News Published 9 November 2011

Royal Court Announces New Season

New plays by Davd Eldridge and Nick Payne.

Natasha Tripney

The Royal Court’s 2012 spring-summer season, announced today, will include new work from Mike Bartlett, David Eldridge, Nick Payne, Bola Agbaje and Joe Penhall.

In February David Eldridge’s first new play to be performed at the Royal Court since Under the Blue Sky in 2000 opens in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs. Set in Essex, In Basildon will be directed by Dominic Cooke. This will be followed be Mike Bartlett’s play of intergenerational conflict, Love Love Love, in a production directed by Jamie Grieve and co-produced by Paines Plough. The play was first staged by the Drum Theatre in Plymouth before touring the UK to great acclaim; Bartlett’s current play 13 recently opened at the National Theatre.

Joe Penhall’s Birthday, a play which apparently takes a will take a “no-holds-barred approach to childbirth”, opens in the Downstairs theatre in June; meanwhile Penhall’s current play Haunted Child opens in the same space this December.

The Jerwood Theatre Upstairs season begins in January with a new play by Nick Payne, his fourth; Constellations will be directed by Michael Longhurst. Payne’s last play One Day When We Were Young was recently staged as part of Sheffield Theatres’ Roundabout Season.

This will be followed in February by the Young Writers Festival which features two full length productions by writers under the age of 26, as well as a selection of readings. The plays will be Luke Norris’ Goodbye to all That and Hayley Squires’ Vera Vera Vera, the latter about the aftermath of the death of a young soldier in Afghanistan.

In April the theatre will then stage a co-production with Tiata Fahodzi of Bola Agbaje’s latest play Belong before staging The Witness, the second play by Vivienne Franzmann following her acclaimed debut, Mogadishu.

Tickets go on general sale to the public on 14th November. For further information visit the Royal Court website.


Natasha Tripney

Natasha co-founded Exeunt in 2011 and was editor until 2016. She's now lead critic and reviews editor for The Stage, and has written about theatre and the arts for the Guardian, Time Out, the Independent, Lonely Planet and Tortoise.



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