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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

Fireworks The Big Idea Spoken Word

SPOKEN WORD: FAJR TAMIMI AND YAZ FENTAZI Fiery, lyrical, spoken word exploring the conflicts in her homeland from Palestinian poet and writer Fajr Tamimi, with musical accompaniment by Algerian oud player and composer Yaz Fentazi. Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/GVE4/

In Conversation with Zinnie Harris

Friday 6 March, post-show Jerwood Theatre Downstairs Conversation with playwright Zinnie Harris about 'How To Hold Your Breath', led by Royal Court Artistic Director, Vicky Featherstone. With actors Maxine Peake, Michael Schaeffer, Christine Bottomley, Danusia Samal and Neil D'Souza. Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/GU42/

Fireworks The Big Idea: In Conversation with Dalia Taha and Richard Twyman

International Director Elyse Dodgson talks to playwright, Dalia Taha and director, Richard Twyman, about Fireworks. Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/GSuu/

Trailer: Roald Dahl's The Twits, mischievously adapted by Enda Walsh

Mischievously adapted from Roald Dahl’s story, Enda Walsh turns The Twits upside down and brings this revolting revolution to the Royal Court Theatre stage. Age guidance for brave 8 year olds and their families. (No worms were harmed in the making of this film). Book tickets here: http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/the-twits Kids get 50% off our top two prices

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The Royal Court: Behind the Scenes in Palestine (Beit Jala 2014)

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How to Find the Good: A Guide to Modern Morality with A.C. Grayling

Part of the Big Idea for 'How to Hold Your Breath', on at the Royal Court Theatre until 21 Mar www.royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/how-to-hold-your-breath/ A.C Grayling MA, DPhil (Oxon) FRSL, FRSA is Master of the New College of the Humanities, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. He was Chair of the Judges for the Man Booker Prize 2014 and his latest books are The God Argument (2013) and Friendship (2013). Until 2011 he was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has written and edited over thirty books on philosophy and other subjects including The Good Book, Ideas That Matter, Liberty in the Age of Terror and To Set Prometheus Free. For several years he wrote columns for The Guardian and The Times. He is a frequent contributor to national newspapers, the BBC and a contributing editor of Prospect magazine. He is a representative to the UN Human Rights Council for the International Humanist and Ethical Union, a Vice President of the British Humanist Association, the Patron of the United Kingdom Armed Forces Humanist Association, a patron of Dignity in Dying, an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society and Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College Oxford. Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/GNkk/

Royal Court in Palestine

A short film looking at the work of our International department in Palestine over the last 18 years, and the journey to producing 'Fireworks' by Dalia Taha, opening 12 Feb. http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/fireworks Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/GELh/

The Big Idea: Putting the Liberian Civil War On Stage

Designer Anna Fleischle in conversation with production manager Niall Black. Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/GDOk/

Interview with Liberian Girl set Designer, Anna Fleischle

Liberian Girl set designer, Anna Fleischle, talks us through the set design of this new immersive play. Liberian Girl is on in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Jan 7 - 31 Tickets from £10 Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/FyBW/

2071 Returns January 2015

DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND THE ACCLAIMED 2071 RETURNS TO JERWOOD THEATRE DOWNSTAIRS FOR THREE SHOWS ONLY – 23 & 24 JANUARY 2015. Writer Duncan Macmillan has been talking to one of the world’s most influential Climate Scientists Chris Rapley. Working with internationally renowned director, Katie Mitchell, a new piece of theatre has been created where the science is centre stage. Climate change is a matter of importance to everyone, but what to do about it is mired in controversy. What’s needed is a conversation. What do we owe future generations? How can we protect our children and grandchildren? Tickets on sale now: http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/2071 Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/Fwzr/

Panel Discussion: Can Theatre Ever Be Green?

Theatre-makers discuss responsibility towards Climate Change in their work Speakers: Natalie Abrahami (Theatre Director), Natasha Chivers (Lighting Designer), Alison Tickell (CEO, Julie’s Bicycle) Ben Todd (Executive Director, Arcola Theatre) and Paul Handley (Production Manager, Chair). The panel analyse the responsibility to climate change in their work and discussing more environmentally friendly ways of producing theatre. More info on the panellists and The Day of Action, here: http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/business-panel-discussion The Big Idea is supported by Alix Partners. Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/FczK/ Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/FdJO/ Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/FyBV/

Liberian Girl - Interview with Diana Nneka Atuona

Between 1989 and 2003 the Civil War in Liberia saw over 200,000 people killed, a million others displaced into refugee camps, and over 15,000 children recruited into ‘Small Boys Units’. First-time writer Diana Nneka Atuona‘s Alfred Fagon award-winning play tells one teenage girl’s story of survival in this intimate and immersive production. Diana Nneka Atuona attended the Royal Court’s Peckham Writers Group, as part of Theatre Local – the Royal Court’s project to take plays to alternative spaces, sponsored by Bloomberg. She talks about her new play, Liberian Girl, on in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court Theatre, 7 - 31 Jan. Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/FmC2/

