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 

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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In the Bookshop with…

We’re thrilled to present our brand new In the Bookshop with… series.

A collaboration with Concord Theatricals, each video will offer a unique insight into the literary and theatrical inspirations behind programmed playwrights here at the Royal Court.

Featuring titles from the Samuel French Bookshop, plus some of the writers’ own texts, the series will guide readers, writers and theatregoers alike, to find their next great reads.

Episode 1 | Alistair McDowall

Episode 2 | Ryan Calais Cameron

Subscribe to our YouTube channel to keep up to date with new episodes in the series, and all things Royal Court.