Royal Court Theatre Announces New Play BODIES, Tickets Sales for B and VICTORY CONDITION, and Extra Shows for NUCLEAR WAR

Vivienne Franzmann returns to The Royal Court Theatre with BODIES, directed by Jude Christian premiering in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Wednesday 05 July 2017 - Saturday 12 August 2017.

Tickets on sale for B by Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón translated by William Gregory and directed by Royal Court Associate Director (International) Sam Pritchard (Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Thursday 28 September 2017 - Saturday 21 October 2017) and VICTORY CONDITION by Chris Thorpe directed by Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone (Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Thursday 05 October 2017 - Saturday 21 October 2017). These plays will run alongside one another in nightly rep, making it possible for the Royal Court to programme more work and offer flexible performance times.

Extra shows added for the sold out run of Royal Court Associate Playwright Simon Stephens' NUCLEAR WAR directed by Imogen Knight at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Wednesday 19 April 2017 - Saturday 6 May 2017.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Wednesday 22 February 2017 020 7565 5000 / www.royalcourttheatre.com.

Bodies

By Vivienne Franzmann

Directed by Jude Christian

Jerwood Theatre Upstairs Royal Court Theatre,
Wednesday 05 July 2017 - Saturday 12 August 2017

Following Pests Vivienne Franzmann returns to The Royal Court Theatre with her new play Bodies. Directed by Jude Christian, Bodies will run in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs from Wednesday 05 July 2017 - Saturday 12 August 2017 with press night on Tuesday 11 July, 7pm

"We should have brought a gift"

"We've brought a gift. It's called 22 thousand pounds."

Purchased from Russia. Developed in India. Delivered to the UK.

A global transaction over nine months that offers 'a lifetime of happiness' to all involved.

"What do you think will happen to a baby girl in India that nobody wants?"??

With Design by Gabriella Slade.

Vivienne Franzmann (Writer)

For the Royal Court: Pests (& Royal Exchange, Manchester/National tour), The Witness.

Other theatre includes: Mogadishu (Royal Exchange, Manchester/Lyric, Hammersmith/National tour), The Snow Queen (Bristol Old Vic).

Television includes: Coming Up, Lizard Girl.

Radio includes: Mogadishu, Ink Deep, The Witness.

Awards include: 2008 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting (Mogadishu); 2010 George Devine Award (Mogadishu); 2012 Pearson Bursary (The Witness); 2014 BAFTA (Lizard Girl).

Vivienne was born in London and was a teacher for thirteen years. Her first play Mogadishu was nominated for an Evening Standard and an Olivier award.

Jude Christian (Director)

As director, for the Royal Court: Lela & Co.

As director, other theatre includes: The Darkest Corners (Transform); The Path (HighTide); Blue (RWCMD/Royal Court); Split/Mixed (Summerhall); How Do You Eat An Elephant/Bwyta Eliffant, Sut Mae Gwneud Hynny Dwedwch? (National Youth Theatre of Wales); Happy, The Mushroom (Pentabus Young Writers' Festival); Punk Rock, Last Easter (RADA); I'd Rather Goya Robbed Me of My Sleep than Some Other Arsehole (Gate, Boom Arts); Balansera (Poole Lighthouse); Sonata Movements (Blue Elephant)

As writer/performer, theatre includes: Nanjing (The Yard)

Opera includes: ©alculated to Death (Tête-à-Tête Festival), Hidden in Plain Sight (Académie du Festival d'Aix-en-Provence)

As Associate Director, theatre includes: Shopping and Fucking, Aladdin (Lyric Hammersmith); Carmen Disruption (Almeida)

Jude is a Creative Associate at the Gate Theatre and an Associate Artist at The Yard Theatre and the Lyric Hammersmith.

Casting to be announced.

