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Events in Autumn/Winter 2017/18 Season

Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone on our new season:

“Having had an extraordinary first half of 2017 at the Royal Court where some of Britain’s major world class theatre artists have made remarkable, landmark work, this autumn we invite emerging writers from across the world to make radical new work for Britain.

From Syria, Ukraine, Argentina and the US, these writers – all women – are writing about conflict, radicalism and justice. Whether it is the impact of war on women as in Bad Roads by Natal’ya Vorozhbit or the lies and bribes used to quieten the families losing their sons in Syria in Liwaa Yazji’s Goats, these plays are hewn from the need to magnify, to tell, and to deepen our understanding of the often closed off stories and lives that we only witness filtered through news channels.

These plays are the result of the unique long term relationships that have been built through the ground breaking work of the Royal Court’s International Department.

It is impossible not to work in both a global and local context in these complex times. This season aspires to give audiences voices from both.

In the New Year, British writers make their debuts on our stages, including Simon Longman voicing rural England in Gundog with extraordinary poetry and wit. The mighty Dennis Kelly returns to the Court with Girls and Boys – a devastating new work directed by Lyndsey Turner. We are thrilled to be co-producing Andrea Dunbar’s Rita Sue and Bob Too with Out of Joint, welcoming Max Stafford-Clark back to direct; and to have Black Men Walking by Testament directed by Dawn Walton from Eclipse Theatre on stage at the Court. Both productions are coming to the Royal Court as part of their nationwide tours.

Beyond the Court, our 3 year engagement with the communities of Tottenham and Pimlico, will culminate with work across both boroughs as well as in Sloane Square – three years of new conversation, unearthed talent and new relationships that have changed us forever.”