UK – London – Royal Court Theatre

Dates:
New Court Theatre: 1888 – 1952
Royal Court Theatre: 1956 – present

Official website: https://royalcourttheatre.com

Theatre Downstairs – The main proscenium arch theatre space, currently 400 seats, opened in 1952.

Theatre Upstairs – Opened in 1969 as a 63 seat venue 

History:

  • 1888 September 24th – The present building first opened, as the New Court Theatre. Designed by Walter Eden and Bertie Crewe. Capacity was 841 in the stalls, dress circle, amphitheatre and gallery. 
  • 1932 – 1940: Used as a cinema, before World War II bomb damage closed the building. 
  • 1952: Theatre reconstructed by Robert Cromie, and the number of seats was reduced to under 500. It reopened in 1952. 
  • 1956: Don’t Look Back in Anger by John Osborne, the third production of the English Stage Company.
  • 1995: Threatened with closure. £16.2 million awarded from the National Lottery to redevelop the building and all facilities. Work began on 24 March 1996. 

Artistic Directors:

  • George Devine (1952 – ?) The English Stage Company began at the Royal Court in 1956.
  • William Gaskill (1965 – 1972)
  • Robert Kidd & Nicholas Wright (1975 – 1977)
  • Max Stafford-Clarke (1979 – 1993)
  • Stuart Burge
  • Lindsay Anderson
  • Anthony Page
  • Ian Rickson (1998 – 2006)
  • Dominic Cooke (2007 – 2012)
  • Vicky Featherstone (2013 – )

Equipment

1971 (from The Stage Guide)
Electrics: Strand SP60 board in rear of Upper Circle. Dimmers – 60 (58 x 2kW and 2 x 5kW); 3 presets; 2 groups. Circuits – FOH 23; Flies 31; Stage dips 6. Socket type – 15A BESA. Total capacity available – 500A on 3 phases. Special effects supply – 60A on 1 phase. 
Sound: Console in rear of Upper Circle. 2 amplifiers x 120W. 2 tape decks. No turntables. No mic sockets. 10 loudspeakers. 

Archive equipment related to Royal Court Theatre over the years

  • SP Series (Strand)
  • Mentions of Royal Court Theatre in indexed journals

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