Press Release: Season Announcement, Autumn 2015

Published on Tue 14 Jul 2015

ROYAL COURT THEATRE AUTUMN SEASON

AUGUST 2015 – JANUARY 2016

  • Four world premières bringing together leading playwrights with new voices, two UK premières of ground-breaking American plays by the US’s most original voices.
  • Cordelia Lynn’s debut play LELA & CO directed by Jude Christian premières in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Thursday 3 September – Saturday 3 October.
  • Martin McDonagh returns to the Royal Court with his first new play in London for more than ten years, HANGMEN, to be directed by Matthew Dunster in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Thursday 10 September – Saturday 10 October.
  • Nicola Wilson’s Royal Court debut play PLAQUES AND TANGLES directed by Royal Court Associate Director Lucy Morrison will première in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Wednesday 14 October – Saturday 21 November.
  • Brooklyn-based ensemble the TEAM bring their devised multimedia show ROOSEVELVIS to the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Wednesday 21 October – Saturday 14 November.
  • Penelope Skinner returns to the Royal Court with her Jerwood Theatre Downstairs debut LINDA directed by Michael Longhurst, Wednesday 25 November – Saturday 9 January 2016.
  • Korean-American playwright Mia Chung’s UK première YOU FOR ME FOR YOU directed by Royal Court Associate Director (International) Richard Twyman in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Thursday 3 December – Saturday 9 January.
  • Over the summer, the Royal Court BAR & KITCHEN hosts an unique pop-up dining experience for three nights only in August.
  • BEYOND THE COURT: The Royal Court to host summer of events in Tottenham.
  • LIVE LUNCH returns with new plays from some of the Royal Court’s most talented emerging writers performed during your lunch break.
  • The Royal Court will host its first adult relaxed performance of Linda – reaching audiences who need and prefer a more open, inclusive, relaxed performing environment.
  • THE BIG IDEA continues with a programme of talks, debates and events inspired by the work on stage.

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Tickets for the new season go on sale to Friends on Thursday 16 July at 10am and on sale to the general public on Friday 17 July at 1pm

020 7565 5000 / www.royalcourttheatre.com

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Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre, Vicky Featherstone said:
“From the return of Martin McDonagh to theatre with a hilarious and dark new play, to Mia Chung’s play about North Korean sisters fleeing the regime, this autumn is a season which purely encompasses all that the Royal Court is about. Whether from the more experienced writer or the brand new, like Cordelia Lynn and Nicola Wilson, this is the very best in fearless and excoriating writing for theatre. These plays start a conversation which probe and provoke, asking questions of our time and ourselves.

Created and programmed in an environment which fiercely supports the writer to be individual and questioning, these six plays are dynamic, incredibly theatrically and stylistically varied. Yet all in some way deal with transgression – of crossing a line, of a non-acceptance of who we are or what we are forced to become.

I am particularly proud to announce our first ever relaxed performance for adults for Linda – Penelope Skinner’s extraordinary new play about a 55 year old woman and her fight to remain visible in her world. I’m delighted too to develop our relationship in our Beyond the Court programme with a thrilling series of summer events led by some of our most exciting artists and communities in Tottenham. I am also excited to welcome the TEAM to the Royal Court for the first time with RooseElvis – a brilliantly performed and devised piece about gender, boundaries and dreaming to be other.”

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Lela & Co.

By Cordelia Lynn
Directed by Jude Christian
Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
Thursday 3 September – Saturday 3 October 2015

“As for what came next, things unspoken and untold until now, it happened like this…”

In the beginning was the mattress.

Gradually, other little changes – more bolts on the front door; the gun; the locked cupboard.

And she knew in her heart that change was bad.

The story of a young girl trapped in an increasingly tiny world.

“Thank you for your interest in Lela & Co. Please feel free to take a feedback form on your way out…”

Based on a true story.

First-time Royal Court playwright Cordelia Lynn teams up with director Jude Christian.

Conceived and Developed with Desara Bosnja and 1989 Productions.

Design by Ana Inés Jabares Pita, lighting by Oliver Fenwick and sound by David McSeveney.

