FAQs for Living Newspaper performances at the Royal Court

Please note the Royal Court building is currently closed to the general public.

We recognise that coming to the Royal Court to see Living Newspaper may well be your first theatre visit since March, and we want to make the experience as comfortable as possible. We are taking the necessary measures to ensure the safety of audiences, performers and staff – please read our COVID-19 Safety Information for more detail.

The Royal Court will open from Thursday 10 December for audiences attending Living Newspaper. Due to government restrictions, the building will only be accessible to ticket holders at this time.

Living Newspaper is a physically active piece of promenade theatre across six floors of the Royal Court building, and it will include prolonged periods of standing, going up and down stairs, and moving around the building. Step free access and a lift are available.

Any individual who considers themselves to be clinically extremely vulnerable or who is in the same household or support bubble as someone who considers themselves to be clinically extremely vulnerable is advised not to attend in-person performances, and enjoy the Living Newspaper digital capture.

In-person performances

In-person performances will take on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday of each edition week.

As Living Newspaper is a promenade performance and audiences will be socially distanced, tickets are extremely limited. Each performance has a capacity of 15 people. Tickets are available for five performances of Edition 1.

Living Newspaper will begin outside the theatre. Patrons will be welcomed by a member of the Box Office team at there will be a small amount of socially-distanced queuing on arrival, as we wait for all audience members to arrive. Queuing will be kept to a minimum due to the reduced number of patrons at each performance.

The performance will come to an end in our Bar & Kitchen, where refreshments will be available. 


Living Newspaper tickets start at £12 for in-person performances and will go on sale on Mondays at noon. We will use a Queue-It queueing system to make sure everyone has a fair chance of accessing tickets.

Due to this extremely limited capacity, each booker is limited to a maximum of two tickets per performance. As all audience members will be socially distanced, your second ticket can be used by someone outside your household.

Tickets will be sent via email as an e-ticket. You will be asked to present the e-ticket on arrival for the live performances.

Accessible performances

In-person performances of Living Newspaper will be accessible for wheelchair users.

Scripts will be available for performances on Fridays and Saturdays for anyone that might benefit from having the text available to them during the performance.

Audio described enhanced pre-show notes will be available for Saturday performances of each edition.

Things to know in advance of your visit

  • We are not operating a cloakroom, so we ask ticket-holders to not bring any bulky items with them when they visit the Royal Court
  • Toilet facilities will be open once you come to the end of the performance. Toilets will not be open before the performance unless for extraordinary circumstances. The nearest toilets for use before attending Living Newspaper are across Sloane Square in John Lewis.
  • Latecomers will not be admitted and if you miss your timeslot, we will not be able to offer you tickets for another in-person performance.

Refunds & Exchanges

We want to be as flexible as possible, and therefore we are amending our terms and conditions for Living Newspaper. 

If you contact us at least 24 hours before the performance we will be able to offer either an exchange* or a credit note.

We will be able to offer a refund in the following circumstances:

  • If affected by health issues related to COVID-19 
  • If the performance of Living Newspaper is cancelled 
  • If you are unable to travel to the Royal Court due to Government restrictions.

*Due to the limited capacity of Living Newspaper, it’s unlikely that we will be able to offer an exchange to another performance at the Court, however we can offer to exchange your ticket to the digital capture of the edition so you can watch online at home.