The Royal Court has announced plans to transfer two of its most successful recent productions, Posh and Jumpy, to the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre – the Royal Court’s home in the West End while their Sloane Square home was being rebuilt in the 1990s – later this year.
Laura Wade’s Posh will run from 11th May to 4th August 2012 with April de Angelis’ Jumpy following from 16th August to 4th November. Wade’s play, which premiered at the Court in 2010 in a production directed by Lyndsey Turner and with an original cast including Harry Hadden-Paton, is about an elite Oxford student dining society whose night of decadence takes an unpleasant turn.
Jumpy, about the mid-life crisis of fifty year old wife and mother, (“a stuck political and sexual subject,” according to Exeunt’s Daniel B. Yates) opened at the Royal Court last October in a production directed by Nina Raine. Tamsin Grieg will reprise her award-winning role as the play’s harassed protagonist, Hilary. Casting of Posh has yet to be announced.
Both plays sold out for their entire runs at the Royal Court and Howard Panter, the creative director of the Ambassador Theatre Group, commented on his hopes that the West End season will allow “these shows to reach a wider audience that they both richly deserve, and through our partnership we are able to celebrate the exciting work happening at the Court and support and encourage a fantastic up-and-coming generation of great theatre makers.”
For tickets and further details, visit the Royal Court website.