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Another hit for the Royal Court

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Will Gompertz | 13:01 UK time, Tuesday, 14 September 2010

The Royal Court in London is currently presenting Clybourne Park, a play by Bruce Norris, an American writer who had a hit at the same venue with the same director (the Royal Court's artistic director, Dominic Cooke) in 2007 with his play The Pain and the Itch. Clybourne Park is an excellent play that has been superbly produced as these reviews testify (Telegraph, What's On Stage, The Stage, Guardian, Evening Standard, Financial Times).

Not surprisingly given the length of the run, the size of the venue and the quality of the production, the show has sold out. But don't despair. I understand that the Royal Court is very close to completing discussions with commercial producers to take the show into the West End.

It will follow the successful West End transfers of Jerusalem, Enron and That Face, all of which occurred under the artistic eye of Dominic Cooke. The extra money that these transfers generate for the theatre help support their Young Writers Programme; a course for new talent about which I made a film for Newsnight recently.

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