Royal Court Theatre

Jerwood New Playwrights

The Royal Court is the leading national theatre dedicated to new writing from innovate British playwrights and has a reputation for presenting urgent and timely work. Jerwood New Playwrights is a longstanding partnership between Jerwood Arts and the Royal Court which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2019. Discovering and supporting the next generation of world class playwrights

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Each year, Jerwood New Playwrights supports the production of three new works by emerging writers, all of whom are in the first 10 years of their career. The Royal Court carefully identifies playwrights whose careers would benefit from the challenge and profile of being fully produced either in the Jerwood Downstairs or Jerwood Upstairs Theatres at the Royal Court.

The programme has produced a collection of challenging and outspoken works which explore a variety of new forms and voices. It is rooted in the Royal Court’s desire to create a more sustainable culture for new writers. Jerwood New Playwrights has been instrumental in discovering and supporting some of the most important playwrights of our time, from Sarah Kane to David Greig and Mark Ravenhill to Ayub Khan Din.

The 2019 Jerwood New Playwrights announced so far are: Jasmine Lee-Jones, Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner; and Eve Leigh, Midnight Movie.

The Royal Court, Lela& Co. by Jerwood New Playwright Cordelia Lynn. Pictured: Katie West, David Mumeni. Image: Helen Maybanks