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Royal Court Theatre London

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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.

Plan your visit

Doors open at the Royal Court Theatre around 30 minutes before the show is due to start. The Box Office opens from 10am Monday-Saturday.
There is no specific dress code for the theatre. Patrons should wear attire that is comfortable and appropriate for the occasion.
Yes, the Royal Court Theatre is fully air-conditioned.
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.
Security staff will be completing bag and ticket checks upon entry to the Royal Court Theatre and to the auditorium, so patrons are encouraged to arrive early to allow plenty of time.
The Royal Court 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.
The Royal Court 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.
For a convenient stay just moments from the Royal Court Theatre, 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.
There has been a theatre on the site of the Royal Court Theatre since 1870 under the name The New Chelsea Theatre. The current theatre was built in 1888 and premiered many plays including several of George Bernard Shaw's until it was damaged by bombing in World War II. The theatre reopened in 1952 as the home of the English Stage Company, a subsidised group with the aim to create a writer's theatre, premiering new works from contemporary playwrights.

Help booking tickets

Ticket collection is available at the box office from 10am on the day of your performance. Please ensure to bring your confirmation email and your ID.
The Royal Court Theatre box office opens 10am-6pm on Monday-Saturday.
The Royal Court Theatre box office can be calling 020 7565 5000.
STAR (Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers) are the industry body that regulates the sale of London theatre tickets. When booking from a company you can check their ticket seller database to see if they are registered and conforming to STAR practices. When buying online, you should also check for the padlock in your browser URL bar to ensure the connection is secure.
The Royal Court Theatre's auditorium, alongside its bars, restaurants and backstage spaces are available for private hire. For full details of pricing and what the theatre can offer, please email info@royalcourttheatre.com.
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