Royal Court Theatre

Playing to the Home Crowd: Veterans Performing for a British Audience

Lou Armour | Posted 09.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Lou Armour

The philosopher George Simmel once wrote in praise of the 'stranger', describing how the stranger is both 'near' and 'far away' at the same time. My relationship to those Malvinas veterans could not be better described.

'X' and 'Cyprus Avenue' Remind Us That We Keep Ourselves in Each Other

Jessie Thompson | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jessie Thompson

I'll name you two things that are very pricey but integral to you not falling apart as a human being. One is therapy. The other is theatre... I can't help but feel like one is a bit like the other sometimes, and if you go to the Royal Court this month you can see two plays which are like an a very intense, cathartic, exhausting (but GOOD) workout for your soul.

Review: 'Linda', Royal Court Theatre 'Excellence Throughout'

Victoria Sadler | Posted 29.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

And now, courtesy of a little old press release on the Harry Potter musical, everyone is talking about Noma. Everyone. So how thrilled I was to catch her here before she becomes huge next year.

Review: Marianne Jean-Baptiste Stars in 'Hang', Royal Court Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

What is hang about? I cannot tell you. What happens in it? Even after watching it, I do not know for sure. Everything in this play is a little elusive. Facts, motivations, even names, place and time. Yet this is a play that plunges headlong into a dark situation where victim's justice is taken to its farthest point.

Roald Dahl's 'The Twits' Takes to the Stage

Victoria Sadler | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

There is a delicious darkness to Roald Dahl's original book about a vile and dirty couple who are rotten to the core. You relish their horrid plots and laugh at their wickedness. I desperately wanted this adaptation to capture that spirit but the result is not good, patchy at best.

Amanda Abbington Stars in 'God Bless the Child', Royal Court Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

On the surface, God Bless the Child is a satire on our education system and the hoops we make our teachers, and our children, jump through. Only it's so much more than this as it's also an examination of where power truly resides in a classroom.

Review: 'Teh Internet Is Serious Business', Royal Court Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Teh Internet is Serious Business (typo deliberate) at the Royal Court is a really exciting, dynamic production about collaborative hacktivism. Anonymous, LulzSec and 4Chan are all included in this show that blurs fact with fiction as it seeks to reflect the good and the sinister about lives lived online.

Dark, Disturbing and Extraordinary. Review: The Nether, Royal Court Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The Nether is a dark, dystopian play that explores the worst of human behaviour in a world where we live almost entirely in a virtual reality. It is disturbing but it is compulsive viewing. You can't look away no matter how much you want to.

Andrew Scott in Birdland, Review

Victoria Sadler | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Birdland is a warning on the perils of fame. That makes it very much a tale of our time but though the bold, exciting presentation from director Carrie Cracknell and the star casting of Andrew Scott catches the eye, this play doesn't really bring anything new to this well-worn subject.

Theatre Review: The Mistress Contract, Royal Court Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The Mistress Contract at the Royal Court is such a missed opportunity. The source material, a true story of a couple in the USA who've engaged in a sex services contract for the past 40 years, is fascinating but this stage adaptation is a disappointment.

Not I, Footfalls, Rockaby (Beckett Trilogy), Royal Court - Review

Victoria Sadler | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The Royal Court starts 2014 with a very daring Samuel Beckett one-woman show. Whether this risk pays off is questionable but the boldness of the decision is admirable.

Theatre Review: Let The Right One In, Royal Court

Victoria Sadler | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The much anticipated stage version of Let the Right One In is terrifying - but not emotional. There is a lot of excellence in this adaptation of the cult film but, crucially, it lacks heart and soul - somewhat ironically in a story about the undead.

Theatre Review: Gastronauts, Royal Court Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Gastronauts is a fun, innovative and absorbing production that looks at our relationship with food. Created by April De Angelis, Nessah Muthy and Wils Wilson, this immersive theatrical production seats its audience in a futuristic restaurant whilst around them little snippets and scenes are played out by the small cast.

The Djinns of Eidgah at the Royal Court

Ben Mirza | Posted 23.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ben Mirza

Centred on two orphaned siblings Ashrafi and Bilal, set to the backdrop of the conflict in Kashmir, The Djinns of Eidgah is about the generation born into this seemingly endless conflict, which has no sign of being resolved.

One Year On: An Open Letter to the Women of Pussy Riot, Still Defiant

E.V. Crowe | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
E.V. Crowe

I wanted to write to you on the anniversary of your sentencing 17 August 2012, to tell you that we haven't forgotten, and that we stand with you as well we can, and that you're not alone. Nothing will repair or compensate for the time you have had to spend expending energy on surviving prison rather than pursuing your cause, but I don't think it has been in vain.

Ireland's Economy Takes Centre Stage at London's Royal Court

Deirdre Kinahan | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Politics
Deirdre Kinahan

PIIGS provides a wonderful opportunity for me to link with other playwrights in similarly affected countries and to learn from their response to their own unique situation. It is hugely ambitious artistically and politically and seems motivated by a healthy sense of curiosity and solidarity with fellow European citizens.

Gay Teachers, Head-Teachers and Heroes (or How Stories Can Change Our Lives)

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Shaun Dellenty

I believe there needs to be a greater effort to attract LGBT people into teaching. We need to let LGBT people know they will be welcomed and supported in our wonderful profession and that they can be great role models for pupils.

Matthew Tucker

Dominic West Stars In The River (REVIEW) | Matthew Tucker | Posted 23.12.2012 | Home

A remote cabin on a moonless midnight. The swirling waters of a river holds a bewitching power over a man (Dominic West) as he hopes to impress his...

Matthew Tucker

The Perils Of Patriotism: 'Ding Dong The Wicked' (REVIEW) | Matthew Tucker | Posted 23.12.2012 | Home

A man sits alone in a darkened room. ‘Ding-dong’, the bell rings. The man picks up a gun from behind an armchair, he opens the door. “Come in...

Matthew Tucker

100 Lives In One Play | Matthew Tucker | Posted 23.12.2012 | Home

Did you ever think 100 characters' lives could fit into one hour and 40 minutes of theatre? Playwright Caryl Churchill’s latest venture at the Ro...

Matthew Tucker

Countdown To Ten Billion | Matthew Tucker | Posted 23.12.2012 | Home

“I’m a scientist, not an actor,” – an unlikely opening line from Stephen Emmott, star of one-man show Ten Billion at the Royal Court Theatre. ...