Listing Information:

The Royal Court Theatre

Bodies

By Vivienne Franzmann

Directed by Jude Christian

Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS
Wednesday 05 July 2017 - Saturday 12 August 2017
Monday - Saturday 7.45pm
Thursday & Saturday matinees 3.00pm (from 13 July)
Captioned Performance 08 August
Audio Described n/a
Press Night Tuesday 11 July, 7pm
Age Guidance 14+
Standard Tickets £12 - £25 (Mondays all seats £12 available from 9am online on the day of performance)
Concessions* £5 off top two prices (available in advance for previews and all matinees)

Under 26s £15 (available across all performances for individual bookers, Bands B and C only)
Access £15 (plus a companion at the same rate)
*ID required. All discounts subject to availability.


Nuclear War
Text by Simon Stephens
Directed by Imogen Knight

Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
Wednesday 19 April 2017 - Saturday 6 May 2017.

Extra shows added for sold out show Nuclear War by Simon Stephens. Performances have been added at 9.15pm on 22, 24, 25, 26 and 28 April and 2, 3 and 5 May 2017.

"I want, one more time, to be absolutely in the moment."

A series of suggestions on desire, death and time.

"I am going to try as hard as I can to not be a human being."

Royal Court Associate Playwright Simon Stephens returns to the Royal Court with Nuclear War directed by Imogen Knight. Nuclear War will run in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs from Wednesday 19 April 2017 - Saturday 6 May 2017, with press night on Friday 21 April 2017, 7pm.

Designed by Royal Court Associate Designer Chloe Lamford, sound design by Peter Rice and lighting by Lee Curran.

Nuclear War was developed by Actors Touring Company.

Simon Stephens (Writer)

For the Royal Court: Birdland, Wastwater, Bluebird, Herons, Country Music, Motortown.

Other theatre includes: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National/West End/Broadway); Port (Royal Exchange, Manchester/National); Rage (Thalia, Hamburg); Blindsided, On The Shore of the Wide World (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Carmen Disruption (Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hamburg/Almeida); Harper Regan (National); Sea Wall (Bush); Pornography (Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hamburg/Traverse/Birmingham Rep/Tricycle); Punk Rock (Lyric, Hammersmith/Royal Exchange, Manchester); A Doll's House (& West End), The Cherry Orchard, Songs From Faraway, I Am The Wind (Young Vic); Three Kingdoms (Lyric, Hammersmith/Tallinnand, Munich); Morning (Lyric); Heisenberg (MTC, New York); The Funfair (Home).

Radio includes: Fiver Letters Home to Elizabeth, Digging.

Film includes: Dive, Pornography, Cargese.

Awards include: Tony Award for Best Play, Olivier Award for Best New Play (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time); Theater Heute's Award (Motortown, Pornography, Wastwater); Manchester Evening News Award for Best Production (Punk Rock); Olivier Award for Best New Play (On The Shore of the Wide World); Pearson Award for Best Play (Port).

Simon is Artistic Associate at the Lyric, Hammersmith and Associate Playwright at the Royal Court. He was also on the board for Paines Plough between 2009 and 2014, and was a writers' tutor for the Young Writers' Programme at the Royal Court between 2001 and 2005.

Imogen Knight (Director)

As Movement Director for the Royal Court: Linda, God Bless the Child, The Low Road, A Time To Reap, Love, Love, Love (& Paines Plough), Pests (& Clean Break/Royal Exchange, Manchester/UK Tour).

