NEWS: Royal Court Theatre Announces Autumn/Winter Programme

The Royal Court Theatre has confirmed details of its upcoming Autumn/Winter programme including five world premieres and the return of a landmark Royal Court play. 

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The theatre’s new season will open with the return of Minefield by Lola Arias from the 2nd to the 11th November which previously appeared at the Royal Court in 2016.

Six Falklands/Malvinas war veterans who once faced each other across a battlefield now face each other across a stage. Together they share memories, films, songs and photos as they recall their collective war and embody the political figures that led them into it.

This production will then be followed by the world premiere of Bad Roads by Natal’ya Vorozhbit which has been translated by Sasha Dugdale and will be directed by  Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone. It will appear at the theatre from the 15th November. 

In the darkest recesses of Ukraine, a war is raging.A journalist takes a research trip to the front line.Teenage girls wait for soldiers on benches.A medic mourns her lover killed in action.

Heart-breaking, powerful and bitterly comic accounts of what it is  to be a woman in wartime.

Meanwhile, from the 24th November another world premiere production will take place at the Royal Court – Goats by Syrian playwright Liwaa Yazji, translated by Katharine Halls and directed by Royal Court Associate Director Hamish Pirie.

In a small town in Syria, soldiers are celebrated as heroes and grieving families are nourished on propaganda.

As the coffins pile up, the local party leader decides on a radical compensation scheme: a goat for each son martyred.

The 6th December will see American playwright Julia Jarcho makes her Royal Court debut with the UK premiere of award-winning play Grimly Handsome . The production has been created by Royal Court Associate Director (International) Sam Pritchard and Royal Court Associate Designer Chloe Lamford in The Site.

2018 meanwhile, will see productions of My Mum’s a Twat, Rita, Sue and Bob Too, Gundog, Girls & Boys and Black Men Walking all taking place at the theatre.

Talking about the news, Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone said: “Having had an extraordinary first half of 2017 at the Royal Court where some of Britain’s major world class theatre artists have made remarkable, landmark work, this autumn we invite emerging writers from across the world to make radical new work for Britain.

From Syria, Ukraine, Argentina and the US, these writers – all women – are writing about conflict, radicalism and justice.” 

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