The Royal Court Theatre is probably where our editor first fell in love with the London theatre scene, so it has a special place in his heart. In the 1980s and 90s this was the theatre in London that was constantly pushing boundaries, with some of the finest and most challenging performances in the capital. This approach has not always met with universal approval but isn’t that the nature of things when you are challenging preconceptions.
A Ground Breaking London Theatre
The first theatre was established here in 1870, although the current building dates to 1888, when it was called the New Court Theatre. By the turn of the century it had become known as the Royal Court Theatre. In the 1950s and 60s the Royal Court put on some of the most ground breaking theatre in London including Osborne’s Look Back in Anger and The Entertainer.
This tradition was maintained thorough the succeeding decades with premiers of plays by Christopher Hampton, Caryl Churchill, Timberlake Wertenbaker and Hanif Kureishi amongst others. It also premiered The Rocky Horror Show in 1973 especially for those of you who like to do the timewarp … again.
Two Theatres in One
In addition to the 380-seat Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, there is also a smaller intimate studio theatre upstairs.
What’s On at the Royal Court Theatre?
To find out what is currently being performed at the theatre, click here. Or you can read about the 2021 Royal Court Reopening Programme.
How to Get There?
The theatre is right next to Sloane Square tube station (District and Circle lines). It is also close to London Victoria train station and Victoria Coach Station.
On the cusp of Belgravia, Sloane Square lies in one of the most exclusive parts of London. But don’t worry you don’t have to pay anything to go strolling along these gold paved streets. If you like, walk down to the Thames and look across at Battersea Power Station.