The Royal Court Theatre this week announced its autumn season, running from August 2015 to January 2016, which will include the first new stage play from Martin McDonagh (The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Pillowman onstage; In Bruges, Seven Psycopaths onscreen). Programming news has now been followed up with major casting updates including Kim Cattrall, David Morrissey and Reece Shearsmith. Tickets for the new season go on sale to the general public at 1pm today (Friday 17 July 2015).
In this new Royal Court season, four world premières bring together leading playwrights with new voices, and there are two UK premières of ground-breaking American plays by the US’s most original voices.
• Cordelia Lynn’s debut play LELA & CO directed by Jude Christian premières in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Thursday 3 September – Saturday 3 October. Casting includes: David Mumeni and Katie West.
• Martin McDonagh returns to the Royal Court with his first new play in London for more than ten years, HANGMEN, to be directed by Matthew Dunsterin the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Thursday 10 September – Saturday 10 October. Casting includes: Josef Davies, James Dryden, Johnny Flynn, Graeme Hawley, Ralph Ineson, Bronwyn James, David Morrissey, Ryan Pope, Sally Rogers, Simon Rouse and Reece Shearsmith.
• Nicola Wilson’s Royal Court debut play PLAQUES AND TANGLES directed by Royal Court Associate Director Lucy Morrison will première in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Wednesday 14 October – Saturday 21 November.
• Brooklyn-based ensemble the TEAM bring their devised multimedia show ROOSEVELVIS to the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Wednesday 21 October – Saturday 14 November.
• Penelope Skinner returns to the Royal Court with her Jerwood Theatre Downstairs debut LINDA directed by Michael Longhurst, Wednesday 25 November – Saturday 9 January 2016. Casting: Kim Cattrall stars.
• Korean-American playwright Mia Chung’s UK première YOU FOR ME FOR YOU directed by Royal Court Associate Director (International) Richard Twyman in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Thursday 3 December – Saturday 9 January.
• Over the summer, the Royal Court BAR & KITCHEN hosts an unique pop-up dining experience for three nights only in August.
• BEYOND THE COURT: The Royal Court to host summer of events in Tottenham.
• LIVE LUNCH returns with new plays from some of the Royal Court’s most talented emerging writers performed during your lunch break.
• The Royal Court will host its first adult relaxed performance of Linda – reaching audiences who need and prefer a more open, inclusive, relaxed performing environment.
• THE BIG IDEA continues with a programme of talks, debates and events inspired by the work on stage.
Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre, Vicky Featherstone said:
“From the return of Martin McDonagh to theatre with a hilarious and dark new play, to Mia Chung’s play about North Korean sisters fleeing the regime, this autumn is a season which purely encompasses all that the Royal Court is about. Whether from the more experienced writer or the brand new, like Cordelia Lynn and Nicola Wilson, this is the very best in fearless and excoriating writing for theatre. These plays start a conversation which probe and provoke, asking questions of our time and ourselves.
"Created and programmed in an environment which fiercely supports the writer to be individual and questioning, these six plays are dynamic, incredibly theatrically and stylistically varied. Yet all in some way deal with transgression – of crossing a line, of a non-acceptance of who we are or what we are forced to become.
"I am particularly proud to announce our first ever relaxed performance for adults for Linda – Penelope Skinner’s extraordinary new play about a 55 year old woman and her fight to remain visible in her world. I’m delighted too to develop our relationship in our Beyond the Court programme with a thrilling series of summer events led by some of our most exciting artists and communities in Tottenham. I am also excited to welcome the TEAM to the Royal Court for the first time with RooseElvis – a brilliantly performed and devised piece about gender, boundaries and dreaming to be other.”