Butterworth's play, titled The Ferryman, is set in Northern Ireland during the 1981 hunger strikes and runs from 24 April to 20 May 2017. It is co-produced by Sonia Friedman, who was also involved with Butterworth's previous Royal Court hits Jerusalem and The River.
It's preceded in the Theatre Downstairs by Simon McBurney's new production The Kid Stays in the Picture, based on the memoir of film producer Robert Evans. Produced in association with Complicite, it will run from 7 March to 8 April.
Other highlights of the season include Alice Birch's first full length original play Anatomy of a Suicide (3 June-July), directed by Katie Mitchell. And Jim Cartwright's 1986 play Road (21 July-9 September) will be directed in a new production by Royal Court associate John Tiffany, who recently helmed Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
'This is the Royal Court at its best' (Vicky Featherstone)
Opening the season in the Theatre Upstairs will be debbie tucker green's A Profoundly Affectionate, Passionate Devotion to Someone (-Noun), running from 28 February to 1 April. It's followed by Simon Stephens' new play Nuclear War which will be directed by choreographer Imogen Knight and run from 19 April to 6 May 2017.
The Upstairs also hosts the transfer of Royal Court commission Manwatching (10-20 May 2017). Written by an anonymous woman, it was first presented by the Royal Court in the Paines Plough Roundabout at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2015.
It's followed by Gary Owen's Killology, directed by Rachel O'Riordan in a co-production with the Sherman Theatre, from 25 May to 24 June 2017.
The season rounds off in the Autumn (dates tbc) with productions of Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón's B, directed by Sam Pritchard, and Chris Thorpe's Victory Condition directed by Royal Court artistic director Vicky Featherstone.
Announcing the season today, Featherstone said: "I am humbled and thrilled to be announcing such a varied and exciting mixture of work from playwrights and theatre-makers at the top of their game, pushing the limits of their potential to challenge, surprise and provoke us.
"This is the Royal Court at its best - a place for attracting some of the great playwrights and theatre-makers of our times to experiment and take risks to give us, the audience, the most extraordinary experiences possible."
Tickets for the new season go on sale to Royal Court members on 2 November 2016 and to the general public on 4 November.Back to news