Vicky Featherstone announces her first season as Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre today (Monday 8 July). Her inaugural programme of work from September 2013 to February 2014 includes:

  • Four World Premieres and one European Premiere
  • Dennis Kelly, Abi Morgan and Jack Thorne making their Royal Court debuts
  • A London schools tour
  • A Royal Court run of the Theatre Local Peckham community Soap Opera
  • A theatre feast, created by a team of writers
  • A trilogy of Beckett shorts opening in Sloane Square prior to an international tour
  • A new play from India and rehearsed readings from Chile
  • A limited run of the critically acclaimed National Theatre of Scotland production Let The Right One In prior to the West End

“After the excitement and explosion of Open Court, it is time to focus on the next stage of the Royal Court for real, taking forward much of what the summer has taught us and introducing some new ideas.

As a publicly-funded organisation, the theatre we make has to matter with every beat of its heart. It needs to ask the questions of what it means to be alive today, our place in the world as individuals and as a society, to reflect on the questions of our times – age, race, nationhood, love –  and to find ways to adjust to continually changing contexts and truths.

As a theatre focussed solely on new work with playwrights at its heart, Open Court showed that writers demand we use every form available to us to communicate their ideas, their experiences, their intended transformations. We must use this magnificent civic building to its full potential, to have it bursting with ideas, with people, with words and song, to entice new audiences and thrill regular ones. 

Introducing major writers, examining different aspects of radicalisation, developing a family audience, collaborative projects, and touring – this first season goes some way to begin exploring these strands, which will develop more strongly as we go. It’s inspiring to be leading the Royal Court into the next stage of this journey.”

Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director Royal Court Theatre


In a continuation from the summer’s Open Court festival, which is currently running at the Royal Court until 20 July, the Big Idea continues with a series of events, debates and short plays, exploring a different burning issue throughout the year. The Big Idea:  Greed, The Big Idea: Belief and The Big Idea: Gender will go on sale in September 2013.

Theatre Local will take a trip to Sloane Square as Peckham: The Soap Opera, currently being live-streamed nightly from the BusseyBuilding in Peckham comes to the Royal Court. In a bumper omnibus edition, directed for the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, it stars a company of community actors. Surprise Theatre, which has kept audiences guessing throughout Open Court will also make some impromptu visits during the season.

Tickets will go on sale to Friends and Supporters on Tuesday 9 July at 10am and on sale to the general public on Thursday 11 July at 10am. 020 7565 5000


Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas

by Dennis Kelly

directed by Vicky Featherstone

Thurs 5 Sep – Sat 19 Oct 2013

Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

Press Night, Wednesday 11 September  2013, 7pm


The National Theatre of Scotland with Marla Rubin Productions Ltd and Bill Kenwright, in association with the RoyalCourtTheatre present

Let the Right One In

A stage adaptation by Jack Thorne

Based on the novel and film by John Ajvide Lindqvist

directed by John Tiffany

Fri 29 Nov –Sat 21 Dec 2013

Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

Press Night, Thursday 5 December 2013, 7pm


The RoyalCourtTheatre and Mighty Mouth

Not I/Footfalls/Rockaby

by Samuel Beckett

performed by Lisa Dwan

directed by Walter Asmus

Thurs 9 Jan – Sat 18 Jan 2014

Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

Press Night, Monday 13 January 2014, 8pm

The Mistress Contract

by Abi Morgan

from the transcripts and the books

directed by Vicky Featherstone

Thurs 30 Jan – Sat 8 March

Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

Press Night, Wednesday 5 February 2014, 7pm


Jerwood Theatre Upstairs


Peckham: The Soap Opera

Lead Writers: Bola Agbaje and Rachel De-lahay

Writers: Brad Birch, Alice Birch, Adam Brace, Robin French, Lucy Kirkwood, Chloe Moss, David Watson and Roy Williams

Directed by Ola Animashawun and Debbie Hannan

Mon 2 Sep – Sat 14 Sep 2013

Jerwood Theatre Upstairs

Press Night, Tuesday 3 September  2013, 7pm


New Plays from Chile

by David Arancibia Urzua, Florencia Martínez Echevarría, Bosco Israel Cayo Álvarez, Camila Le-Bert and Claudia Hidalgo

10 Sep – 14 Sep

Jerwood Theatre Upstairs



by Rachel De-lahay

directed by Simon Godwin

Fri 20 Sep – Sat 12 Oct 2013

Jerwood Theatre Upstairs

Press Night, Wednesday 25 September  2013, 7pm


The Djinns of Eidgah

by Abhishek Majumdar

directed by Richard Twyman

Fri 18 Oct – Sat 9 Nov 2013

Jerwood Theatre Upstairs

Press Night, Tuesday 22 October 2013, 7pm



conceived by the writers of Open Court

Writers include: April De Angelis and Nessah Muthy

directed by Wils Wilson.

Thurs 21 Nov – Sat 21 Dec 2013

Jerwood Theatre Upstairs



The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas

by Dennis Kelly

directed by Vicky Featherstone

Thurs 5 Sep – Sat 19 Oct 2013

Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

Press Night, Wednesday 11 September  2013, 7pm

“Now why Gorge made that decision, is difficult to say…

Was it morality? Kindness? Goodness? An innate sense of right and wrong?”

If you could lie without flinching, corrupt without caring and succeed at all costs – how far could you go…how much could you make?

From the early promise of the 70s through to unrelenting capitalism of the 80s and 90s, follow Gorge on the journey from innocence to savage greed and knotted honesty, as he invents three golden rules for success, whatever the cost.

An electrifying dark morality tale.

The production will be directed by Vicky Featherstone, designed by Tom Scutt with lighting by Philip Gladwell, music by Nick Powell and sound by Gregory Clarke.

The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas is Dennis Kelly’s Royal Court Theatre debut. His recent credits include the RSC production of Matilda the Musical, which won Olivier, Evening Standard, Critics Circle Awards and transferred to the West End and Broadway, where he won a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical. Other credits includes The Gods Weep for the RSC at Hampstead Theatre, Orphans, at the Traverse Theatre as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before transferring to the Birmingham Rep and Soho Theatre, My Teacher’s A Troll at National Theatre of Scotland, After the End at the Bush and on tour, Love and Money at Royal Exchange, Manchester and Young Vic and Taking Care of Baby at Hampstead Theatre. On television, he wrote Pulling on BBC 3 and most recently the six part original drama Utopia on Channel 4.

Artistic Director of the Royal Court Vicky Featherstone directs. The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas will be the first full production that she will direct in her first season at the helm.  She will also direct Abi Morgan’s The Mistress Contract in 2014.

📷 Main photo: Vicky Featherstone announces her first season as Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre today (Monday 8 July).

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