London’s Royal Court Theatre has assembled quite an inaugural season for its new artistic director Vicky Featherstone. Tony winner Dennis Kelly, Abi Morgan and Jack Thorne will all make their Royal Court debuts, while the company’s new associate director Tony winner John Tiffany (Broadway’s Once, Macbeth, The Glass Menagerie) helms the pre-West End engagement of Let the Right One In.
The Jerwood Theatre Downstairs season kicks off with Matilda scribe Dennis Kelly’s The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas, running from September 2 through October 19. Directed by Featherstone, the dark morality tale charts Gorge’s greedy capitalist journey from the early '70s through the '90s.
Next up is Tiffany’s vampire play Let the Right One In. The National Theatre of Scotland and the Royal Court’s production is heading to the West End, but first it will play a limited engagement from November 29 through December 21. Jack Thorne adapts John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel and film about Oskar, a lonely bullied teenaged boy and Eli, a centuries-old vampire who befriends him.
Irish TV and stage actress Lisa Dwan kicks off 2014 by starring in Walter Asmus’ one-woman production of Samuel Beckett’s triology Not I/Footfalls/Rockaby. The plays run January 9 through January 18.
The Jerwood Downstairs wraps up with Abi Morgan’s new play The Mistress Contract. Featherstone also helms this play based on a real-life 30-year relationship between an American mistress and the married man she loved. The Mistress Contract runs January 30 through March 8.
The Jerwood Upstairs season includes Peckham: The Soap Opera (September 2 through September 14), New Plays From Chile (September 10 through September 14), Routes (September 20 through October 12), The Djinns of Eidgah (October 18 through November 9) and Gastronauts (November 21 through December 21).