The Royal Court is a leading force in world theatre, producing new plays of the highest quality, encouraging writers across society, and addressing the problems and possibilities of our time.

As Britain's first national theatre company, The Royal Court have held firm to their vision of being a writers' theatre. Their plays have challenged the artistic, social and political orthodoxy of the day, pushing back the boundaries of what was possible or acceptable.

Dedicated to new work by innovative writers from the UK and around the world, the theatre's pivotal role in promoting new voices is undisputed - the New York Times described it as "the most important theatre in Europe".

The Young People's Theatre was set up in 1966 to develop and produce the best new writing by young people under 25, encouraging writers from all sections of society to find their voice. This led to the first Young Writers Festival in 1973, which is now a regular event.