LONDON — The Royal Court Theater has added world premieres by Anya Reiss and Penelope Skinner to its 2011 slate.
“The Acid Test,” which runs May 13-June 11, is the second play from Reiss, whose debut “Spur of the Moment,” written when she was just 17, has already netted her the 2011 Critics’ Circle, Evening Standard and Whatsonstage awards for most promising playwright. Directed by rising helmer Simon Godwin, it will be designed by Paul Wills and lit by Malcolm Rippeth.
“The Village Bike,” which runs June 24-July 23, is Skinner’s Royal Court debut. Like Reiss, Skinner is a graduate of the Royal Court’s extensive writing development programs. Her credits elsewhere include plays at the Bush, Hampstead and National theaters. The production will be helmed by Joe Hill-Gibbins.
The Royal Court leads the Olivier nominations with nine noms and is riding high with two plays at its Sloane Square home plus the hit West End transfer of “Clybourne Park” helmed by a.d. Dominic Cooke. The Gotham transfer of its West End SRO success “Jerusalem” is in rehearsal ahead of previews at the Music Box from April 2.