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Meet the kids taking charge of the Royal Court

The theatre's Open Court season gets taken over by small people with big ideas

By Daisy Bowie-Sell
If you see swarms of primary school children flocking around Sloane Square this week, don't panic. It's only legendary west London theatre the Royal Court being run by a bunch of pre-teens for the week.

In the last week of ‘Open Court’, a summer series of events from the theatre's new artistic director, Vicky Featherstone, the theatre’s keys are in the hands of some talented, lucky children. And as a result, they’ll be taking ex mayor of London Ken Livingstone hostage, writing their own plays, getting them staged, giving backstage tours and staffing the theatre themselves for one evening.

We met some of the primary school children, all aged 8-11, who were rather excited by the opportunity to make the Court their very own. But watch out, they'll be running the country next…

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