Royal Court Theatre

The Royal Court Theatre is the writers’ theatre. It is the leading force in world theatre for energetically cultivating writers – undiscovered, emerging and established.

Through the writers, the Royal Court is at the forefront of creating restless, alert, provocative theatre about now. The Royal Court opens its doors to the unheard voices and free thinkers that, through their writing, change our way of seeing and thinking.

Since its foundation in 1956 the Royal Court has always been a game-changer, a pioneer within the global theatre ecology. It is unafraid to take risks and remain true to its mission as the writers’ theatre – a theatre which exists to challenge and question the artistic, social and political orthodoxy of the day.

Over 120,000 people visit the Royal Court in Sloane Square, London, each year and many thousands more see the Royal Court’s work elsewhere through transfers to the West End and New York, UK and international tours, digital platforms, residencies across London, and site-specific work. Through all of its work the Royal Court strives to inspire audiences and influence future writers with radical thinking and provocative discussion. The Royal Court’s extensive development activity encompasses a diverse range of writers and artists and includes an ongoing programme of writers’ attachments, readings, workshops and playwriting groups.