka-Bird, Daniel Cerqueira, Yolanda Kettle, Alex Price, Charlotte Randle, Andrew Scott

Let The Right One In - West End Trailer

A Stage adaptation by Jack Thorne Based on the novel and film by John Ajvide Lindqvist Following its sell out success at the Royal Court, the critically-acclaimed Let the Right One In will transfer to London's West End -- open in the recently re-furbished and re-opened Apollo Theatre -- for a strictly limited season. From 26 March 2014

The Big Idea Live: Why write a feminist play?

A Q&A with writers Abi Morgan (The Mistress Contract) and Nick Payne (Blurred Lines) chaired by Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone. This is a recording of the live stream that aired on 13 March 2014. It will be available here until the end of March.

The Big Idea Live: Should we contract our sex lives?

A panel discussion inspired by Abi Morgan's The Mistress Contract. The panel are (from left to right): anthropologist Sophie Day, playwright Alecky Blythe, feminist and academic Lynne Segal and human rights activist Peter Tatchell.

Not I / Footfalls / Rockaby by Samuel Beckett - UK Tour

Following a sold-out run at the Royal Court Theatre and critically acclaimed West End run, this Samuel Beckett trilogy starring Lisa Dwan will begin a UK tour in September 2014: The MAC, Belfast (2-6 Sept); Cambridge Arts Theatre (9-13 Sept); Birmingham Rep (16-20 Sept); The Lowry (23-27 Sept).

The Mistress Contract audience on modern relationships

The Royal Court asked The Mistress Contract what they thought about the show and modern relationships. The Mistress Contract by Abi Morgan runs until 22 March 2014.

Let The Right One In - West End Trailer

After a sell-out run here at the Royal Court, Let The Right One In transfers to the West End from 26 March. Book your tickets via the Royal Court box office for an exclusive £35 rate Under 21? Get a ticket for just £21. 020 7565 5000 ***** 'Beautifully intimate and bedazzlingly epic' Time Out **** 'Unforgettable. Explosive. One of the most original shows of the year' The Observer **** 'A strange, tender love story that will chill you to the marrow and break your heart' The Independent

Beckett Trilogy at the Duchess Theatre

The sold out show transfers to the Duchess Theatre in the West End for a limited run, 3-15 Feb. Lisa Dwan will perform Not I alongside two other Beckett classics, Footfalls and Rockaby, directed by Walter Asmus. BOOK NOW 020 7565 5000

The Mistress Contract by Abi Morgan at the Royal Court Theatre

She and He are the pseudonyms of a real-life couple who live in separate houses in the same city on the west coast of America. She is 88. He is 93. For 30 years he has provided her with a home and an income, while she provides 'mistress services' -- 'All sexual acts as requested, with suspension of historical, emotional, psychological disclaimers.' Based on reams of tape recordings made over their 30 year relationship, The Mistress Contract is a remarkable document of this unconventional couple, and the document that has kept them bound together to this day. The Mistress Contract by Abi Morgan directed by Vicky Featherstone 30 Jan - 22 Mar Royal Court Theatre Tickets from £12

RCT Signed New Season Trailer 2014

Our captioned trailer for the New Season (Winter - Summer 2014) at the Royal Court Theatre. Further information and booking available on our website:

Gastronauts video

Meet some of the cast of Gastronauts, our latest Jerwood Upstairs show created by April De Angelis, Nessah Muthy and Wils Wilson. Help us caption & translate this video!

New Season at the Royal Court - Jan - Aug 2014

We've just announced our programme from January to August 2014 today, including new plays from John Donnelly, Simon Stephens and Tim Crouch, as well as collaborations with regional theatres across the UK to present London runs of work by Vivienne Franzmann, Jennifer Haley and Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti. Book Now Help us caption & translate this video!


A theatre adventure with food

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