Cast to be announced.

Cordelia Lynn took part in the 2012 Royal Court Writers Group. Her previous theatre credits include Believers Anonymous (Rosemary Branch) and After the War (ADC, Olivier Bristol).

Jude Christian’s theatre includes Harajuku Girls (Finborough), I’d Rather Goya Robbed Me Of My Sleep Than Some Other Arsehole (Gate, Boom Arts Portland), Bwyta Eliffant? Sut Mae Gwneud Hynny Dwedwch? / How Do You Eat An Elephant? (National Youth Theatre of Wales), Happy, The Mushroom (Pentabus), My Romantic History (English Theatre Berlin), Sonata Movements (Blue Elephant). Opera includes ©alculated to Death (Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival London, Future Shorts Tokyo), Opera ‘Reflection’ workshop (Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.)

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The Big Idea: Lela & Co.

Playwright Cordelia Lynn in conversation with Royal Court Deputy Literary Manager Louise Stephens

Wednesday 16 September, post-show
Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
Free with a ticket to that evening’s performance
Event Partner: Time Out

More Big Idea events to be announced.

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Listings Information:

Lela & Co.
By Cordelia Lynn
Directed by Jude Christian
Thursday 3 September – Saturday 3 October 2015
Jerwood Theatre Upstairs , Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS
Monday – Saturday 7.45pm
Saturday matinees (from 12 September) 3pm
Thursday matinees (from 17 September) 3pm
Captioned Performance Friday 2 October 7.45pm
Press Night Wednesday 9 September 7pm
Age Guidance 14+

Tickets £20. Monday’s all seats £10 (available on the day of performance 9am online)

Concessions £15* (available in advance until 12 September, and all matinees. For all other performances, available on a standby basis on the day)

Access £12 (plus a companion at the same rate)

*ID required. All discounts subject to availability.
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Hangmen

By Martin McDonagh
Directed by Matthew Dunster
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
Thursday 10 September – Saturday 10 October 2015

“I’m just as good as bloody Pierrepoint”

In his small pub in Oldham, Harry is something of a local celebrity. But what’s the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they’ve abolished hanging? Amongst the cub reporters and sycophantic pub regulars dying to hear Harry’s reaction to the news, a peculiar stranger lurks, with a very different motive for his visit.

“Don’t worry. I may have my quirks but I’m not an animal. Or am I? One for the courts to discuss.”

Martin McDonagh returns to the Royal Court with his first UK play in more than ten years. Matthew Dunster directs.

With design by Anna Fleischle, lighting by Joshua Carr and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph

Cast to be announced.

Martin McDonagh’s work for the Royal Court includes The Beauty Queen of Leenane, A Skull in Connemara and The Lonesome West (Druid Theatre/Royal Court & Broadway).
Other theatre includes The Cripple of Inishmaan (National/Noel Coward/Broadway), The Pillowman (National/ Broadway), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (RSC/Garrick/Broadway) and A Behanding in Spokane (Broadway). For film (as Writer/Director) credits include Six Shooter (Short), In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths. Martin has been awarded the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy (The Lieutenant of Inishmore), an Olivier Award for Best New Play (The Pillowman), an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film (Six Shooter) and a BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay (In Bruges).

Matthew Dunster’s credits for the Royal Court include Liberian Girl. His other credits include The Seagull, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Open Air Regent’s Park), Love’s Sacrifice (RSC), The Lightning Child, Arthur Darvill and Doctor Faustus (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Love Girl & the Innocent, You Can Still Make a Killing (Southwark Playhouse), Mametz (National Theatre Wales), Before the Party (Almeida), A Sacred Flame (English Touring), Saturday Night, Sunday Morning (Royal Exchange Manchester), Mogadishu (Royal Exchange, Manchester and Lyric Hammersmith), The Most Incredible Thing (Sadler’s Wells), The Two Gentleman of Verona (Royal & Derngate, Northampton). As a writer, his credits include Children’s Children (Almeida) and You Can See the Hills (Royal Exchange Manchester).

