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Royal Court Theatre - February to June 2013

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE ROYAL Court Theatre has five productions lined up for the coming months.

JERWOOD THEATRE DOWNSTAIRS

If You Don’t Let Us Dream, We Won’t Let You Sleep by Anders Lustgarten – February 15 to March 9.

As the financial world issues its shock treatment, what happens when the City’s agenda is taken to its ultimate conclusion? Described as a passionately argued new play, If You Don’t Let Us Dream, We Won’t Let You Sleep explodes the ethos of austerity and offers an alternative.

Simon Godwin directs a cast that includes Meera Syal (Much Ado About Nothing, RSC, The Killing of Sister George, Arts Theatre, Shirley Valentine, Menier Chocolate Factory), Susan Brown, Ben Dilloway, Laura Elphinstone, Daniel Kendrick, Damien Molony, Lucian Msamati and Ferdy Roberts.

Anders Lustgarten’s commission was supported by the Harold Pinter Playwright’s Award which is given annually by his widow Lady Antonia Fraser for new work.

The Low Road by Bruce Norris – March 21 to May 11.

In this story of free market economics and cut-throat capitalism, a young entrepreneur sets out on a quest for wealth with priceless ambition and a purse of gold.

Bruce Norris’ previous credits include Clybourne Park, for which he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and received the Tony Award for Best Play. It opened at the Royal Court in September 2010 to critical acclaim before transferring to the West End. His other credits include The Pain and the Itch also at the Royal Court, The Infidel, Purple Heart and The Unmentionables.

Dominic Cooke, Artistic Director of the Royal Court, directs. His recent credits at the venue include In the Republic of the Happiness, Ding Dong The Wicked, Choir Boy, 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 received an Olivier Award nomination.

Norris’ The Pain and The Itch was the first play directed by Cooke in his inaugural season and The Low Road will be the final play he directs as Artistic Director of the Royal Court.

JERWOOD THEATRE UPSTAIRS

A Time To Reap by Polish playwright Anna Wakulik – February 22 to March 23.

From a forested Polish village to the blinding lights of London, A Time to Reap looks at one woman’s story against the mountain landscape of an evolving nation and one of Poland’s hottest political topics – abortion and the Catholic Church.

A Time to Reap has been translated by Catherine Grosvenor, is directed by Caroline Steinbeis and performed by Max Bennett (as Piotr), Sinead Matthews (Marysia) and Owen Teale (Jan).

A New Play by Anthony Neilson – April 5 to May 4.

Neilson’s play will be created in the rehearsal room with a cast of actors to be announced.

Renowned for his pioneering, ground-breaking and imaginative new work, Neilson’s previous work at the Royal Court includes Get Santa!, Relocated, The Wonderful World of Dissocia (winner Best Production in both the TMA and Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland), Heredity, The Lying Kind and The Censor (winner of the Writers Guild and Time Out Award).

The Victorian in the Wall – May 11 to June 8.

A work-shy writer discovers a Victorian man living in the wall of his flat. Everyone’s pretty surprised. Adjustments need to be made. Can the strange visitor unlock his hopeless career, his flagging relationship, a story buried in the walls for over a century?

A Fuel and Royal Court Theatre co-production, The Victorian in the Wall contains jokes, songs, banging on recycling boxes, a talking fridge…

A Fuel and Royal Court Theatre co-production, The Victorian in the Wall is written (and co-directed) by Will Adamsdale, with additional material from Jason Barnett, Chris Branch, Matthew Steer and Melanie Wilson. Lyndsey Turner co-directs.

For more information visit www.royalcourttheatre.com/.