Royal Court Theatre, announce 50th Anniversary Programme for 2006

Royal Court Theatre, announce 50th Anniversary Programme for 2006

Royal Court Artistic Director Ian Rickson has announced the plays & Events for the venues 50th anniversary season and his final season in charge.

Most plays are still to have dates confirmed...

In the theatre Downstairs....

12 January - 11 February 2006
By Stella Feehily. Directed by Max Stafford-Clark. A Royal Court Theatre and Out of Joint co-production. A war correspondent returns from Sudan and takes a hammer to his life. Stella Feehily takes a caustic and comic look at relationships in a hectic world of commitments, both personal and professional. This is the second of Stella Feehily plays for the Royal Court and Out of Joint, following her debut with DUCK in Autumn 2003.

February 2006
Guildhall School of Music & Drama present:
By John Arden. Directed by Christian Burgess.

February / March 2006
By Caryl Churchill(Update: CANCELLED)

April 2006
By Simon Stephens. Summertime. A blistering road trip through England Home Front, whilst war rages in Iraq. Simon Stephensprovocative new play charts a day in the life of a returning soldier who can leave the war behind. A bruising, blackly comic love story.

June/July 2006
By Tom Stoppard, Directed by Trevor Nunn. Spans the recent history of Czechoslovakia between the Prague Spring and the Velvet Revolution but from the double perspective of Prague, where a rock 'n' roll band came to symbolise resistance to the regime, and the British left, represented by a Communist philosopher at Cambridge.

July 2006
LAMDA present:
By Caryl Churchill, Directed by Peter James.

By David Storey, Directed by Colin Cook

July 2006
National Youth Theatre present:
by Christopher Hampton

July/August 2006
By Tanika Gupta, Directed by Indhu Rubasingham. A provocative study of female sex tourism in Jamaica where everyone is in search of something.

September/October 2006
A new play written and directed by Terry Johnson

In the theatre Upstairs in 2006....

By Simon Farquhar. Directed by Anthony Page. Holed up in a flat in Aberdeen, a young man stakes everything on a one-night stand. But does she give a fuck?

By Christopher Shinn. When one man decides to go to war he leaves the city, his wife and brother. A year later only the wife and brother remain.

SIRENS (???)
from James Joyce Ulysses.

By Marina Carr. A Woman gaunt and ill, haggard after giving birth eight times faces death. What was life? What was love? What else could have been? Full of mordant, bitter humour, this is a passionate threnody from one of Ireland's leading playwrights.

From the middle of January to the end of March 2006 the Royal Court will present a series of 50 rehearsed readings in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, taking audiences on an epic journey through the second half of the twentieth century. The readings will commence with David Hare directing THE ENTERTAINER by John Osborne, and conclude with Roy Williams' contemporary classic FALLOUT. The list of the fifty plays that will be featured is not intended to be definitive, but is a sample selection of some of the key plays the Royal Court has originated since 1956. From a Nigerian village to a hotel room in Leeds, from the kitchen sink to glam rock, from English surrealism to in-yer-face, the fifty readings will pay tribute to the huge diversity of voices that have been heard at the Royal Court over the last five decades. Where possible the original company will be invited back to reprise their roles.

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