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The Big Idea: Hangmen

Director Matthew Dunster and members of the cast in conversation with Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone

Wednesday 7 October, post-show
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
Free with a ticket to that evening’s performance

This event takes place following a captioned performance and will be a live-subtitled event.

Event Partner: Time Out

More Big Idea events to be announced.

Listings Information:

Hangmen
By Martin McDonagh
Directed by Matthew Dunster
Thursday 10 September – Saturday 10 October 2015
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs , Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS
Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
Saturday matinees (from 19 September) 2.30pm
Thursday matinees (from 24 September) 2.30pm
Captioned Performance Wednesday 7 October, 7.30pm
Touch Tour Saturday 10 October, 1pm Audio Described Saturday 10 October, 2.30pm
Press Night Friday 18 September 7pm
Age Guidance 14+

Tickets £35, £25, £16, £12. Mondays all seats £10 (available in advance to Friends and Supporters subject to availability. For general public available on day of performance from 9am online).

Concessions £5 off top two prices* (available in advance until 19 September, and all matinees. For all other performances, available on a standby basis on the day). 25s and under £12 (limited availability).

Access £12 (plus a companion at the same rate)

*ID required. All discounts subject to availability.
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Plaques and Tangles

By Nicola Wilson
Directed by Lucy Morrison
Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
Wednesday 14 October – Saturday 21 November 2015

“I do not accept there is anything wrong with me”

Days before her wedding Megan discovers she has a 50-50 chance of developing early onset Alzheimer’s. Years later she’s offered a genetic test. But if she’s got the gene does she really want to know?

Megan, 21. Megan, 47. Megan, 32. Megan, 27.

One woman lurches through time on a wild memory trip while her young family deal with the consequences.

“I can’t think. But I still feel. And most of the time I feel scared. Scared because it’s too soon. I haven’t finished yet.”

Nicola Wilson’s Royal Court debut Plaques and Tangles explores one woman’s life with early onset Alzheimer’s. Royal Court Associate Lucy Morrison directs.

Design by Andrew D. Edwards and lighting by Anna Watson.

Cast to be announced.

Nicola Wilson’s previous theatre includes Moonwalking (Oran Mor). Radio includes Cut to the Heart, Life on the Edges.

Lucy Morrison is Associate Director at the Royal Court where her credits include Hidden (Live Lunch), Who Cares, Pests and Product (also at Traverse and European tour). Pests was a Royal Court co-production with Clean Break for whom Lucy has worked as Head of Artistic Programming and directed Billy the Girl (Soho Theatre), Little on the Inside (Almeida Festival and Latitude), it felt empty when the heart went at first but it is alright now (Arcola Theatre) and This Wide Night (Soho). Morrison also originated and commissioned the Charged and Re-Charged seasons at Soho Theatre in which she directed Fatal Light and Doris Day.

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The Big Idea: Plaques and Tangles

Playwright Nicola Wilson in conversation with Royal Court Associate Director Lucy Morrison

Wednesday 28 October, post-show
Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
Free with a ticket to that evening’s performance
Event Partner: Time Out

More Big Idea events to be announced.

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Listings Information:

Plaques and Tangles
By Nicola Wilson
Directed by Lucy Morrison
Wednesday 14 October – Saturday 21 November 2015
Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS
Monday – Saturday 7.45pm
Saturday matinees (from 24 October) 3pm
Thursday matinees (from 22 October) 3pm
Captioned Performance Friday 6 November 7.45pm
Press Night Tuesday 20 October 7pm
Age Guidance 14+

Tickets £20. Mondays all seats £10 (available on day of performance from 9am online).

Concessions £15* (available in advance until 24 October, and all matinees. For all other performances, available on a standby basis on the day)

Access £12 (plus a companion at the same rate)

*ID required. All discounts subject to availability.

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RoosevElvis

Created by the TEAM
Directed by Rachel Chavkin
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
Wednesday 21 October – Saturday 14 November 2015

On a hallucinatory road trip from the Badlands to Graceland, the spirits of Elvis Presley and Theodore Roosevelt battle over the soul of Ann, a painfully shy meat-processing plant worker, and what kind of man or woman Ann should become. Set against the boundless blue skies of the Great Plains and endless American highway, RoosevElvis is a new work about gender, appetite, and the multitudes we contain.

