Laying out his vision to assembled journalists at the southwest London venue, Cook said, "At the Royal Court we are in the business of asking questions — questions about the world we live in and questions about theatrical form. My hope is that everything we produce here will address one of those questions; be it a new play on an unexplored subject or a revisited classic that engages with an experimental past. I want to encourage eclecticism and surprise, balanced by a clear commitment to key principles — nurturing emerging writers, an international perspective and a spirit of experiment."
The Court’s Jerwood Theatre Downstairs kicks off with the National Theatre of Scotland’s production of The Wonderful World of Dissocia (March 28 – April 21) written and directed by Anthony Neilson.
My Child (May 3-June 2), a play about fatherhood by first-time writer Mike Bartlett, is followed by The Pain and the Itch (June 14-July 21) by American writer Bruce Norris. Norris' play, which will be directed by Cook, received its world premiere at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre and ran at New York's Playwrights Horizons.
Running in repertory between Sept. 21 and Dec. 15 are revivals of Ionesco's absurdist Rhinoceros, also directed by Cook, and Max Frisch's The Fire Raisers, helmed by Ramin Gray.
The Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, meanwhile, will start its 2007 season with Leaves (March 14-April 7) by Belfast writer Lucy Caldwell. That Face (April 20-May 19) by first-time writer Polly Stenham is followed by another debut play Alaska, by D.C. Moore. For more on the Royal Court's season, call (0)20 7565 5050.