London’s Royal Court Theatre has announced a new season for 2019 including a new piece by Harry Potter duo Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, an immersive escape room experience, and a play about Kylie Jenner.
The season begins with the previously announced return of David Ireland’s play, Cyprus Avenue. Directed by Vicky Featherstone, the play is about a man who thinks his granddaughter is Gerry Adams. It returns to the Royal Court from 14 February 2019.
There will be two-one off events at the theatre in the spring. On 29th and 30th March, Matthew Herbert’s musical project Brexit Big Band and Leavers’ Assembly will mark the weekend Britain is expected to leave the EU with a Big Band of European musicians and a community choir.
In early April seven writers will create a series of films seventy years on since the docking of the V Empire Windrush in Essex. Rikki Beadle-Blair, Natasha Gordon, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Lynette Linton, Winsome Pinnock, Jamael Westman and Roy Williams will create films based on the British West Indian experience, and they will be screened in a celebration event on 13 April, as well as made available online.
Anchuli Felicia King’s new play White Pearl, directed by Nana Dakin will premiere on 10 May. The play is about a small start-up in Singapore that grows to be a major international player in the cosmetic market, but is stung by a marketing campaign that goes viral for all the wrong reasons.
Jack Thorne’s the end of history… , directed by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child collaborator John Tiffany, will run from June. It is about a couple who manage to get their children to return home for a family meal, but the focus of the dinner is on politics rather than catching up.
Nicôle Lecky will star in her play Superhoe, which tells the story of a 24-year-old who produces music from her bedroom in her parents’ house. Directed by Jade Lewis and co-produced by Talawa Theatre is wil run from 30th January.
It will be followed by Inside Bitch conceived by Stacey Gregg and Deborah Pearson, and devised by Lucy Edkins, Jennifer Joseph, TerriAnn Oudjar and Jade Small. The piece aims to shine a light on the misrepresentation of women in prison in TV shows such as Orange is the New Black and Bad Girls.
Abhishek Majumdar’s play Pah-La about a young Tibetan girl who flees her village to become a Buddhist nun runs from 3 April 2019.
Selina Thompson’s salt. will play at the theatre from 14th May. Inspired by a journey two artists took on a cargo ship on the Transatlantic Slave Triangle from Britain to Ghana to Jamaica, the piece looks at the grief, questions and memories of the trip.
Jasmine Lee-Jones’ play seven methods of killing kylie jenner tells the story of a girl holed up in her bedroom ignoring calls from her friends, but using Instagram and the internet to make her point. it will run from 7 July 2019.
In April, there will also be an immersive escape room experience, Dismantle this Room which looks at power structures within theatre, and whether they should be dismantled, and if so, what should be put in place of them.