Royal Court Theatre announce Autumn-Winter season


The Royal Court Theatre has announced its Autumn-Winter season, which is now on sale.

In the Theatre Downstairs...

The Faith Machine, By Alexi Kaye Campbell, opens 31 Aug 2011, following previews from 25 Aug - running to 1 Oct 2011. Directed by Jamie Lloyd, designed by Mark Thompson, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Alex Baranowski. Cast includes Hayley Atwell (Sophie), Ian McDiarmid (Edward), Kyle Soller (Tom), Jude Akuwudike, Bronagh Gallagher, Alan Westaway.On a beautiful September morning in New York Sophie forces Tom into a decision. The choice he makes, and the events of that day will change their lives forever. Travelling from America to Britain to a remote Greek island this new play explores the relationship between faith and capitalism and asks fundamental questions about the true meaning of love.

Jumpy, By April de Angelis, opens 19 Oct 2011, following previews from 13 Oct - running to 19 Nov 2011. Directed by Nina Raine, designed by Lizzie Clachan, lighting by Peter Mumford, sound by Paul Arditti. Cast includes Tamsin Greig (Hilary). A mother, a wife, and fifty, Hilary once protested at Greenham. Now her protests tend to focus on persuading her teenage daughter to go out fully clothed. A family drama questioning parental anxieties and life after fifty.

Haunted Child, By Joe Penhall, opens 8 Dec 2011, following previews from 2 Dec - running to 14 Jan 2012. Directed by Jeremy Herrin, designed by Bunny Christie, lighting by Jean Kalman, sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph. A small boy is driving his mother to distraction - waking at night, hearing phantom noises and fixating on his absent father. When he glimpses a figure prowling the house at night, a shadow is cast which gradually strips away his childhood certainties. This chilling and unsettling play asks demanding questions about the things we believe and their consequences.

In Basildon, By David Eldridge, opens 22 Feb 2012, following previews from 16 Feb - running to 24 March 2012. (Tickets on sale for this production in the Autumn) Directed by Dominic Cooke, Designed by Ian MacNeil. Len’s on his death bed and the family gather to say their final farewells. His sisters still aren’t speaking after nearly 20 years, his nephew’s trying for a baby - and a bigger house, while his best mate Ken remembers 'Bas-vegas' when it was a village. As the spread is laid out and the ham sandwiches sit next to the wreaths, it’s hard to see who’s hungry and who’s just greedy. An epic family drama exploring inheritance and the myth of place.

 

In the Theatre Upstairs...

Truth and Reconciliation, written & directed by Debbie Tucker Green, opens 5 Sep 2011, following previews from 1 Sep - running to 24 Sep 2011. Rwanda to Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe to Bosnia answers are demanded, reconciliation hard to hear and the truth reluctant to be told.

Bang Bang Bang, By Stella Feehily, opens 14 Oct 2011, following previews from 11 Oct - running to 5 Nov 2011. Directed by Max Stafford-Clark, Designed by Miriam Nabarro, lighting by Johanna Town, sound by Andy Smith. Produced by Royal Court, Out of Joint, Curve Theatre, Leicester, The Octagon, Bolton and Salisbury Playhouse. Cast includes Julie Dray (Mathilde), Orla Fitzgerald (Sadhbh), Frances Ashman, Babou Ceesay, Jack Farthing, Paul Hickey, Dan Fredenburgh. A seasoned humanitarian worker and her idealistic young colleague get ready for a trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo. For Mathilde it’s an induction into a life less ordinary. For Sadhbh it's back to madness and chaos away from her lover and London – exactly as she likes it. But while Mathilde lets off steam with a photographer and a spliff, Sadhbh (‘Sive’) has her own encounter: tea with a smart, brutal warlord.

The Westbridge, by Rachel De-lahay, from 25 Nov 2011 to 23 Dec 2011. Directed by Clint Dyer. The accusation of a Black teenager sparks disturbance on the South London streets. While tensions rise, a couple from very different backgrounds navigate the minefield between them and their families.

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