The Royal Court have announced their new season for autumn and winter 2011. The season opens with Alexi Kaye Campbell’s third play The Faith Machine. Campbell’s previous plays include The Pride and Apologia, the former of which is about to receive a new production at Sheffield Theatres. The Faith Machine will open in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs in September with a cast including Hayley Atwell, Ian McDiarmid and Kyle Soller; the production will be directed by Jamie Lloyd, who this week made his RSC directing debut with Tarell Alvin McCraney’s American Trade at Hampstead Theatre.
This will be followed in the Downstairs space in October with April de Angelis’ new play Jumpy, starring Tamsin Greig and directed by Nina Raine, whose own play Tribes was staged last year by the Royal Court. In December, Joe Penhall’s latest play, Haunted Child, will be staged by Jeremy Herrin. Penhall’s previous plays include Dumb Show and Blue/Orange; Herrin’s production of Much Ado About Nothing is part of the Globe Theatre’s current season. The Autumn/Winter season concludes in the Downstairs theatre in February with Dominic Cooke’s production of David Eldridge’s Royal Court commission, In Basildon.
In the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs the season begins with a new play by debbie tucker green, who will also direct. Truth and Reconciliation opens in September and will be followed by Max Stafford-Clark’s Out of Joint co-production of Stella Feehily’s Bang Bang Bang, a play about the lives of aid workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The season concludes in November with Rachel De-lahay’s debut play The Westbridge, winner of the Alfred Fagon award.
Tickets for the new season go on general sale from 17th June 2011. For further information visit the Royal Court website.