Royal Court Upstairs Plays Go Downstairs in Summer 2008

News   Royal Court Upstairs Plays Go Downstairs in Summer 2008 In addition to the previously announced West End transfer of Polly Stenham's That Face, the Royal Court will also give further lives to three more plays that were also originally seen last year in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs.

In the Upstairs Downstairs season, running from June to July, Marius von Mayenburg's The Ugly Ones, Anupama Chandrasekhar's Free Outgoing and Bola Agbaje's Olivier-nominated Gone Too Far! will be revived in the mainhouse Jerwood Theatre Downstairs. The Ugly Ones, opening June 12 (following previews from June 10) for a run to June 28 only, is a comedy on beauty, identity and getting ahead in life, which follows a man who has plastic surgery after he is declared too unattractive by his boss to represent the company at a sales fair. German playwright Von Mayenburg's work was previously represented at the Royal Court when his play Fireface was seen there in 2000. The Ugly Ones is again directed by Ramin Gray, and the cast includes Michael Gould.

Free Outgoing, opening on July 7 (following previews from July 2) for a run to July 19 only, is a play that sets the rampant technology of the modern world against the conservatism of a traditional Indian society, following the national moral outrage that occurs when a young girl is filmed with a boy in her classroom. The cast of Indhu Rubasingham's production includes Lolita Chakrabarti, who reprises the lead role of the girl that she first played last year.

Gone Too Far!, opening on July 28 (following previews from July 23) for a run to August 9, is a play about identity, history and culture, set on a South London estate. Its young playwright, whose first play this was, is now under commission to write another for the Royal Court. It is directed by Bijan Sheibani. Following its run at the Royal Court, the play will have a brief run at Deptford's Albany August 14-16.

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