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Mark Ravenhill, Debbie Tucker Green and Rory Mullarkey to pen plays for Royal Court 2018 season

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New plays by Mark Ravenhill, Debbie Tucker Green and Rory Mullarkey feature in the Royal Court Theatre’s new season.

Artistic director Vicky Featherstone will direct a new play by Ravenhill called The Cane in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, from December.

The main house programme also includes Ear for Eye, written and directed by Tucker Green and produced in association with Barbara Broccoli.

Mullarkey makes his Royal Court debut with Pity, also in the main space, which is directed by Sam Pritchard.

Poet, musician and dancer Deborah ‘Debris’ Stevenson presents a new work later this year in a co-commission between the Royal Court and 14-18 Now, in association with Nottingham Playhouse and Leicester Curve.

It is part of the wider Represent project, a series of works inspired by the 1918 Representation of the People Act.

In the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, new work includes Instructions for Correct Assembly by Thomas Eccleshare, Anthony Neilson’s The Prudes, which he also directs, Robert Alan Evans’ The Woods and One for Sorrow by Cordelia Lynn and directed by James Macdonald.

Elsewhere, Belgian theatremaker Lies Pauwels will create a new piece, Happiness Always, for LIFT 2018, while RashDash’s Helen Goalen and Abbi Greenland will collaborate with playwright with Ellie Kendrick on Hole.

Director Ola Ince will also programme the Site, the theatre’s third space that is adjacent to its main building, in the autumn.

Season at a glance

Instructions for Correct Assembly by Thomas Eccleshare
Directed by Hamish Pirie
April 7 to May 19, with press performances on April 13 and 14

The Prudes by Anthony Neilson
Directed by Anthony Neilson
April 18 to June 2, with press performances on April 24 and 25

One for Sorrow by Cordelia Lynn
Directed by James Macdonald
June 20 to August 11, with press performances on June 26 and 27

Pity by Rory Mullarkey
Directed by Sam Pritchard
July 12 to August 11, with press performances on July 18 and 19

The Woods by Robert Alan Evans
Directed by Lucy Morrison
September 5 to October 13, with press performances September 11 and 12

Debris Stevenson commission, title to be confirmed
September 21 to October 6, with press performances on September 25

Ear for Eye by Debbie Tucker Green
Directed by Debbie Tucker Green
October 25 to November 24, with press performances on October 31 and November 1

Hole by Ellie Kendrick
Directed by Helen Goalen and Abbi Greenland
November 28 to January 12, with press performances December 4 and 5

The Cane by Mark Ravenhill
Directed by Vicky Featherstone
December 6 to January 26, with press performances on December 12 and 13