Samuel French UK announced today that it will re-open a theatre bookshop in London in partnership with the Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Square. The Bookshop will be located in the theatre’s Balcony Bar and will officially open on March 5, 2018.
Douglas Schatz, Managing Director of Samuel French UK said: “We are thrilled to reopen a bookshop in London, especially at the iconic Royal Court Theatre. When we closed our shop in Fitzroy Street last year, we were overwhelmed by messages of support. We look forward to welcoming back customers and friends from the old bookshop and meeting many more theatre lovers in our new home.”
The Royal Court Theatre has been a centre for new British playwrighting for more than 60 years. Lucy Davies, Executive Producer at the Royal Court said today: “This is a thrilling and significant new partnership, which allows us to re-imagine and share the loveliest public space in our building – our Balcony Bar – giving audiences, readers and writers a very special new resource. We are delighted that Samuel French’s legendary bookshop can move into a new era with us here in Sloane Square.”
Customers will be able to browse and read play texts in the bookshop, as well as enjoy a coffee and meet playwrights at author events. The shop will be open Monday through Saturday from 11am-5:30pm. On nights when Royal Court performances are taking place, a smaller bookstall will be open on the lower ground floor from 6pm to curtain.
The new Bookshop has been designed by Haworth Tompkins, who oversaw the redevelopment of the theatre in 2000, and Citizens Design Bureau, who worked on the refurbishment of the theatre’s Bar and Kitchen three years ago.