Royal Court Theatre
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London's edgy new writing powerhouse
The Royal Court is closed as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The next bookable show is ‘Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks’, from June 29.
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 occasionally baffles but frequently thrills, while still managing to score the odd transfer smash via older associates of the theatre: Jez Butterworth’s ‘The Ferryman’ was a monster of a hit. She has also taken something of a leadership role in the London theatre community in the #MeToo era, being the driving force behind a new code of behavious designed to challenge abuse of power within the theatre community.
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.
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Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks
This outlandishly named coming-of-age story is Dublin-born Sarah Hanly's playwriting debut. 'Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks' follows schoolgirl Sinéad, who's juggling sexual discovery and getting good grades with hiding a huge secret. It premieres...Drama Until Saturday July 11 2020
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American writer Aleshea Harris’ award-winning play centres on two vengeful sisters, who set off an epic roadtrip through the California desert to square up to their past. Harris draws on an eclectic arrange of inspirations, including spaghetti Westerns...Drama Monday July 20 2020 - Saturday August 15 2020
The Globe marks Refugee Week with a short Sam Wanamaker Playhouse run for this monologue written and performed by rising star director Jude Christian. She descibes it as ‘a theatre essay on mixed-race families, militant pacifism, and the Rape of Nanking’...Shakespeare Tuesday July 21 2020 - Saturday August 1 2020