The TEAM is a Brooklyn-based ensemble dedicated to creating new work about the experience of living in America today.

The TEAM’s RoosevElvis is written by Rachel Chavkin, Libby King, Jake Margolin, and Kristen Sieh. Created in collaboration with Matt Hubbs, Andrew Schneider, and Nick Vaughan.

It is performed by Libby King and Kristen Sieh. Rachel Chavkin directs.

Scenic design by Nick Vaughan, lighting by Austin Smith, sound design by Matt Hubbs, video design by Andrew Schneider and costume by Kristen Sieh.

Once described as “Gertrude Stein meets MTV,” the TEAM’s work crashes American history and mythology into modern stories to illuminate the current moment. The company combines aggressive athleticism with emotional performances and intellectual rigor, keeping the brain, eyes and heart of the audience constantly stimulated.

Since 2004, the TEAM has created and toured nine works nationally and internationally. They are four-time winners of the Scotsman Fringe First Award, Winner 2011 Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize, 2011 Herald Angel, and 2008 Edinburgh Total Theatre Award, and were listed “Best of 2013″ on 3 continents.

The TEAM’s collaborative creation process and the making of their original musical Mission Drift (which had a sold-out 2013 run in The Shed at the National Theatre) was the subject of a feature-length documentary directed by Emmy-Award winner Paulette Douglas. the TEAM is now celebrating its 10th year together as an ensemble, and recently released an anthology, Five Plays by the TEAM, published by Oberon.

Libby King’s credits with the TEAM include RoosevElvis, Mission Drift, Architecting, and Particularly in the Heartland (Best Actress, Dublin Fringe). Other theatre credits include: Tectonic Theatre’s The Laramie Project Cycle (BAM); 27 by Abi Morgan (National Theatre of Scotland / Royal Lyceum Theatre); Death of a Salesman (Siti Company / Swine Palace Productions) and an adapatation of The Blind by Bathsheba Doran (Classic Stage Company). Her film credits include B.U.S.T.

Kristen Sieh’s theatre credits include RoosevElvis, Architecting, Particularly in the Heartland, A Thousand Natural Shocks, Howl, Mission Drift (the TEAM); Twelfth Night (Pig Iron); Fortress of Solitude, February House (The Public Theater); Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage (Banana, Bag & Bodice); Men on Boats (Clubbed Thumb); The World is Round (BAM); Gatz, The Sound and the Fury (Elevator Repair Service); St. Joan of the Stockyards (PS122); Iphigenia at Aulis (Classic Stage Company).

Her television credits include Orange is the New Black, Boardwalk Empire and Law and Order.

Rachel Chavkin’s theatre credits include a decade of making work with the TEAM including Give Up! Start Over! (2005 Fringe First), Particularly in the Heartland (2006 Fringe First), Architecting (co-produced by the National Theatre of Scotland and PS122, 2008 Fringe First), and Mission Drift (2011 Fringe First, Herald Angel, Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize). Outside of the TEAM Rachel primarily works on new plays and music theater works, including multiple collaborations with Dave MalloyPreludes (LCT3) and Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (Ars Nova / Kazino, 2012 Obie Award, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel nom. Best Direction, Top Ten 2012 and 2013 NY Times, Time Out NY and NY Post); Bess Wohl’s Small Mouth Sounds (Ars Nova), Marco Ramirez’s The Royale (Old Globe); Three Pianos (Ontological Incubator, NYTW, A.R.T., 2010 Obie Award); and multiple collaborations with Taylor Mac, including The Lily’s Revenge and Peace (HERE).

Jake Margolin’s theatre credits include RoosevElvis, Mission Drift, Waiting for You, Architecting and Particularly in the Heartland (the TEAM).

