The Royal Court Theatre returns to its previous West End home, the Duke of York’s Theatre, with JUMPY one of the biggest hits in its history. Ambassador Theatre Group joins forces with Royal Court Theatre Productions to present this 2012 West End season.
Following the recent Jerusalem and Clybourne Park, the Royal Court returns to the West End with another play by a British writer: Jumpy by April De Angelis. Taking on class, gender and age, this contemporary production, from a female writer-director team, investigates the world we're living in and is shockingly funny. JUMPY from tonight, 16th of August to the 3rd of November, 2012.
Ambassador Theatre Group’s Duke of York’s Theatre was home for the Royal Court for more than three years when its Sloane Square base closed for a major refurbishment project, a residency that led to the Olivier award winning extended West End run of The Weir. The Royal Court and ATG also presented a season of Royal Court Classics, celebrating some of the Court’s best writing and talent the Duke of York’s. Now ATG and the Court team up again to bring two plays from Artistic Director Dominic Cooke’s tenure to the heart of the West End.
The Royal Court is a leading force in world theatre, finding and producing new plays that are original, contemporary and challenging. This summer the Royal Court will be simultaneously producing work at its home in Sloane Square, in the West End, New York with an off Broadway production of Cock by Mike Bartlett as well as the next Theatre Local season. Posh played to 100% capacity at the Royal Court and remains one of the highest-grossing shows ever to play in the theatre. Jumpy sold-out within a record-breaking four days after opening night.
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.”