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Royal Court Theatre - Autumn 2012

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

DOMINIC Cooke has announced his penultimate season as Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre and it includes works by Caryl Churchill, Martin Crimp and Jez Butterworth.


Love and Information by Caryl Churchill (Drunk Enough to Say I Love You, A Number, Cloud Nine, Serious Money) – September 6 to October 13.

Someone sneezes. Someone can’t get a signal. Someone shares a secret. Someone won’t answer the door. Someone put an elephant on the stairs. Someone’s not ready to talk. Someone is her brother’s mother. Someone hates irrational numbers. Someone told the police. Someone got a message from the traffic light. Someone’s never felt like this before.

Love and Information is described as a fast moving kaleidoscope in which more than a hundred characters try to make sense of what they know.

Love and Information is directed by James Macdonald, whose credits include Drunk Enough to Say I Love You, Blasted and 4.48 Psychosis (Royal Court), Dido, Queen of Carthage, The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other and Exiles (National Theatre) and Glengarry Glen Ross (West End).

Ding Dong The Wicked, a new short play by Caryl Churchill, will run in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs between October 1 and October 13, 2012 . The thirty minute play will be directed by Royal Court Artistic Director, Dominic Cooke, and take place around the evening’s performance of Caryl Churchill’s main stage play Love and Information, with matinee and late night showings on certain days.

NSFW (an acronym of Not Safe For Work) by Lucy Kirkwood (Psychogeography, Tinderbox, Guns or Butter) – October 25 to November 24.

Described as a sharp new comedy, NSFW looks at power games and privacy in the media and beyond.

Simon Godwin, Associate Director at the Royal Court, directs.

In the Republic of Happiness by Martin Crimp (The City, Attempts On Her Life, The Country, Face to the Wall) – December 6 to January 19, 2013.

A family Christmas is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of Uncle Bob. But who is he, why has he come, why does his wife stay out in the car, and what is the meaning of his long and outrageous message? The only certainty is that the world will never be the same again.

A violent satire, In the Republic of Happiness is a provocative roll-call of contemporary obsessions.

Dominic Cooke directs. His recent credits at the Royal Court include In Basildon, Chicken Soup with Barley, for which he was nominated for an Evening Standard Award, and the multi award-winning production of Clybourne Park for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award.

The cast comprises Anna Calder-Marshall (Salt, Root and Roe), Emma Fielding (Playing With Fire), Seline Hizli (Jumpy), Ellie Kendrick (Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s Globe), Stuart McQuarrie (Wanderlust, Clybourne Park), Paul Ready (Wastwater), Michelle Terry (Tribes) and Peter Wight (In Basildon).


Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney (Wig Out!, The Brother/Sister Plays) – September 4 to October 6.

Determined to make his mark like those before him, Pharus is hell bent on being the best choir leader in the school’s 50 year history. But in a world built on rites and rituals, how will he conform to expectations and gain the respect he desperately needs?

McCraney’s piercing new play, set in an all boys, all black, American prep school, ‘scores a gospel refrain of the politics of minority and masculinity’.

Dominic Cooke directs.

The River by Jez Butterworth (Jerusalem, The Night Heron, The Winterling) – October 18 to November 17.

The River centres on a man and a woman during a moonless night in a ‘remote cabin on the cliffs’ and reunites the creative team behind Jerusalem, led by director Ian Rickson.

Hero by EV Crowe (Kin) – November 23 to December 22.

In this story of an heroic modern man, Danny’s gay, a primary school teacher, and he’s not afraid of anything. His colleague Jamie’s straight, and thinks he should be.

Hero is directed by Jeremy Herrin, Associate Director at the Royal Court, where his credits include Haunted Child, The Heretic, Kin, Spur of the Moment, Off the Endz, The Priory, Tusk Tusk, That Face and The Vertical Hour. Elsewhere, his credits include Children’s Children (Almeida Theatre), Absent Friends (West End), Uncle Vanya (Chichester), Death and the Maiden (West End), Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe) and South Downs (Chichester and West End). Later this year, he will direct This House at the National Theatre.

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