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The Big Idea: RoosevElvis

The TEAM ensemble members Libby King and Kristen Sieh in conversation with Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone

Friday 30 October, post-show
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
Free with a ticket to that evening’s performance

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Listings Information:

the TEAM’s RoosevElvis
Created by Rachel Chavkin, Libby King, Jake Margolin, and Kristen Sieh, with Matt Hubbs, Andrew Schneider and Nick Vaughan
Directed by Rachel Chavkin
Wednesday 21 October – Saturday 14 November 2015
Jerwood Theatre Upstairs , Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS
Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
Saturday matinees (from 31 October) 2.30pm
Captioned Performance Wednesday 11 November 7.30pm
Touch Tour Saturday 14 November 1pm Audio Described Saturday 14 November 2.30pm Press Night Monday 26 October 7pm
Age Guidance 14+

Tickets £25, £20, £16, £12 Mondays all seats £10 (available in advance to Friends and Supporters subject to availability. For general public available on day of performance from 9am online).

Concessions £5 off top two ticket prices* (available in advance until 31 October, and all matinees. For all other performances, available on a standby basis on the day). 25s and under £12 (limited availability).

Access £12 (plus a companion at the same rate)

*ID required. All discounts subject to availability.
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Linda

By Penelope Skinner
Directed by Michael Longhurst
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
Wednesday 25 November 2015 – Saturday 9 January 2016

“I’m an award-winning business woman. I’m happily married with two beautiful daughters and I still fit in the same size ten dress suit I did fifteen years ago. What could possibly threaten me?”

Linda Wilde has dedicated her life to changing the world. She’s won awards for her efforts, at the same time as working hard to become an inspiring mother, and an independent, loving wife.

Now, at 55, she seems to have it all. But Linda isn’t satisfied. She’s a woman in her prime and she’s embarking on her most ambitious plan to date. Beneath the surface, the cracks are starting to show.

“Old for a woman means worthless. Invisible. Of course we’re terrified. You tell us we peak at sixteen and it’s downhill all the way from there. Well I haven’t worked this hard to be pushed aside at the last hurdle. I refuse to be silenced. I will not disappear. I am Linda Wilde. And I’m still here!”

Penelope Skinner returns to the Royal Court with her first Jerwood Theatre Downstairs play Linda, directed by Michael Longhurst.

Cast to be announced.

Penelope Skinner’s credits for the Royal Court include The Big Idea: Age (Open Court) and The Village Bike. Her other theatre credits include The Village Bike (MCC Theater); The Promise (Donmar Warehouse at the Trafalgar Studios); Fred’s Diner (Chichester Festival); The Sound of Heavy Rain (Paines Plough); Greenland (National); Eigengrau (Bush) and Fucked (Old Red Lion / Assembly). For film her credits include Mary Queen of Scots and How I Live Now. For television her credits include Fresh Meat (Channel 4). For radio her credits include Planet B, The Man in Black: The Old Road (BBC Radio 7); Scratch (BBC Radio 3); and Murder in the Toilet (Cookham FM). Penelope is Winner of the 2011 George Devine Award, the Charles Wintour Most Promising Playwright Award at the 2011 Evening Standard Theatre Awards. She was also nominated for the 2012 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre.

Michael Longhurst’s credits for the Royal Court include Constellations, The Art of Dying and Remembrance Day. His other credits include Carmen Disruption (Almeida), Bad Jews (St James’s Theatre/ Arts), Tis Pity She’s A Whore (The Globe), A Number (Young Vic & Southampton), If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet (The Roundabout Theatre NY.), Stovepipe (HighTide / Bush), On The Beach (as part of The Contingency Plan at the Bush), On The Record (Arcola), dirty butterfly (winner of the Jerwood Directors Award at the Young Vic), 1 In 5 (as part of Daring Pairings at Hampstead) and Guardians (Edinburgh Festival).
He was a recipient of the Jerwood Directors Award (2007) at the Young Vic and a Fringe First in 2005.

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The Big Idea: Linda

Playwright Penelope Skinner in conversation with Royal Court Literary Manager Chris Campbell

Tuesday 15 December, post-show
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
Free with a ticket to that evening’s performance
Event Partner: Time Out

More Big Idea events to be announced.

