The Royal Court remains best known for its impact of British theatre with the premiere of John Osborne's Look Back in Anger in 1956. This was the ground-breaking play (the first of the so-called "kitchen sink" dramas) that was to revolutionize the West End.
Since then, the Royal Court has continued its reputation for novelty and innovation - even down to its physical structure: it is now, thanks to a multi-million pound renovation, one of the most attractive and comfortable theatres in London, with a smart restaurant and even smarter chairs - plenty of room and a comfortable leather upholstery.
In terms of its programming, it continues to specialize in new writing, but it is also one of the most internationally-minded of theatres— something reflected in the autumn season.
Playing the Victim, which plays at the Court from Sept. 1 to Oct. 4, is by the Russian Presnyakov brothers, whose Terrorism was produced at the Court earlier this year. In Playing the Victim, a young man drops out of university and goes to the police in search of a job—a particular job: playing the victim in murder reconstructions. Maybe by getting close to death he can cheat his own.
Blood, which runs from Sept. 18 to Oct. 25, is by Lars Noren, one of Sweden's leading playwrights. Rosa is happiest sending copy back from war zones. Eric is having an affair with one of his patients. They still can't find the son the junta took away from them—though they've been back to Chile eleven times. But now that Rosa has published her novel, perhaps the pain will go away.
Blood stars Francesca Annis (last seen in Coward's The Vortex, at the Donmar, directed by Michael Grandage) and Nicholas le Prevost (Much Ado About Nothing for the RSC at the Haymarket, My Fair Lady for the National Theatre) along with Tom Hardy and Ingrid Lacey.