Seeing a show at the Royal Court Theatre

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    London is well known for its vibrant theatre scene, with productions ranging from musicals to Shakespeare plays. But if you’re looking for a show that is edgy, challenging and pushes the boundaries of the modern stage, then consider booking tickets to see a show at the Royal Court Theatre.

    History

    Established in the 1950s, the Royal Court Theatre set out to create a stage company that would challenge and stimulate British theatre. It was the country’s first national theatre company and over the years it has held tightly to its vision of being a theatre for writers.

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    What’s on?

    The Royal Court Theatre specialises in cultivating writers and many of its performances are by undiscovered or new talent. Plays tend to be restless, alert and provocative in nature, encouraging conversation and debate and creating a force the resonates beyond the stage.

    A number of plays have been planned for the remainder of 2016. These include:

    Cuttin’ It is a play by Charlene James. It tells the stories of two teenage girls born in Somalia but living in Britain, it deals with the urgent issue of FGM.

    Unreachable is an experimental performance by Anthony Neilson. It’s a play about creating a play. Online content will be released throughout the rehearsal schedule to share the process with audiences and offering insight into how a performance is devised.

    Written by Nathaniel Martello-White, Torn is a play about family dynamics and healing wounds from the past. Post-show talks and educational workshops are also planned to coincide with performance dates.

    Attending a performance

    The Royal Court has two theatre spaces. The Jerwood Theatre Downstairs offers a proscenium-arch seating and can accommodate about 370 people over three levels – stalls, circle and balcony. There’s also the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs. This is a smaller studio space with space for about 85 people. It is located on the fourth floor and is accessible by lift or stairs.

    The venue has a strict policy of only allowing handbags inside auditoriums. Bags are searched upon entry and occasionally there are productions where no bags can be taken inside the auditorium at all. A complimentary Cloakroom service is provided.

    Tickets

    ​You can buy tickets online by visiting the theatre’s website. Tickets can also be booked over the telephone or in person. The main box office is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm.

    Venue hire

    If you’re looking for a venue for a conference, meeting, away day, retreat, award ceremony or any other purpose, The Royal Court can work with you to find a solution that suits your requirements. Options include theatre spaces, rehearsal rooms, studios and bars.

    Location

    Situated in west London, the Royal Court is located in Sloane Square, next to the Underground station. Named after Sir Hans Sloane, this an extremely affluent area and the square forms a boundary between two of the largest aristocratic estates in London – The Grosvenor Estate and the Cadogan.

    Transportation

    The closest Tube station is Sloane Square on the Circle and District lines. The theatre is also a short walk from Victoria station, which connects to mainline rail services as well as the Victoria line. Numerous bus routes also serve the local area.

    If you’re planning to drive to the theatre, you can take advantage of Q-Park’s Theatreland Parking Scheme, which will save you 50 per cent on off-street car parking charges for up to 24 hours.

    Access

    Spaces and transfer seats are available for wheelchair users, and captions can be provided for many performances. Other facilities for deaf and people with hearing impairments include induction loops, infrared systems and play texts.

    Facilities for blind and visually impaired people include a free touch tour of the set with audio describers. Audio tracks and sight aids are also available to describe the venue to help people prepare for a visit.

    Guide and hearing dogs are welcome at the theatre – but please let the Box Office know when booking your ticket so aisle seats can be arranged. We can also have someone available to take care of service dogs during performances – this can sometimes be the ideal option if the show contains loud noises or startling lighting effects.

    Eat and drink

    The Bar & Kitchen is located inside the theatre and it’s the only independent eatery on Sloane Square. It is open to both the general public and theatre-goers.

    During the day, the newly refurbished bar can be a quiet spot for meetings and light lunches. Choose from a variety of coffees, teas and soft drinks, as well as pastries and cakes. In the evenings, options also include wines, cocktails and main meals.

    On the menu, you’ll find a large selection of small plates, burgers and deserts. It also serves a selection of bar snacks like olives, nuts, popcorn, cakes and chocolate.

    The Bar & Kitchen is a subsidiary of the theatre and profits are used to directly support stage productions.

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