The Royal Court Theatre Announces Reopening Programme Wednesday 16 June 2021 to Saturday 18 December 2021

Published on Mon 17 May 2021

Work includes:

seven methods of killing kylie jenner by Jasmine Lee-Jones

The Song Project created by Chloe Lamford, Wende, Isobel Waller-Bridge and Imogen Knight 

Is God Is by Aleshea Harris

What If If Only by Caryl Churchill

Rare Earth Mettle by Al Smith

Jerwood Theatre Upstairs to house Living Archive – a series of events and bespoke interactive experiences rejecting the historical notion of an archive  bringing attention to work which has been erased or not brought to public consciousness. 

Series 5 of the Playwright’s Podcast released in partnership with the Berliner Theatertreffen Stückemarkt 

  • £12 Mondays are back
  • To make up for a lost year under 26 ticket discounts are extended to under 27s
  • Tickets go on sale to the general public at 12noon on Friday 21 May 2021

Royal Court Theatre Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone 

“After the huge success and collaborative adventure of Living Newspaper – when we made 98 films working with over 300 freelancers, reaching 46 countries and with audiences in their thousands we are now proud to be re-opening our building with four pieces of work by eight writers which were all postponed by the sudden onset of the global pandemic. We are also thrilled to be announcing a new short play written at the height of this time, by Caryl Churchill.

It is testament to the vision and questing of the playwrights and artists at the Royal Court, that the work programmed two years ago is still way ahead of its time. In fact, seeing through the new optics of our post-pandemic and ruptured world these pieces now seem more acute, more urgent and more universal than ever. The Royal Court was created in 1956 to be ahead of public taste and consciousness and if anything, this work proves that that mission is as alive now as it ever was.

We are so humbled by the support of our audience, artists, donors, board and staff since having to close and cannot wait to welcome them all back with this work, which we have fiercely protected from the pandemic.”

Royal Court Theatre Executive Producer Lucy Davies

“When the pandemic closed our doors we were about to embark on our transition to achieve carbon net zero. Our commitment to this work remains urgent, and we have spent the past months deepening our understanding and adapting our practices for re-opening. The upheavals in our sector have insisted we look at all of the ways we can be a just, equitable, transparent and ethical cultural space – from our anti-oppression work, to our relationship with freelancers, to credible climate pledges. Our values, our mission and our purpose have been re-articulated and re-set for a hopeful future.”

The Glow by Alistair McDowall, Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks by Sarah Hanly, A Fight Against… by Pablo Manzi and two Palestinians go dogging by Sami Ibrahim will be back in the first half of 2022.

seven methods of killing kylie jenner 

By Jasmine Lee-Jones 

Directed by Milli Bhatia

Wednesday 16 June 2021 – Tuesday 27 July 2021

Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

Press night Tuesday 22 June 2021, 7.45pm


The Song Project 

Some things can only be sung 

Concept by Chloe Lamford and Wende 

Created by Chloe Lamford, Wende, Isobel Waller-Bridge and Imogen Knight 

With words by E.V. Crowe, Sabrina Mahfouz, Somalia Nonyé Seaton, Stef Smith and Debris Stevenson 

Tuesday 17 August 2021 – Saturday 28 August 2021  

Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

Press night Friday 20 August 2021, 8pm

Is God Is 

By Aleshea Harris

Directed by Ola Ince 

Friday 10 September 2021 – Saturday 23 October 2021 

Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

Press night Thursday 16 September 2021, 7.30pm

What If If Only 

A new short play by Caryl Churchill 

Directed by James Macdonald

Wednesday 29 September 2021 – Saturday 23 October 2021 

Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

Press night Friday 1 October 2021, 6pm

Rare Earth Mettle 

By Al Smith 

Directed by Hamish Pirie

Wednesday 10 November 2021 – Saturday 18 December 2021 

Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

Press night Tuesday 16 November 2021, 7.30pm

Living Archive

Jerwood Theatre Upstairs

Dates to be announced


Berliner Theatertreffen Stückemarkt In Partnership with The Royal Court Theatre Releases Series Five Of The Playwright’s Podcast Featuring This Year’s Stückemarkt Artists 

Available from 10am (BST) Tuesday 18 May 2021


Productions will be performed in line with all official government guidelines in place at the time. We will adhere to our Covid safety policies to ensure audience experience is as enjoyable as possible.

Visit our website and FAQs for information about booking tickets, getting to the theatre and access. 

For information about the outdoor bar Court in the Square, and to book a table, see here.


Our pricing is accessible 

  • Half of all tickets will be available for £18 or less for seven methods of killing kylie jenner. 
  • Multibuy ticket – Book 3 or more productions and save 15%.  Valid on Band AA – B tickets, excluding Mondays. Tickets must be booked at the same time. Offer valid until 25 June. 
  • To make up for a lost year of discount schemes for young people in 2020, we are extending this discount for under 26s to under 27s. Tickets will be available at £12 for all productions across the season. 
  • Our £12 Monday scheme is continuing.


General ticket prices

seven methods of killing kylie jenner £12 – £35

The Song Project £12 – £35

Is God Is £12 – £45

What If If Only £6 – £10

Rare Earth Mettle £12 – £45

For Other ways to save see here:



As a registered charity, all donations received via bookings will go to Support the Court, a fund which enables the Royal Court to continue to create ground-breaking new work for audiences. The support allows the theatre to keep running all of its behind-the-scenes projects, delivering writers programmes here in the UK and across the world, and schemes for, and with, young people. Find out more here.


For the full press release, see here.