Open Court Festival

The writers have the keys

In her first summer at the helm of the Royal Court Theatre, new Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone will hand over the building to the playwrights in Open Court – a six week festival (10 June – 20 July) of plays, ideas and events chosen and suggested by a group of over 140 writers.

“The Royal Court’s festival programmed by playwrights has an intoxicating energy.” Daily Telegraph

Keep up with all the Live-streaming and video from the festival at our Open Court Live page

Full Event Calender

“The energy and attack of Open Court is not only urgent but manages to feel both fresh and at the same time steeped in the metabolism of that extraordinary theatre’s extraordinary history.
It’s like nothing else the Royal Court has staged before.
Which, at its best, is what the Royal Court has always done.”
Simon Stephens, Playwright

Click here for WEEKLY REP
Tue-Sat, 11 June-20 July Six new plays in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs in six weeks with one company of actors and four directors.

Mon & Tue, 10 June – 6 July Theatre of the Unknown in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs

Sat, 15 June – 13 July A Royal Court playwright reads you their play in a secret location around the building.

Click here for LOST IN THEATRE
Daily, 10 June – 20 July A theatrical treasure-hunt. Ten new plays hidden around the Royal Court. Pick up some headphones and listen in.

Click here for FOUND PLAYS
Throughout the festival Discovered, uncovered, captured, or overheard, the Royal Court will be searching for Found Plays in all guises.

Click here for SOAP OPERA
1 – 13 July A soap opera written and created by Royal Court playwrights, performed in nightly five minute episodes at the Bussey Building in Peckham, culminating in a live omnibus edition.

Click here for THE BIG IDEA
The Big Idea: Friday Nights
Fri 14 June Curated by Alecky Blythe, E.V Crowe and Michael Wynne

Fri 21 June Curated by DC Moore and Penelope Skinner

Fri 12 July Curated by Vivienne Franzmann and Nick Payne

The Big Idea: PIIGS
25-29 June Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain. Working with international and UK playwrights to explore the five countries in the European Union that have been hit hardest by European austerity, including verbatim conversations reported, translated and put on stage within 24 hours of them happening.

The Big Idea: Collaboration
4-6 July Six writers will work with writer and director Anthony Neilson to explore collaboration through his unique devising style in the rehearsal room.

The Big Idea: Kids Court
16-20 July A week of plays, workshops and special events curated by young playwrights aged 8-11.

Uncommon Nonsense
Every Thursday @ 9.30pm From 20 July
Weekly Open Mic night of comedy, music and spoken word – and a few Found Plays in the Balcony Bar.

Alongside Open Court, Theatre Local continues with two plays outside the building. US playwright Annie Baker opens Circle Mirror Transformation at the Rose Lipman Building in Haggerston, N1 from 5 July – 3 Aug and the National Theatre of Scotland’s production of David Greig’s The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart will be performed at the London Welsh Centre, WC1 from 12 July– 3 Aug, followed by a run at the Bussey Building in Peckham, SE15 from 5-9 Aug.

New Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone talks about Open Court below:

Chloe Lamford – Festival Designer
Fly Davies – Design Associate
Ruth Stringer – Design Associate

Previous Productions

Found Plays

10 Jun - 20 Jul

Uncommon Nonsense

20 Jun - 18 Jul

Jerwood Theatre Upstairs

Surprise Theatre

10 Jun - 16 Jul

Open Court

Soap Opera

1 Jul - 13 Jul

Cafe Bar and various locations around the Royal Court

Playwright at Your Table

15 Jun - 13 Jul

Cafe Bar

Ramshackle Union Band

5 Jul

Royal Court Theatre

Lost in Theatre

12 Jun

The Wilson Studio at the Royal Court

Found Play Workshop

1 Jun

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