The Royal Court Theatre is situated on Sloane Square at the northern end of King’s Road, just to the right of Sloane Square underground as you exit the station which is on the District and Circle lines.
If you are arriving by car you can be dropped off directly outside the Theatre. There is no parking at the theatre, but there is some on-street parking in the locality after 6.30pm. The nearest Blue Badge parking is on Sloane Terrace with a parking duration of 4 hours.
Bus numbers 11, 19, 22, 137, 211, 319, 360 and C1 all run to and from Sloane Square.
The main entrance into the building is at the front which faces Sloane Square. From the pavement, it’s up four steps leading to glass entrance doors. The doors open towards you. Inside the narrow main entrance foyer, the box office is directly in front of you, just a few steps away.
There is a level access entrance to the theatre through an easy open glass door to the right of the main entrance, at the side of the building. Once inside, you will find a lift to your right. The Box Office is in the main foyer up one level in the lift or up four steps.
The lift takes you to all four public levels of the building and the two theatre spaces – these are known as The Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, which is the main house, and The Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, which is a studio theatre.
Inside the lift the buttons are marked as follows:
B takes you down to the basement where you will find the Stalls seating for the ‘Jerwood Theatre Downstairs’ and also the Bar & Kitchen, and the cloakroom.
G is the ground floor, for the main entrance foyer, the Box Office, and Circle seating for the ‘Jerwood Theatre Downstairs’.
LG is for the side entrance of the building with level access.
1 is for the ‘Jerwood Theatre Downstairs’ Balcony seating and the Samuel French Bookshop, and 4 for the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs.
The lift is fitted with a voice commentary. Please note that the lift will not access floor four for the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs until the auditorium is ready and the house is open to the public. You may prefer to wait in the Balcony on floor one but should check with theatre staff if it is open at the time of your visit. Theatre staff will be on hand to assist.
You can collect your headset from the cloakroom down in the basement. If you are not using the lift, the stairs going down are to the front right of the foyer as you enter by the main doors. There is one metal stud on the handrail at this level. If you would like to listen to the introductory notes, you should collect your headset in good time to take your seat 15 minutes before the start of the performance. Braille and large print cast sheets will also be available – please ask a member of staff.
Down in the basement level you will also find the toilets, as well as the access to the stalls seating for the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs. There is an accessible toilet on this level. From the basement a further flight of eleven steps takes you down to the Bar & Kitchen. Two metal studs mark the handrail at this level.
If you do not wish to take the lift up to the upper levels, there’s a staircase in the back right corner of the foyer. There are 16 steps up to the balcony level and the Samuel French bookshop. The handrail for this level has one stud. A further 6 flights, with four studs on the handrail, take you up to level 4 and the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs.
There’s a third staircase to the left of the foyer which also takes you up to the balcony level.
Please note that the entrance foyer is small and becomes very crowded before the performance. Also, take care if it has been raining, as the floor can become rather slippery.
The Mainhouse – The Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
The mainhouse theatre auditorium is Victorian in origin but has been rebuilt and refurbished. It’s an intimate horseshoe shape, seating four hundred people on Stalls, Circle and Balcony levels. It retains many of its traditional Victorian features but with progressive elements combined. Steel support girders are exposed and walls have been stripped back to reveal red brick and old pipe work giving the appearance of work still in progress. The feeling of intimacy is completed by seats upholstered in tan brown leather.
If you’re sitting in Stalls seats there are two entrances to the auditorium from the basement level. For seats one to eleven use the door to the right. For seats twelve to twenty use the door to the left. These doors bring you in at the back of the auditorium. The aisles slope down towards the stage and there are handrails against the walls. Please be careful if using the handrail to the right as towards the front of the auditorium there’s a break in it for a fire exit.
The Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
The Jerwood Theatre Upstairs is a studio theatre at the very top of the building, in its attic space. The auditorium is a large black box, seating up to 100 people. The seating layout changes with each production.
The seating is on low-backed benches covered in canvas with tan brown leather trim. They were designed to look like battered old suitcases that one might find abandoned in an attic space.
Please note that this information has been supplied by the venue and although every effort has been made to check details, you may still have some queries. In this case, we would ask you to contact the theatre direct for clarification.
Useful information and contact numbers
At the Royal Court guide and assistance dogs are welcome in the auditorium. Or they can be looked after by theatre staff during the performance, if you prefer. If you are bringing a Guide Dog, or if you have any queries, please contact the duty house manager in advance on 020 7565 5050.
The Theatre’s Bar & Kitchen serves food from 12pm to 8pm, Monday to Saturday, with bar snacks available throughout the day. Drinks are served from 11am till late, Monday to Friday and 12 noon till late on Saturday. Booking is essential for pre-show dining. To make a reservation contact the Bar & Kitchen at [email protected] or on 020 7565 5050.
The Samuel French bookshop is open from11am to 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday. After the main shop closes, there will be a smaller bookstall in the bar area on the lower ground floor from 6pm to showtime on nights when performances are taking place.