By Mark Shenton
14 Mar 2012
Posh will begin performances May 11, prior to an official opening May 23, for a run through Aug. 4, then Jumpy will follow, beginning performances Aug. 16, prior to an official opening Aug. 28, for a run through Nov. 3.
In a press statement, Dominic Cooke, artistic director of the Royal Court, commented, "As the world focuses its attention on London for the Olympics, it's a great moment for the Royal Court to mark its groundbreaking contribution to British culture, and the leading role British playwrights take in theatre across the world, with a season in the West End. It's especially exciting for us to return to the Duke of York’s which was the Royal Court’s home in the West End while our Sloane Square base was being rebuilt in the late 90's. And we couldn’t be happier to be working again with one of the country’s most vibrant commercial theatre companies, ATG."
He went on to say, "For over 50 years, the Royal Court has presented new plays that aim to break new ground artistically and challenge perceptions about the world we live in. Laura Wade’s Posh and April De Angelis’s Jumpy are two recent examples, plays that touched a real nerve with our audiences in Sloane Square. With wit, passion and originality, these plays ask searching questions about who we are in Britain today, about the relationship we have to our traditions and the forces that shape our lives. I'm especially pleased to be able to produce two women playwrights with new plays in the West End directed by two of this country's most exciting young female directors, also making their West End debut with this season. I hope these bold new plays will offer something fresh to the West End at this unique point in London’s history."
Posh, which is directed by Lyndsey Turner, is set in an oak-panelled room in Oxford, where ten young bloods with cut-glass vowels and deep pockets are meeting, intent on restoring their right to rule. Members of an elite student dining society, the boys are bunkering down for a wild night of debauchery, decadence and bloody good wine. But this isn't just a jolly: they’re planning a revolution. Wade is currently adapting Posh into a feature film for Blueprint Pictures.
For Jumpy, which is directed by Nina Raine, Tamsin Greig will reprise her Royal Court performance as a woman who is a wife, mother and 50-years-old. She once protested at Greenham Common. Now her protests tend to focus on persuading her teenage daughter to go out fully clothed. Greig's other recent roles include the West End premieres of The Little Dog Laughed (for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award) and The God of Carnage. She played Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing at the RSC for which she won Olivier and Critics’ Circle Awards.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7565 5000 or 0844 871 7623, or visit www.royalcourtatdukes.com for more details.