Other theatre includes: Amadeus, The Threepenny Opera, Les Blancs, I Want My Hat Back, Edward II, Dido, Queen Of Carthage (National); The Emperor, Measure For Measure, Dirty Butterfly (Young Vic); Our Ladies Of Perpertual Succour (National Theatre of Scotland, National/UK tour); Red Velvet (Tricycle/West End/St Ann's Warehouse, New York); Five Finger Exercise (Print Room); THE SKRIKER (Manchester International Festival/Royal Exchange, Manchester); Carmen Disruption, Little Revolution, Turn of the Screw, King Lear, Filumena, Measure For Measure, When The Rain Stops Falling (Almeida); Hamlet, Blindsided, Cannibals (Royal Exchange, Manchester); In Time O' Strife, An Appointment with the Wicker Man, The Missing (National Theatre of Scotland); The Broken Heart, 'Tis Pity She's A Whore (Globe); The Crucible (Old Vic); Arden Of Faversham (RSC); Of Mice & Men, As You LIke It (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The History Boys, Macbeth (Crucible, Sheffield); Under the Carpet (De Stilte, Holland); OMG! (Sadler's Wells/Company of Angels/The Place); Penelope (Dramaturgs, Network/Company of Angels); But I Cd Only Whisper, When Five Years Pass (Arcola); One Day When We Were Young, The Sound Of Heavy Rain (Paines Plough); The Tempest (Watermill); Persuasion (Salisbury Playhouse); Corrie (Lowry/UK Tour); The Snow Queen (Chichester Festival); The Boiler Room (Clean Break); A Doll's House (Exeter Northcott Theatre); Wuthering Heights (Birmingham Rep); Success (National with Islington Youth Theatre).

Opera includes: Powder Her Face (ENO); Let's Make an Opera, The Little Sweep (Malmo Opera).

Television includes: Harlots, Call the Midwife, The Hollow Crown.

Film includes: On Chesil Beach, My Name Is Ruthie Segal, Hear Me Roar.

Imogen is choreographer for filmmaker and animator Jasmin Jordy and has choreographed commercials for Age UK and Childline. Imogen is a visiting lecturer at Central School of Speech and Drama and acted as a mentor, on behalf of Old Vic New Voices, for the young company Snuff Box Theatre on their acclaimed production Bitch Boxer. Imogen has been commissioned to create performance installations for The British Library and Curious Lab - Barbican 2016.

Casting to be announced.

Listings Information:

Nuclear War
Text by Simon Stephens
Directed by Imogen Knight
Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS
Wednesday 19 April 2017 - Saturday 6 May 2017
Monday - Saturday 7.45pm
Thursday & Saturday matinees 3pm (from 27 April)
Extra shows added 9.15pm on 22,24,25,26 & 28 April and 2 (captioned), 3 & 5 May
Captioned Performance 2 May, 7pm & 9.15pm
Press Night Friday 21 April, 7pm
Age Guidance 14+ Contains strong language
Standard Tickets £25 (Mondays all seats £12, available from 9am online on the day of performance)
First Look Tickets** £15 - £20 (Wednesday 5 July - Friday 7 July)

Concessions* £5 off (available in advance for previews and all matinees)

Under 26s* £5 off (available in advance for previews and all matinees)

Access £15 (plus a companion at the same rate)
*ID required. All discounts subject to availability.


International Playwrights: A Genesis Foundation Project
B

Written by Guillermo Calderón

Translated by William Gregory

Directed by Sam Pritchard
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
Thursday 28 September 2017 - Saturday 21 October 2017

Tickets are now on sale for previously announced B by Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón.

"But don't say that word."

"What word?"

"The word that starts with B."

Alejandra and Marcela are planting bombs in the middle of the night.

They don't want violence. They just want to be heard. Prison's not much of a threat when most of your friends are inside.

But José Miguel is from another generation, and he's committed to change by any means possible.

'We used to kill kings. We used to kill millionaires. And now all we do is make threats on the Internet. That's why I'm offering you the chance to start a war.'

Acclaimed Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón makes his Royal Court debut with the world premiere of his play B, written on a residency with the International Department. B is presented as part of International Playwrights: a Genesis Foundation Project. It will be directed by Royal Court Associate Director (International) Sam Pritchard in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs. It will run Thursday 28 September 2017 - Saturday 21 October 2017 with press nights on Saturday 7pm Saturday 30 September or 7pm Monday 2 October (embargoed until 10pm Monday 2 October).

Designed by Royal Court Associate Designer Chloe Lamford.

