Two plays set six-month engagement
The Royal Court, the subsidized theater that is London’s foremost producer of new plays, is joining forces with commercial org Ambassador Theater Group (ATG) to transfer two of its biggest hits to the West End for a six-month season at the Duke of York’s Theater.
Run commences May 11 with Laura Wade’s “Posh.” A darkly comic evisceration of British upper-class privilege, the play centers on the reckless behavior of an all-male dining society based on the notorious Bullingdon Club, whose past members included U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and London Mayor Boris Johnson.
The play opened for a limited engagement at the Court in April 2010 and played to capacity crowds. It remains one of the fastest-selling productions in the Court’s history.
Helmer Lyndsey Turner and designer Anthony Ward return to the production, which runs until Aug. 4. Casting has yet to be announced.
“Jumpy,” April de Angelis’ comedy of friction-filled parenthood, follows Aug. 16-Nov. 3 with an Aug. 28 press night. Tamsin Greig stars as a 50-year-old woman attempting to handle a teenage daughter who shares none of her ideals. The play’s original 2011 Court run sold out within a record-breaking four days of opening. Revival will again be helmed by director-dramatist Nina Raine, whose own play “Tribes” is in the midst of a well-received run at Gotham’s Barrow Street Theater.
“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,” said Royal Court a.d. Dominic Cooke.
The Court’s West End season will be complemented by the continuing roster of plays in the two stages of its Sloane Square home, plus another season of work in a yet-to-be-announced nontheater venue, as well as its upcoming Off Broadway production of Mike Bartlett’s hit play “Cock.”