Royal Court Theatre New Season to July 2014
The Royal Court Theatre has announced its season January to July 2014 (Public booking opens 18 Nov 2013).
In the theatre Downstairs...
Previously mentioned The Mistress Contract by Abi Morgan, from the transcripts and the books, directed by Vicky Featherstone, 30 Jan to 8 Mar 2014. She and He are the pseudonyms of a real-life couple who live in separate houses in the same city on the west coast of America. She is 88. He is 93. For 30 years he has provided her with a home and an income, while she provides ‘mistress services’ - ‘All sexual acts as requested, with suspension of historical, emotional, psychological disclaimers.’
Birdland by Simon Stephens, directed by Carrie Cracknell, 3 April to 24 May 2014. Cast includes Andrew Scott (Paul). The last week of a massive international tour and rock star Paul, is at the height of his fame. Everybody knows his name. Whatever he wants he can have. He can screw anybody he wants to. He can buy anything he desires. He can eat anything. Drink anything. Smoke anything. Go anywhere. As the inevitability of the end of the road looms closer, and a return home becomes a reality, for Paul, the music is starting to jar.
Adler & Gibb by Tim Crouch, directed by Tim Crouch, Karl James and Andy Smith, from 13 Jun to 5 July 2014. (Royal Court Theatre and and Center Theatre Group co-commission) The children swing their legs on the chairs. The student delivers the presentation. The older woman stands with the gun. The young couple arrives at the house. The house is returning to nature. A movie is being made. The truth is being plundered. But the house is still lived in and the spirit to resist is strong. Adler & Gibb tells the story of a raid – on a house, a life, a reality and a legacy.
The Nether by Jennifer Haley, directed by Jeremy Herrin, from 17 July to 9 Aug 2014. The Nether offers complete freedom - a virtual wonderland that provides total sensory immersion. Just log in, choose an identity and indulge your every desire. But when a young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, she triggers an interrogation into the darkest corners of imagination.
In the theatre Upstairs...
The Pass by John Donnelly, directed by John Tiffany, from 13 Jan to 1 Mar 2014. Cast includes Gary Carr (Ade), Nico Mirallegro ( Harry), Russell Tovey (Jason). Twelve years. Three hotel rooms. A lie lived. An agile new story about sex, fame and how much you're willing to lose in order to win.
Pests by Vivienne Franzmann, directed by Lucy Morrison, from 27 Mar to 3 May 2014. (A Royal Court Theatre, Clean Break and Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester co-production). Pink loves Rolly. Rolly loves Pink. And Pink loves getting bombed off her face. Sisters from the same nest. Both trapped in a tiny rotting world. Both cuffed to a past that refuses to release them. One wants out. The other needs her in. Trouble is that when you complete each other, you’re nothing on your own.
Khandan (Family) by Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, directed by Roxana Silbert, from 11 to 28 June 2014. (A Royal Court Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre co-production) The Gill family living room. Culture clashes, sibling rivalries and endless cups of chah.