Royal Court Theatre

  • Theatre
  • West End
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London's edgy new writing powerhouse

London's premiere new writing theatre, the Royal Court made its name in the 1950s when it was synonymous with kitchen sink dramas and the Angry Young Men, and has scarcely looked back (in anger) since.

The commercially successful reign of Dominic Cooke was famously marked by his stated mission to acknowledge the nature of the Sloane Square theatre's audience and 'explore what it means to be middle class'. The quote probably came back to haunt him, coming to define a reign that was marked by lots of new writing from BAME playwrights, plus such towering West End transfer successes as 'Enron' and the peerless 'Jerusalem'.

Current Royal Court artistic director Vicky Featherstone has taken the theatre down a much more experimental route that frequently thrills but has perhaps endeared her more to artists than audiences. The Almeida and Young Vic having probably overtaken it in terms of influence, though certainly there's a willingness to try something that might not work that seemed to have disappeared somewhat in the Cooke era.

There are two venues, the tiny Upstairs and large Downstairs, plus a welcoming bar kitchen that's a fabulous place to visit for a gander at the cream of London's playwrights and creatives, who inexorably drift through throughout the day.

Venue name: Royal Court Theatre
Address: 50-51
Sloane Square
Transport: Tube: Sloane Sq

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  • Wednesday October 14 2015 - Saturday November 21 2015
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  • Wednesday October 21 2015 - Saturday November 14 2015
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  • Friday October 23 2015 - Friday November 20 2015
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  • Wednesday November 25 2015 - Saturday January 9 2016
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  • Thursday December 3 2015 - Saturday January 9 2016
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