The Royal Court Theatre announces spring/summer season of work. The new season includes eight world premieres, four UK and international collaborations and the return of a seminal Royal Court play, Jim Cartwright’s Road. Casting for all is still to be announced. Tickets for the new season go on sale to the general public on Friday 4 November 2016. The 2017 productions are, listed in chronological order:
· debbie tucker green opens the season with A PROFOUNDLY AFFECTIONATE, PASSIONATE DEVOTION TO SOMEONE (-NOUN), written and directed by debbie tucker green premiering in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Tuesday 28 February 2017 – Saturday 1 April 2017. See full details here.
· In a major collaboration Simon McBurney directs THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE, based on the life of Robert Evans, co-produced with Patrick Milling Smith, Barbara Broccoli, Michael Wilson, Brian Carmody and in association with Complicite. It will premiere in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Tuesday 7 March 2017 – Saturday 8 April 2017. See full details here.
· Royal Court Associate Playwright Simon Stephens’ NUCLEAR WAR directed by Imogen Knight will premiere at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Wednesday 19 April 2017 – Saturday 6 May 2017. See full details here.
· Jez Butterworth returns to the Royal Court with his new play THE FERRYMAN directed by Sam Mendes, who makes his Royal Court debut. Developed by and co-produced with Sonia Friedman Productions and in association with Neal Street Productions, it will premiere in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Monday 24 April 2017 – Saturday 20 May 2017. See full details here.
· The transfer of Royal Court commission MANWATCHING written by an anonymous woman. It was first presented by the Royal Court in the Paines Plough Roundabout at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2015 and will run in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Wednesday 10 May – Saturday 20 May 2017. See full details here.
· Gary Owen returns to the Royal Court with KILLOLOGY directed by Rachel O’Riordan in a co-production with the Sherman Theatre, in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Thursday 25 May 2017 – Saturday 24 June 2017. See full details here.
· Alice Birch’s first Jerwood Theatre Downstairs play at the Royal Court ANATOMY OF A SUICIDE will be directed by Katie Mitchell. It will premiere in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Saturday 3 June 2017 – Saturday 8 July 2017. See full details here. See full details here.
· Jim Cartwright’s game-changing play ROAD which opened at the Royal Court in 1986 will be directed in a new production by Royal Court Associate Director John Tiffany. It premieres in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Friday 21 July 2017 – Saturday 9 September 2017. See full details here.
· Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón makes his Royal Court debut with B, directed by Royal Court Associate Director (International) Sam Pritchard in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs. To run September 2017. Dates to be announced. See full details here.
· Chris Thorpe‘s new play VICTORY CONDITION directed by Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone will run at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs in September 2017. Dates to be announced. See full details here.
This autumn Royal Court Theatre also releases a new series ROYAL COURT PLAYWRIGHT’S PODCAST with playwrights interviewed by Royal Court Associate Playwright Simon Stephens. In this first series writers include: April de Angelis, Rachel De-lahey, Tanika Gupta, David Hare, Robert Holman, Dennis Kelly, Alistair McDowall, Anthony Neilson, Joe Penhall, Lucy Prebble, Anya Reiss, Polly Stenham and Enda Walsh. Podcast release schedule to be announced. See full details here.
Commenting on the new season Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone said:
“I am humbled and thrilled to be announcing such a varied and exciting mixture of work from playwrights and theatre-makers at the top of their game, pushing the limits of their potential to challenge, surprise and provoke us. This is the Royal Court at its best – a place for attracting some of the great playwrights and theatre-makers of our times to experiment and take risks to give us, the audience, the most extraordinary experiences possible.”