The Royal Court Theatre
The Royal Court Theatre has a tradition of presenting new plays by authors from around the world, among them figures such as Samuel Beckett, Bertolt Brecht, Max Frisch, Jean Genet, Eugène Ionesco and Arthur Miller. In the 1990s, Elyse Dodgson spearheaded a renewed emphasis on the development and production of international work at the Royal Court Theatre, first through the International Residency programme and by early 1996 at the head of a dedicated International Department.
Since 1997 John Studzinski, and latterly the Genesis Foundation, has supported the Royal Court Theatre’s ground-breaking work with emerging playwrights from around the world. He first became interested in the work of the Royal Court Theatre in the 1990s, admiring the company’s policy of finding and nurturing new English language playwrights. Click here to find out more from Elyse Dodgson about how the Genesis Foundation has supported the International Playwrights Programme and a recent example of their work in Cuba.
With the support of the Genesis Foundation, the Royal Court Theatre now enjoys a creative dialogue with hundreds of playwrights and theatre makers all over the world. Recent work includes workshops in Ukraine, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia and across the Middle East, in addition to long term relationships with playwrights in Brazil, France, Germany, India, Romania, Spain, Uganda, Chile, South Africa, Zimbabwe and many other countries. The Royal Court also stages this work, and since 1997 have produced dozens of full productions, staged readings and one-off events with the support of the Genesis Foundation.
A visualisation of International Playwrights: A Genesis Foundation Project’s activity from 2016 – 2018:
For more information on the Royal Court Theatre’s international work, please visit www.royalcourttheatre.com/playwriting/international-playwriting
The Royal Court’s current international work can be divided into three components:
- International Playwriting Residencies
Up to ten playwrights are invited to the Royal Court each year for up to four weeks to develop a new play.
- International Play Development
These on-going programmes focus on new writing in specific countries through partnerships with theatres in those countries.
- International Playwrights – Production / Co-production
Seasons of international work and individual productions of specially commissioned international plays in translation. This includes associated performances, public readings and events which have emerged from the programme’s projects.
Since 1996 the Royal Court Theatre has travelled the world, running long-term play development projects and building relationships between playwrights, directors, actors and translators. The Royal Court has now worked with hundreds of international playwrights from more than 70 countries in 40 languages, with the support of the Genesis Foundation.