The shop is a friendly place to visit and browse. Have a read of your purchases whilst enjoying a coffee in our Bar & Kitchen.

For nearly two hundred years, Samuel French has been a haven for theatre lovers and theatre makers in London, stocking a huge range of plays and theatre books, and offering expert advice. The much loved bookshop in Fitzroy Street, London closed in April 2017 and was re-established in one of the most important centres of new writing in British theatre.

Simon, the shop manager from the store on Fitzroy Street for thirty years, is on hand to help and answer questions.

We look forward to welcoming customers and friends from the old bookshop, and introducing many more theatre-goers to the Samuel French team.

The bookshop is now located on the lower ground floor of the Royal Court Theatre (Stalls level) just before the stairs to enter the Bar & Kitchen.

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Contact and Opening Hours 

Please note that it will not be open on Sat 7 or Sat 14 Jan 2023 while our theatres are dark.

It will be open Monday-Friday 11.30am to 5.30pm until the 19th Jan 2023.*

*It will be closed Mon 16 Jan.

Monday – Saturday, 11.30am to 7.45pm / 11.30am to 5.30pm on non-show days (closed on Bank Holidays)

For further information, please contact our Bookshop team on 020 7565 5024 or at

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