B will run alongside Victory Condition in nightly rep. These plays will run alongside one another in nightly rep, making it possible for the Royal Court to programme more work and offer flexible performance times.

Casting to be announced.

Guillermo Calderón (Writer)

Theatre includes: Mateluna (HAU, Berlin/Mario Matos Teatro Municipal, Lisbon/Santiago A Mil); Kiss (Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus/Canadian Stage Company); Escuela (MCA Chicago & the Chicago Humanities Festival/Under the Radar /Fringe Arts/Yale Rep); Neva (The Public, NYC/TCG conference with RADAR L.A); Quake (Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Germany); Villa, Discurso (Santiago A Mil/Tour/Redcat, LA); Diciembre (Santiago, Chile/Tour/ Under the Radar).

Film includes: Violeta Went To Heaven (Co-writer), Neruda, The Club.

Awards include: World Cinema Jury Prize for Drama, International Federation of Film Critics Prize for Best Film (Violeta Went To Heaven); Silver Bear at Berlin International Film Festival, Silver Plaque at Chicago International Film Festival, Mar del Plata Film Festival Best Screenplay, Fenix Film Award for Best Screenplay, Platino Awards for Iberoamerican Cinema Best Screenplay (The Club).

Guillermo Calderón is a screenwriter, playwright and theatre director. His plays have toured extensively through South America, North America, and Europe.

William Gregory (Translator)

For the Royal Court: CUBA Real, PIIGS.

Theatre includes: Springtime (Finborough Theatre); Chamaco, Weathered (HOME, Manchester); Numbers (Rutgers-NJIT, New Jersey); Villa, Discurso (MAC, Belfast); I'd Rather Goya Robbed Me of my Sleep Than Some Other Arsehole (Gate).

William trained originally as an actor and began translating plays in 2003. Since then he has translated over 100 plays by writers from Spain, Argentina, Chile and Mexico. He has worked for the Royal Court as an adviser on Spanish language plays on the International Residency and on projects in Cuba, Mexico and Chile.

Sam Pritchard (Director)

Theatre includes: Pygmalion (Headlong/West Yorkshire Playhouse/Nuffield Theatre); Anna (Aix Opera Festival/ENOA Workshop); There Has Possibly Been An Incident (Royal Exchange, Manchester/Soho/Edinburgh Festival Fringe/Theatertreffen, Berlin); Fireface (Young Vic); Galka Motalka (Royal Exchange, Manchester).

From 2010 to 2012, Sam was the New Writing Associate at the Royal Exchange Theatre. He was the winner of the JMK Award for Directors in 2012. Sam is the Associate Director (International) at the Royal Court.

International Playwrights: A Genesis Foundation Project.

Listing Information:

International Playwrights: A Genesis Foundation Project
B

Written by Guillermo Calderón

Translated by William Gregory

Directed by Sam Pritchard
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS
Thursday 28 September 2017 - Saturday 21 October 2017
7.00pm Performances 28,29 & 30 September, 02,10,11,12, 13, 17 & 21 October

9.00pm Performances 14,16,18,19 & 20 October
2.30pm Performances 12 & 21 October
Captioned Performance Friday 20 October, 9pm

Age Guidance 14+
Standard Tickets £12 - £38 (Mondays all seats £12 available from 9am online on the day of performance). Get Band A seats at Band B prices when you book a ticket for both B and Victory Condition in one transaction

First Look Tickets** £12 -£28 (28 - 29 September)
Concessions* £5 off top two prices (available in advance for previews and all matinees)

Under 26s £15 (available across all performances for individual bookers, Bands B and C only)
Access £15 (plus a companion at the same rate)
*ID required. All discounts subject to availability.


Victory Condition
Written by Chris Thorpe

Directed by Vicky Featherstone
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
Thursday 05 October 2017 - Saturday 21 October 2017

Tickets are now on sale for previously announced Victory Condition by Chris Thorpe.

"A thousand people are taking a sip of coffee within the city limits of Johannesburg, each unaware of the other doing it, each one necessarily thinking they are the only one."