Video Trailer - Liberian Girl by Diana Nneka Atuona

Between 1989 and 2003 the Civil War in Liberia saw over 200,000 people killed, a million others displaced into refugee camps, and over 15,000 children recruited into ‘Small Boys Units’. First-time writer Diana Nneka Atuona‘s Alfred Fagon award-winning play tells one teenage girl’s story of survival in this intimate and immersive production. The show will run from 7 - 31 Jan at the Royal Court, before touring to: CLF Art Cafe, Bussey Building, Peckham from 3 - 7 Feb Bernie Grants Arts Centre in Tottenham from 10 - 14 Feb http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/liberian-girl Trailer oroduced by Speeding Films: www.speedingfilms.com Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/FkhX/

Hope - Audience Responses

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Hope - Interview with Jack Thorne

How do you save 22 million pounds? Mark and Hilary, the leaders of the Council are about to find out. Following the success of Let The Right One In and This is England ’86, Jack Thorne has written an urgent political play, a funny and scathing fable attacking the squeeze on local government. Jack Thorne talks about his new play, Hope, on in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre, 26 Nov - 10 Jan. Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/FgiP/

Hope by Jack Thorne: Trailer

How do you save 22 million pounds? Mark and Hilary, the leaders of the Council are about to find out. Following the success of Let The Right One In and This is England ’86, Jack Thorne has written an urgent political play, a funny and scathing fable attacking the squeeze on local government. Age Guidance 14+ For more information head to: http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/hope Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/FeUe/

Panel Discussion: Can Business Ever Be Green?

Sat 15 Nov Day of Action Panel Discussion: Can Business Ever be Green? (Part of The Big Idea events around 2071 - a new piece of theatre about climate change) Simon Graham, Environmental Strategist at Commercial Group, one of the biggest independent companies in the UK; Olivier Lawder, Creative Planner at Futerra, working to deliver sustainability campaigns; Bioregional Programme Manager, Tom Hill and Daniel Turner, Head of Disclosure at CDP, seek to discuss how and if businesses can operate commercially whilst lowering their carbon emissions. More info on the panellists and The Day of Action, here: http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/business-panel-discussion The Big Idea is supported by Alix Partners. Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/FczK/

Teh Internet Is Serious Business: reviews trailer

'Teh Internet is Serious Business' is an anarchic retelling of the birth of Hacktivism and Anonymous written by Tim Price. ★★★★ “enlightening and unexpectedly touching… strangely liberating”- (Guardian) ★★★★ “A play for our times” (The Telegraph) ★★★★ “gloriously messy and completely intoxicating” (What's On Stage) (18 September - 25 October) For more information and tickets visit: http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/teh-internet Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/FXwG/

Because a play about the internet wouldn't be complete without one...

The cast of Teh Internet is Serious Business (and Royal Court staff) pay tribute to the viral phenomenon that was, The Harlem Shake. 'Teh Internet is Serious Business' is an anarchic retelling of the birth of hacktivism and Anonymous written by Tim Price. ★★★★ “enlightening and unexpectedly touching… strangely liberating”- (Guardian) ★★★★ “A play for our times” (The Telegraph) ★★★★ “gloriously messy and completely intoxicating” (What's On Stage) (18 September - 25 October) For more information and tickets visit: http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/teh-internet

An (attempted) interview with Socially Awkward Penguin

Backstage interview with Socially Awkward Penguin 'Teh Internet is Serious Business' is an anarchic retelling of the birth of hacktivism and Anonymous written by Tim Price. ★★★★ “enlightening and unexpectedly touching… strangely liberating”- (Guardian) ★★★★ “A play for our times” (The Telegraph) ★★★★ “gloriously messy and completely intoxicating” (What's On Stage) (18 September - 25 October) For more information and tickets visit: http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/what...

Teh Internet is Serious Business: an exclusive backstage interview with Condescending Willy Wonka

Backstage interview with Willy Wonka who stars in ''Teh Internet is Serious Business', an anarchic retelling of the birth of hacktivism and Anonymous written by Tim Price. ★★★★ “enlightening and unexpectedly touching… strangely liberating”- (Guardian) ★★★★ “A play for our times” (The Telegraph) ★★★★ “gloriously messy and completely intoxicating” (What's On Stage) (18 September - 25 October) For more information and tickets visit: http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/what...

The Big Idea: In Conversation with LULZSEC

Former Anonymous and LulzSec hacktivists Mustafa Al-Bassam, Jake Davis, Darren Martyn and Ryan Ackroyd appeared together publically for first time since being convicted for computer hacking on the Royal Court Theatre stage, in conversation with Academic and Anthropologist Gabriella Coleman. It was part of the Big Idea event which surrounded the new play 'Teh Internet is Serious Business', an anarchic retelling of the birth of hacktivism, by Tim Price. For more information and tickets visit: http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/teh-internet http://amara.org/v/FS8N/

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: http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/teh-internet-is-serious-business 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: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/uk/ For full list of image credits please follow this link: http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/mmlib/includes/sendapplicationfile.php?id=4592

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.

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