The Royal Court Theatre was founded in 1871 with the aim of promoting contemporary theatre. Over the last 20 years, the International Playwrights Programme has encouraged emerging writers from around the world to address themes considered to be important in their societies. Spanning over 70 countries and 40 languages, writers have been inspired to write new and provocative plays that respond to the changing world, creating works that are unique to our time.

As a result of this programme, many playwrights and international theatre productions have been invited to London to continue working and on occasion producing.