Royal Court Theatre spotlights its international work in Autumn / Winter 2017 Season

4 October 2017

World premieres, international voices and women writers dominate a diverse season of plays commissioned and developed by the International Playwrights Programme, supported by the Genesis Foundation.

The Royal Court Theatre’s Autumn / Winter 2017 programme features 12 plays, including five world premieres, from Argentina, Chile, Syria, Ukraine & the US. All these plays are part of the Royal Court’s International Playwrights Programme that’s been funded by the Genesis Foundation for 20 years.

Under the leadership of Elyse Dodgson, the Royal Court has worked with writers from more than 70 countries in 40 different languages, giving playwrights access to the best mentoring, nurturing, tuition as well as providing opportunities for them to have their work presented at the Royal Court.

Many of these writers have worked under incredible hardship in fractured societies, often finding an outlet for their voice for the first time through the programme.

Long term play development relationships now exist through projects and exchanges with writers from countries including Argentina, Brazil, China, Chile, Cuba, France, Germany, India, Iran, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, Palestine, Romania, Russia, Spain, South Africa, Syria, Turkey, Uruguay and Zimbabwe.

Highlights of the forthcoming season include:

  • Acclaimed Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón makes his Royal Court debut with the world premiere of B, a play exploring what revolutionary violence means to two different generations. B is on now and runs until Saturday 21 October.
  • Royal Court Associate Director Hamish Pirie directs the world premiere of GOATS by Syrian playwright Liwaa Yazji, in a translation by Katharine Halls. This runs from Friday 24 November 2017 to Saturday 30 December 2017.
  • Ukrainian playwright Natal’ya Vorozhbit returns to the Royal Court with the world premiere of BAD ROADS, translated by Sasha Dugdale directed by Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone. The play runs from Wednesday 15 November 2017 to Saturday 23 December 2017.

For bookings and more information, visit the Royal Court Theatre website.