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Samuel French Relaunches UK Bookshop at The Royal Court Theatre


Samuel French Relaunches UK Bookshop at The Royal Court Theatre

Samuel French UK announced today that it will re-open a theatre bookshop in London in partnership with The Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Square. The Bookshop will be located in the theatre's Balcony Bar and will officially open on March 5, 2018.

Douglas Schatz, Managing Director of Samuel French UK said:

"We are thrilled to reopen a bookshop in London, especially at the iconic Royal Court Theatre. When we closed our shop in Fitzroy Street last year, we were overwhelmed by messages of support. We look forward to welcoming back customers and friends from the old bookshop and meeting many more theatre lovers in our new home."

The Royal Court Theatre has been a centre for new British playwrighting for more than 60 years.

Lucy Davies, Executive Producer at the Royal Court said today: "This is a thrilling and significant new partnership, which allows us to re-imagine and share the loveliest public space in our building - our Balcony Bar - giving audiences, readers and writers a very special new resource. We are delighted that Samuel French's legendary bookshop can move into a new era with us here in Sloane Square."

Customers will be able to browse and read play texts in the bookshop, as well as enjoy a coffee and meet playwrights at author events. The shop will be open Monday through Saturday from 11am-5:30pm. On nights when Royal Court performances are taking place, a smaller bookstall will be open on the lower ground floor from 6pm to curtain.

The new Bookshop has been designed by Haworth Tompkins, who oversaw the redevelopment of the theatre in 2000, and Citizens Design Bureau, who worked on the refurbishment of the theatre's Bar and Kitchen three years ago.


Samuel French is the world's leading publisher and licensor of plays and musicals. The company's catalog features some of the most acclaimed work ever written for the stage and titles by writers at the forefront of contemporary drama. Samuel French is proud to have served as a leader in theatrical publishing and licensing for over 180 years and is committed to the future by championing for playwrights, innovating the industry, and celebrating all those who make theatre around the world.

To learn more about the new Samuel French Bookshop at The Royal Court Theatre visit

About The 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. We open our doors to the unheard voices and free thinkers that, through their writing, change our way of seeing.

Over 120,000 people visit the Royal Court in Sloane Square, London, each year and many thousands more see our work elsewhere through transfers to the West End and New York, UK and international tours, digital platforms, our residencies across London, and our site-specific work. Through all our work we strive 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. Twenty years of the International Department's pioneering work around the world means the Royal Court has relationships with writers on every continent.

Within the past sixty years, John Osborne, Samuel Beckett, Arnold Wesker, Ann Jellicoe, Howard Brenton, David Hare have started their careers at the Court.

Many others including Caryl Churchill, Athol Fugard, Mark Ravenhill, Simon Stephens, Debbie tucker green, Sarah Kane; and, more recently, Lucy Kirkwood, Nick Payne, Penelope Skinner and Alistair McDowall, have followed.

The Royal Court has produced many iconic plays from Laura Wade's Posh to Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem and Martin McDonagh's Hangmen.

Royal Court plays from every decade are now performed on stage and taught in classrooms and universities across the globe.

It is because of this commitment to the writer that we believe there is no more important theatre in the world than the Royal Court.

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