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Royal Court Timeline

  • 1955-59
  • 1960-64
  • 1965-69
  • 1970-74
  • 1975-79
  • 1980-84
  • 1985-89
  • 1990-94
  • 1995-99
  • 2000-04
  • 2005-09
  • 2010-14
  • 2015-19
  1. 1950s  
  2. English Stage Company opens at the Royal Court Royal Court declares itself a writers theatre Two years of the English Stage Company Look Back in Anger  
  3. The Chairs  
  4. Endgame  
  5. Roots  
  6. 1960s  
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  8. The Knack  
  9. William Gaskill opens the Royal Court Actors Studio View related image  
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  11. William Gaskill becomes Artistic Director George Devine retires Saved  
  12. The Lion and the Jewel  
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  14. MPs praise Theatres Bill End of stage censorship  
  15. Theatre Upstairs opens Lindsay Anderson & Anthony Page join as Co-Artistic Directors Over Gardens Out The Contractor  
  16. 1970s  
  17. As Time Goes By  
  18. Oscar Lewenstein becomes Artistic Director  
  19. First national playwriting competition for under 18s The Rocky Horror Show The Island  
  20. First Young Writers Festival  
  21. Nicholas Wright & Robert Kidd become joint Artistic Directors  
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  23. Stuart Burge becomes Artistic Director  
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  25. Max Stafford-Clark becomes Artistic Director Cloud Nine Bent  
  26. 1980s  
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  28. Top Girls Rita, Sue and Bob Too  
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  30. ACE threatens to withdraw Royal Court subsidy Laurence Olivier defends Royal Court National & RSC defend Royal Court British theatre stands up for Royal Court Royal Court wins Arts Council reprieve Rat in the Skull  
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  32. Young People's Theatre moves to Portobello Rd Young People's Theatre moves to Portobello Rd Road  
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  34. Our Country’s Good  
  35. First International Summer School View related image  
  36. 1990s  
  37. Death and the Maiden  
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  39. Stephen Daldry becomes Artistic Director  
  40. New era for British playwriting  
  41. Blasted  
  42. Royal Court closes for refurbishment Royal Court moves to West End View related image View related image View related image East is East  
  43. Ian Rickson becomes Artistic Director Attempts on Her Life The Weir  
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  46. 2000s Royal Court reopens in Sloane Square View related image View related image  
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  48. Plasticine  
  49. Fallout  
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  52. 50 years of the English Stage Company Royal Court holds 50th Anniversary Gala Motortown  
  53. Dominic Cooke becomes Artistic Director  
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  55. Shades Jerusalem  
  56. Launch of Theatre Local First Theatre Local play a success View related image View related image  
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  • 1955
  • 1960
  • 1965
  • 1970
  • 1975
  • 1980
  • 1985
  • 1990
  • 1995
  • 2000
  • 2005
  • 2010
  • 2015

The Royal Court Theatre – Inside Out

"Inside Out" combines a probing history with a unique collection of original and revealing anecdotes from everyone involved in the story of this most influential and important of cultural institutions.

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