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Royal Court announces year-long programme including Caryl Churchill triple bill

Caryl Churchill. Photo: Marc Brenner Caryl Churchill. Photo: Marc Brenner
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A triple bill of plays by Caryl Churchill will run in the Royal Court Theatre’s latest season, which also features work by designer Chloe Lamford and playwright Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti.

Artistic director at the theatre Vicky Featherstone has announced a year-long programme at the theatre, running from September to August 2020. Read a Q&A with Featherstone about her new season here.

The autumn and winter season includes Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. which are three plays by Caryl Churchill, directed by James Macdonald. The plays will run from September 18 to October 12.

Other highlights include Tim Crouch’s Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation, co-commissioned and produced with the National Theatre of Scotland, and A History of Water in the Middle East, which is written and performed by Sabrina Mahfouz and directed by Stef O’Driscoll.

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Eve Leigh’s Midnight Movie, which is directed by Rachel Bagshaw, Kaur Bhatti’s A Kind of People and Debris Stevenson’s Poet in da Corner, directed by Ola Ince, also feature.

The theatre’s spring/summer season 2020 will begin with Open Court: Climate Emergency, which is a season of work taking place throughout the venue curated by the writers in response to climate change.

As part of the season, Featherstone will direct EV Crowe’s Shoe Lady and The Glow by Alistair McDowall.

Designer Lamford will co-create a show with Dutch singer Wende, composer Isobel Waller-Bridge and choreographer Imogen Knight. Is in Our Blood – The Song Project, which has words by Crowe, Mahfouz, Somalia Seaton, Stef Smith and Debris Stevenson, runs from May 7 to 16, 2020.

Other highlights in the spring/summer programme 2020 include American playwright Aleshea Harris’ Is God Is, directed by Ince, and Sami Ibrahim’s Two Palestinians Go Dogging, which was the winner of Theatre Uncut’s inaugural political playwriting prize.

Featherstone said: “It is a privilege to be able to announce a whole year’s worth of work at the Royal Court and is testament to writers, both experienced and brand new to us that we have such an extraordinary range of voices, experiences, stories and provocations to put in front of our audiences.

“I am constantly overwhelmed by our hunger and capacity for story – the human need to make sense of the world in which we live and our openness to be surprised and enlightened by it. This year attempts to reflect that from the intensely private to the global stories of our times.”

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