An attempt to get to grips with the fact that everything happens at once.

And to see if there's anything we can do about it.

"Find the connection between where you are and where I am. Open up the space between us and do something."

Chris Thorpe returns to the Royal Court with new play Victory Condition directed by Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs. It will run Thursday 05 October 2017 - Saturday 21 October 2017 with press nights on 7pm Saturday 7 October or 7pm Monday 9 October (embargoed until 10pm Monday 9 October)

Designed by Royal Court Associate Designer Chloe Lamford.

Victory Condition will run alongside B in nightly rep. These plays will run alongside one another in nightly rep, making it possible for the Royal Court to programme more work and offer flexible performance times.

Victory Condition is part of the Royal Court's Jerwood New Playwrights programme, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

Casting to be announced.

Chris Thorpe (Writer)

For the Royal Court: The Milk of Human Kindness (& LIFT).

Other theatre includes: Am I Dead Yet? (Unlimited/UK tour/International tour); The Iphigenia Quartet: Chorus (Gate); Your Best Guess (Almeida Festival, Lisbon); Confirmation (Warwick Arts Centre/China Plate); Hannah (Unicorn); There Has Possibly Been An Incident (Royal Exchange, Manchester/Soho/Edinburgh Festival Fringe/Theatertreffen, Berlin); The Oh Fuck Moment, I Wish I Was Lonely (Edinburgh Festival Fringe/Forest Fringe); What I Heard about The World (Third Angel); Overdrama (mala voadora, Lisbon).

Chris is an Associate Artist at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. Chris was a founder member of Unlimited Theatre and still works and tours with the company. He is also an Artistic Associate of Live Art/Theatre company Third Angel.

Vicky Featherstone (Director)

For the Royal Court: X, Cyprus Avenue (& Abbey), How To Hold Your Breath, God Bless the Child, Maidan: Voices from the Uprising, The Mistress Contract, The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas; Untitled Matriarch Play, The President Has Come to See You (Open Court Weekly Rep).

Other theatre includes: Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, Enquirer (co-director), An Appointment with the Wicker Man, 27, The Wheel, Somersaults, Wall of Death: A Way of Life (co-director), The Miracle Man, Empty, Long Gone Lonesome (National Theatre of Scotland); Cockroach (National Theatre of Scotland/Traverse); 365 (National Theatre of Scotland/Edinburgh International Festival); Mary Stuart (National Theatre of Scotland/Citizens, Glasgow/Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh); The Wolves in the Walls (co-director) (National Theatre of Scotland/Tramway/Lyric, Hammersmith/UK tour/New Victory, New York); The Small Things, Pyrenees, On Blindness, The Drowned World, Tiny Dynamite, Crazy Gary's Mobile Disco, Splendour, Riddance, The Cosmonaut's Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union, Crave (Paines Plough).

Television includes: Where the Heart Is, Silent Witness.

Vicky was Artistic Director of Paines Plough 1997-2005 and the inaugural Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Scotland 2005-2012. Vicky is the Artistic Director of the Royal Court.

Listing Information:

Victory Condition
Written by Chris Thorpe

Directed by Vicky Featherstone
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS
Thursday 05 October 2017 - Saturday 21 October 2017
7.00pm Performances 05,06,07,09,14,16, 18, 19 & 20 October

9.00pm Performances 10,11,12,13,17 & 21 October
2.30pm Performances 14 & 19 October
Captioned Performance Friday 20 October, 7pm
Age Guidance 14+
Standard Tickets £12 - £38 (Mondays all seats £12 available from 9am online on the day of performance). Get Band A seats at Band B prices when you book a ticket for both B and Victory Condition in one transaction
Concessions* £5 off top two prices (available in advance for previews and all matinees)

Under 26s £15 (available across all performances for individual bookers, Bands B and C only)
Access £15 (plus a companion at the same rate)
*ID required. All discounts subject to availability.



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