Royal Court Theatre reopening programme announcement June – Dec 2021


Jerwood Theatre Upstairs to house Living Archive – a series of events and bespoke interactive experiences rejecting the historical notion of an archive bringing attention to work which has been erased or not brought to public consciousness.

Series 5 of the Playwright’s Podcast released in partnership with the Berliner Theatertreffen Stuckemarkt

£12 Mondays are back.

To make up for a lost year under 26 ticket discounts are extended to under 27s Tickets go on sale to the general public at 12noon on Friday 21 May 2021.

Royal Court Theatre Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone

“After the huge success and collaborative adventure of Living Newspaper – when we made 98 films working with over 300 freelancers, reaching 46 countries and with audiences in their thousands we are now proud to be re-opening our building with four pieces of work by eight writers which were all postponed by the sudden onset of the global pandemic. We are also thrilled to be announcing a new short play written at the height of this time, by Caryl Churchill.

It is testament to the vision and questing of the playwrights and artists at the Royal Court, that the work programmed two years ago is still way ahead of its time. In fact, seeing through the new optics of our post-pandemic and ruptured world these pieces now seem more acute, more urgent and more universal than ever. The Royal Court was created in 1956 to be ahead of public taste and consciousness and if anything, this work proves that that mission is as alive now as it ever was.

We are so humbled by the support of our audience, artists, donors, board and staff since having to close and cannot wait to welcome them all back with this work, which we have fiercely protected from the pandemic.”

Royal Court Theatre Executive Producer Lucy Davies

“When the pandemic closed our doors we were about to embark on our transition to achieve carbon net zero. Our commitment to this work remains urgent, and we have spent the past months deepening our understanding and adapting our practices for re-opening. The upheavals in our sector have insisted we look at all of the ways we can be a just, equitable, transparent and ethical cultural space – from our anti-oppression work, to our relationship with freelancers, to credible climate pledges. Our values, our mission and our purpose have been re-articulated and re-set for a hopeful future.”

The Glow by Alistair McDowall, Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks by Sarah Hanly, A Fight Against… by Pablo Manzi and two Palestinians go dogging by Sami Ibrahim will be back in the first half of 2022.

seven methods of killing kylie jenner

By Jasmine Lee-Jones

Directed by Milli Bhatia

Wednesday 16 June 2021 – Tuesday 27 July 2021

Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

Press night Tuesday 22 June 2021, 7.45pm

Following its sold out premiere in 2019, the award-winning play returns for a limited 6 week run in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs performed by Tia Bannon and Leanne Henlon. Digital capture plans will follow in due course.

seven methods of killing kylie jenner explores cultural appropriation, queerness, friendship and the ownership of black bodies online and IRL.

“Look it’s two two tweets that helped me vent my frustrations. It’s really not that deep…”

Holed up in her bedroom, Cleo’s aired twenty-two Whatsapps from Kara and has cut off contact with the rest of the world. It doesn’t mean she’s been silent though – she’s got a lot to say. On the internet, actions don’t always speak louder than words…




I’m weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeak”

Jasmine Lee-Jones won multiple awards for her debut play directed by Milli Bhatia including the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Most Promising Playwright Awards, and the Alfred Fagon Award. She originally developed as a writer through the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Court programme as part of their commitment to nurturing new voices. Milli Bhatia, who was previously Trainee Director at the Royal Court and is now a Literary Associate, directs.

Commenting on her play being the first to welcome audiences back to the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, playwright Jasmine Lee-Jones states;

“It’s been nearly two years since my first play opened at the Royal Court. In that time the world has been filled with all number of storms – and not just of the Twitter variety.

In that time, like many of us, I’ve often questioned the value of both theatre and storytelling as a whole. What is its purpose? Where does it fit in a world ravaged by death in the wake of COVID and all other manner of institutional violences?

To that question one answer seemed to ring loud and clear. As a writer, it’s my job to dream. And, in my experience, even when one is in seemingly the most dire of circumstances the capacity to dream is the only thing that can help us imagine a reality that transcends our current circumstances and, in doing so, give us the faith to face another day.

The thing I missed the most about theatres as they shut down worldwide was the feeling of being in an audience with people, everyone agreeing to that magical contract of taking an imaginative leap to pretend whatever is placed in front of them onstage in that moment is real.

As such, after all that’s happened over the past two years that makes my job very special. To have the opportunity to have an audience in communion with my innermost thoughts, conflicts and imaginings.

To have an audience share in my dream.

It’s good to be back.”

The creative team for seven methods of killing kylie jenner includes Rajha Shakiry (Designer), Jessica Hung Han Yun and Amy Mae Smith (Co-Lighting Designers), Elena Peña (Sound Designer), Delphine Gaborit (Movement Director), Jemima Robinson (Associate Designer) and Shereen Hamilton (Assistant Director).

Half of all tickets for seven methods of killing kylie jenner will be available for £18 or less.

seven methods of killing kylie jenner was originally part of the Royal Court’s Jerwood New Playwrights programme, supported by Jerwood Arts.

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