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Listings Information:

Linda
By Penelope Skinner
Directed by Michael Longhurst
Wednesday 25 November 2015 – Saturday 9 January 2016
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS
Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
Saturday matinees (from 5 December) 2.30pm
Thursday matinees from (3 December) 2.30pm
Captioned Performance Tuesday 5 January 2016, 7.30pm
Touch Tour Saturday 9 January 1pm Audio Described Saturday 9 January 2.30pm
Relaxed Performance+ Saturday 19 December, 2.30pm
Press Night Tuesday 1 December 7pm
Age Guidance 14+

Tickets £35, £25, £16, £12. Mondays all seats £10 (available in advance to Friends and Supporters subject to availability. For general public available on day of performance from 9am online). 25s and under £12 (limited availability).

Concessions £5 off top two ticket prices* (available in advance until 5 December, and all matinees. For all other performances, available on a standby basis on the day)

Access £12 (plus a companion at the same rate)

*ID required. All discounts subject to availability.

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Following the Royal Court Theatre’s first relaxed performance of The Twits, a second relaxed performance for adults is programmed for Linda by Penelope Skinner. This production has an age recommendation of 14+ and is not suitable for a younger audience.

This relaxed performance is open to anyone 14 years and over with sensory or communication difficulties who feel they would benefit from a performance with a more relaxed atmosphere. Should you have any questions regarding this performance or to make a booking, please contact [email protected]

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You For Me For You

By Mia Chung
Directed by Richard Twyman
Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
Thursday 3 December 2015 – Saturday 9 January 2016

– Trees don’t have ears.
– How are you so sure?

As they attempt to flee the Best Nation in the World, North Korean sisters Minhee and Junhee are torn apart at the border. Each must race across time and space to be together again – navigating the perilous Land of the Free and the treacherous terrain of personal belief.

Food has learned to sprint. Money is so fast it doesn’t wait to be printed. Gossip travels swifter than germs.

Korean-American playwright Mia Chung’s play has its UK première in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs. Royal Court Associate Director (International) Richard Twyman directs.

Conceived by and developed with Desara Bosjna and 1989 Productions.

Cast to be announced.

Mia Chung’s theatre credits include You for Me for You (Woolly Mammoth Theatre / Company One); This Exquisite Corpse, Catch as Catch Can, Skin in the Game, an adaptation of The Orphan of Zhao and We Spend Our Lives.

Richard Twyman is an Associate Director at the Royal Court. For the Royal Court Richard’s credits include Fireworks, The Djinns of Eidgah, Phil in Space, PIIGS and A New Song. Richard directed The Djinns of Eidgah for Rage Theatre in Mumbai as part of the Writers Bloc Festival. His other theatres credits include Henry IV Pt II (RSC), Ditch (Old Vic Tunnels / HighTide), Sixty-Six Books (Bush Theatre) and Give Me Your Hand (the Irish Rep, New York).

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The Big Idea: You for Me for You

Playwright Mia Chung in conversation with Royal Court Associate Director (International) Richard Twyman
Wednesday 9 December 2015, post-show
Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
Free with a ticket to that evening’s performance
Event Partner: Time Out

More Big Idea events to be announced.

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Listings Information:

You For Me For You
By Mia Chung
Directed by Richard Twyman
Thursday 3 December 2015 – Saturday 9 January 2016
Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS
Monday – Saturday 7.45pm
Saturday matinees (from 12 December) 3pm
Thursday matinees from 10 December) 3pm
Captioned Performance 6 January 7.45pm
Press Night Tuesday 8 December 7pm
Age Guidance 14+

Tickets £20. Mondays all seats £10 (available on day of performance from 9am online).

Concessions £15* (available in advance until 12 December, and all matinees. For all other performances, available on a standby basis on the day) 25s and under £12 (limited availability).

Access £12 (plus a companion at the same rate)

*ID required. All discounts subject to availability

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Royal Court: Tottenham

As part of its three year engagement with the area, the Royal Court Theatre is to host a series of free events and performances to take place across Tottenham this summer.

