What is Royal Court?
The Royal Court is one of the Europe's leading theatres, which since 1956 has presented a programme of new and
innovative drama that has become known throughout the world. Since its foundation, it has presented premieres
by almost every leading contemporary British playwright, from John Osborne's Look Back in Anger
to Caryl Churchill's Top Girls to Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem
Some of the other writers who have premiered their
work at the Royal Court include Samuel Beckett, Edward Bond, Martin Crimp, David Hare, Sarah Kane, Harold
Pinter, Mark Ravenhill, Simon Stephens, Wole Soyinka
and Debbie Tucker Green.
The Royal Court is Britain's leading national company dedicated to new work by innovative writers from the
UK and around the world. The theatre's pivotal role in promoting new voices is undisputed - the New York
Times described it as 'the most important theatre in Europe'.
The Royal Court has two theatres: the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs and the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, which has
been the Royal Court's studio for exploration and experiment since 1968, providing a home for the early work
by many major British writers, directors and performers.