NEWS: Royal Court Theatre Announces Reopening Programme

The Royal Court Theatre has announced details of its programme from June to December.

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It has been announced that London’s Royal Court Theatre is set to reopen and welcome back audiences with a revival of Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner by Jasmine Lee-Jones, which had its premiere at the theatre in 2019. The play will run at the venue from the 16th June until the 27th July.

This will then be followed by The Song Project, playing at the theatre from the 17th to the 28th August, which was created by Chloe Lamford, Wende, Isobel Waller-Bridge and Imogen Knight. It brings together a number of artists through music performed live by Wende and a company of musicians to explore the hopes and anxieties we all face.  

From the 10th September until the 23rd October, the Royal Court Theatre will present Is God Is, written by Aleshea Harris and directed by Ola Ince. This award winning play brings together  the ancient, the modern, the tragic, the spaghetti Western, hip-hop and Afropunk in a revenge play about two women seeking justice and taking control of their own narratives.

Caryl Churchill’s new short play What If If Only will be taking to the stage from the 29th September until the 23rd October. With a running time of 14 minutes and casting yet to be announced, this latest play from the playwright follows on from her plays such as Top Girls, A Number and Far Away.

The season is also set to include Rare Earth Mettle by Al Smith, which had to have its run postponed due to the pandemic. Now set to run at the venue from the 10th November until the 18th December, the play is an examination of risk, delusion and power as seen through the eyes of a doctor, a billionaire and an indigenous community.

Talking about the news, Royal Court Theatre Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone said: ” 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.”

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