After selling out at the Royal Court, Posh by Laura Wade was one of their highest-grossing productions ever and Jumpy by April De Angelis starring Tamsin Greig sold out within a record breaking four days. Now the two hits transfer to the West End at the Duke of Yorks Theatre . Posh will run from 11 May to 4 August and Jumpy from 16 August to 3 November.
It's home from home for the Royal Court at the Duke of Yorks, as the theatre was their place of residence in the West End for more than 3 years of productions including The Weir during the refurbishment of their Sloane Square base.
Artistic Director of the Royal Court Dominic Cooke said: “As the world focuses its attention on London for the Olympics, it’s a great moment for the Royal Court to mark its groundbreaking contribution to British culture, and the leading role British playwrights take in theatre across the world, with a season in the West End. It's especially exciting for us to return to the Duke of York’s which was the Royal Court’s home in the West End while our Sloane Square base was being rebuilt in the late 90's. And we couldn’t be happier to be working again with one of the country’s most vibrant commercial theatre companies, ATG.
"For over 50 years, the Royal Court has presented new plays that aim to break new ground artistically and challenge perceptions about the world we live in. Laura Wade’s Posh and April De Angelis’s Jumpy are two recent examples, plays that touched a real nerve with our audiences in Sloane Square. With wit, passion and originality, these plays ask searching questions about who we are in Britain today, about the relationship we have to our traditions and the forces that shape our lives. 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. I hope these bold new plays will offer something fresh to the West End at this unique point in London’s history.”
Howard Panter Joint CEO and Creative Director of Ambassador Theatre Group added: “It is marvellous to join forces with the new writing powerhouse that is the Royal Court Theatre. With Dominic Cooke at the artistic helm the Royal Court has been responsible for some of the best theatre that has ever been produced in the UK, and under his inspired leadership the Court has enjoyed a golden period. As both productions completely sold out at the Court, we are thrilled to be able to present two of its biggest successes to the public this summer. Presenting a West End season allows these shows to reach a wider audience that they both richly deserve, and through our partnership we are able to celebrate the exciting work happening at the Court and support and encourage a fantastic up-and-coming generation of great theatre makers. What better way to celebrate Britain in 2012, the Olympic year, than with the best of British theatre back in its West End home.”
Don't miss out on one of the theatrical events of this summer.
Tickets on sale soon!
[posted by Louise, 15/03/2012]