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News Players Club to Honor Royal Court Theatre with Reading Series Manhattan's Players Club will honor the 50th anniversary of Royal Court Theatre with a week-long September reading series of plays the London theatre made famous.

Each of the Sept. 11-15 readings will take place at the Players Club Gramercy Park headquarters.

The Royal Court began the current theatrical chapter in its long history (the building opened as a theatre in 1888) in 1956 with a challenging, gritty production of the play Look Back in Anger by John Osborne, who was the first of the so-called "Angry Young Men" playwrights. Since then, it has held true to its role as nurturer of young, daring and sometimes unsettling new voices in the theatre. Among the playwrights whose careers have been helped along by the Royal Court include Osborne, Arnold Wesker, Caryl Churchill, Conor McPherson, Joe Orton, Christopher Hampton, David Hare, David Storey, Edward Bond and Martin McDonagh.

The schedule includes:

Sept. 11 at 7:30 P.M: Brian Murray as Archie Rice in John Osborne’s The Entertainer, with Michael Allinson as Billy Rice.

Sept. 12 at 7:30 P.M: The Weir by Conor McPherson, directed by John Pepper. Sept. 13 at 7:30 P.M: Cloud Nine by Caryl Churchill, directed by Alex Dmitriev.

Sept. 15 at 7:30 P.M: Insignificance by Terry Johnson, directed by Ian Rickson, artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre.

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