The Royal Court Theatre announces its 60th year of work


The Royal Court Theatre in west London has announced initial details of its 2016 season. The historic venue will celebrate its 60th birthday in 2016 and its new season includes six world premieres, five UK and worldwide collaborations and one European premiere.

In the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs:

The first production in the 60th anniversary season will be a new play by Caryl Churchill, directed by James Macdonald. Escaped Alone runs from 21 January to 12 March 2016.

This will be followed by Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone directing Alistair McDowall’s new play X from 30 March to 7 May 2016.

The Royal Court will collaborate with Schaubühne Berlin for Ophelias Zimmer, a new project directed by Katie Mitchell and designed by Chloe Lamford with text by Alice Birch which runs from 17 May to 21 May 2016.

Anthony Neilson returns to the Royal Court with his new play Unreachable which will premiere from 1 July to 6 August 2016.

Suzan-Lori Parks' trilogy Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1,2 and 3) will run from 15 September to 22 October 2016, directed by Jo Bonney following a run off-Broadway earlier this year.

In the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs:

After a run in Manchester, Anna Jordan’s play Yen directed by Ned Bennett runs from 22 January to 13 February 2016, co produced with the Royal Exchange Theatre.

South African playwright Mongiwekhaya’s debut Royal Court play I See You , directed by Noma Dumezweni will run from 25 February to 26 March 2016 in a collaboration with the Market Theatre, Johannesburg production, which will tour to Johannesburg after its UK run.

David Ireland makes his Royal Court debut with his new play, Cyprus Avenue which runs at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin in February before running at the Royal Court from 5 April to 7 May 2016, directed by Vicky Featherstone.

Human Animals directed by Royal Court Associate Director Hamish Pirie runs from 18 May to 18 June 2016.

Charlene James' play Cuttin' It directed by Gbolahan Obisesan will run from 24 June to 9 July 2016 in a co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Sheffield Theatres and The Yard Theatre.

Nathaniel Martello-White’s Royal Court debut play Torn will premiere on 7 September, running to 15 October 2016.

Tickets for all productions go on sale 15 October 2015.

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