  • The Royal Court will be working with Tottenham residents at Bruce Grove Youth Centre, Haringey Shed and the Wellside to create new pieces of theatre focussing on issues important to them.
  • Quang K Van will start the programme with a promenade dance performance, performed by community dancers and drummers across Lordship Rec. This will include a special appearance by students from Pimlico Academy who the Royal Court are currently working with through their Royal Court: Pimlico engagement with the SW1V area.
  • Combining personal testimony and fiction, the Tottenham Community Cast of the Royal Court’s recent verbatim play about the NHS, Who Cares, written by Michael Wynne, have collaboratively devised a piece of theatre that makes an impassioned plea for the future of their community. Directed by Debbie Hannan.
  • Selina Thompson will perform her solo full length piece Chewing The Fat at White Hart Studios, Haringey Sixth Form College.
  • New pieces by leading theatre makers Rob Drummond, Rachel Mars, and Islington Community Theatre will be performed for the first time for Tottenham audiences.
  • The performance night for Tottenham Artists, Platform Tottenham, will return.
  • The events will take place in parks, community centres, schools and theatres and will feature a range of performances, workshops and collaborations with residents from Tottenham.

Full details to be announced shortly.
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Live Lunch

Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
Friday 23 and Friday 30 October, 1.15pm
Friday 6, Friday 13 and Friday 20 November,1.15pm

Live Lunch will return with five new plays.

Five writers from the Royal Court Live Lunch Writers Group will create new plays to be performed live as lunchtime readings during the run of Plaques and Tangles in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs.

Running time: 50 minutes.

Playwrights and cast to be announced.

The Royal Court Bar & Kitchen will be serving lunch pre and post show.

Listings Information:
Live Lunch
Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
Friday 23 and Friday 30 October, 1.15pm
Friday 6, Friday 13 and Friday 20 November,1.15pm
Age Guidance 14+
Tickets £8

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Balcony Bistro Supper Club

Presented by the Royal Court Bar & Kitchen
Balcony Bar
Tuesday 4, Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 August 2015 7.30pm

Join the Royal Court Bar & Kitchen team as the sun sets over Sloane Square for an exclusive and intimate pop-up dining experience in the picturesque Balcony Bar. For three nights only, 25 guests have the opportunity to enjoy a decadent six course tasting menu with a focus on fresh summer produce and Mediterranean flavours.

Prepared by the Royal Court’s Bar & Kitchen in-house chefs.

The event is priced at £40 per head which includes all food and a welcome cocktail.

All dietary requirements will be attempted to be accommodated with advance warning.

All courses will have vegetarian alternatives where applicable.

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Listings information:

Balcony Bistro Supper Club
Presented by the Royal Court Bar & Kitchen
Balcony Bar
Wednesday 5, Thursday 6 and Friday 7 August 2015 7.30pm
Limited capacity
Price £40

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For more information or images please contact Anoushka Hay on 0207 565 5063 / [email protected]

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Press Nights:

Wed 9 Sep, 7pm Lela and Co. by Cordelia Lynn Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
Fri 18 Sep, 7pm Hangmen by Martin McDonagh Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
Tue 20 Oct, 7pm Plaques & Tangles by Nicola Wilson Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
Mon 26 Oct, 7pm RoosevElvis by The TEAM Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
Tue 1 Dec, 7pm Linda by Penelope Skinner Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
Tue 8 Dec, 7pm You For Me For You by Mia Chung Jerwood Theatre Upstairs

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Coutts is the Royal Court Theatre Innovation Partner

Coutts is the wealth division of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. Coutts has a long history of supporting the arts going back 200 years, having looked after the financial affairs of many famous clients connected with the arts such as Bram Stoker, Charles Dickens and Chopin. In 1816, Thomas Coutts married Harriot Mellon, a popular actress of her day, and together they became partners of a number of London Theatres, including the Drury Lane and the Royal Opera House. Coutts has even featured in a number of artistic works including The Gondoliers by Gilbert and Sullivan, and Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. In the new millennium, this tradition has continued not only through Coutts managing the finances of many of today’s top writers, actors and musicians, but also through our arts sponsorship programme. We are delighted to support The Royal Court and it’s diverse range of ground-breaking performances. For further information please visit “Coutts”:http://www.coutts.com

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