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What’s On at Royal Court Theatre

As one of the UK's most acclaimed theatres for new writing, the Royal Court stage presents a mix of exciting dramas from some of the best contemporary playwrights. In 2024, highlights include the stage premiere of Bluets, based on Maggie Nelson’s acclaimed novel; and Mark Rosenblatt’s Giant, starring John Lithgow as Roald Dahl.

These are just two of the dramas that make up a varied and challenging season of events at the Royal Court this spring and summer, so check the full listings to get a taste of what the Off West End venue has to offer.

About the Royal Court Theatre

The Royal Court is situated on Sloane Square and is one of the world's most prominent theatres for new writing. Originally opening in 1870, the theatre has undergone several rebuilds over the years. Most recently, the Royal Court was given a £16.2 million grant for essential building works, reopening in 2000 following a four-year redevelopment project.

The Royal Court entered a golden age when it became the home of the English Stage Company in 1956, led by George Devine. The intention was to create a writer's theatre and produce new British and foreign plays. John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger was one of the first plays produced by the ESC and was a critical and commercial success, transferring to the West End and Broadway. The theatre's smaller Upstairs studio, with a capacity of just 63, opened in 1969 and one of its earliest productions was the world premiere of the iconic musical The Rocky Horror Show.

Over the years the Royal Court has premiered work from some of the world's most prolific playwrights, such as Caryl Churchill, Edward Bond, Sarah Kane and Christopher Hampton. Recent notable productions include Jez Butterworth's The Ferryman, Laura Wade's Posh, and Martin McDonagh's Hangmen, which transferred to the West End's Wyndham's Theatre.

Map and Address

Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8AS

The Royal Court is located off-West End, on Sloane Square in Chelsea, one of the most affluent areas in Central London. King’s Road starts in Sloane Square, which is known for its upscale shopping. Also on King’s Road you can find the Saatchi Gallery, which has free admission to its galleries. There are many places to eat and drink in the area, with the theatre itself hosting an all-day café and bar. It is important to check before travelling, in case of any delays.

Frequently Asked Questions

What time does the Royal Court Theatre box office open and how do I collect tickets?

The box office opens 10am - 6pm on Monday - Saturday. Ticket collection is available from 10am on the day of your performance. Please ensure to bring your confirmation email and your ID.

What time does the Royal Court Theatre open for a show?

Doors open around 30 minutes before the show is due to start, but you are welcome to arrive a little early to enjoy drinks in the bar or food.

What food and drink are available at the Royal Court Theatre?

The theatre has two bars, as well as an on-site restaurant. The Kitchen serves a range of meals from burgers, salads and sharing boards. The bars serve a range of alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, as well as bar snacks.

Does the Royal Court Theatre have a cloakroom?

A complimentary cloakroom service is available for ticket-holders as the theatre operates a strict 'handbags only' policy inside the auditorium. Only one reasonably-sized bag per person can be taken inside. The cloakroom remains open for 15 minutes after the performance has ended.

Is the Royal Court Theatre air-conditioned?

Yes, the theatre is fully air-conditioned to ensure visitors are comfortable all year round.

Where should I eat near the Royal Court Theatre?

The theatre is located on Sloane Square in the Chelsea district of London. The area is known for its upmarket eating establishments and boutique shopping. For a delicious pre or post-theatre dinner, try The Botanist, which is located just across the road from the theatre. Alternatively, if you’re in a hurry there are a range of fast-food restaurants, including Pret a Manger, Itsu and McDonald’s less than a 10-minute walk away.

What is the best hotel to stay at near the Royal Court Theatre?

For a convenient stay just moments from the venue, consider the four-star Sloan Square Hotel. If you're on a tighter budget, the Sloane Place Hotel is less than a 10-minute walk away and has a range of rooms at affordable prices.

How do I contact the box office?

The box office can be contacted by phone on 020 7565 5000 from 10am each performance day.
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