The Samuel French Bookshop at the Royal Court Theatre

The much-loved Samuel French Bookshop is now open for business in a new home at the Royal Court Theatre.

For nearly two hundred years, Samuel French has been a haven for theatre lovers and theatre makers in London, stocking a huge range of plays and theatre books, and offering expert advice.

Now, the bookshop is reborn and reimagined at the Royal Court, one of the most important centres of new writing in British theatre. It occupies the beautiful Balcony Bar on the first floor. Simon - our shop manager from the store on Fitzroy Street for thirty years - is again on hand to help and answer questions. The shop is a friendly place to browse and read, enjoy a coffee and take part in live events with playwrights.

At the heart of a wide range of plays and theatre books is our unrivalled selection of Royal Court Play Texts.  Scripts for current productions sell for just £4.00, and for many past productions at only £5.00, while stocks last, both in store and online.  You won't find these amazing prices anywhere else!  Scroll down or click here to browse the Royal Court range now.

The main shop is open from 11am to 5:30pm, Monday to Saturday, and there's a smaller bookstall in the bar area on the lower ground floor which opens from 6pm to showtime on nights when performances are taking place. The bookshop is closed on Bank Holidays.

Contact our bookshop team on 020 7565 5024 or at

We look forward to welcoming back customers and friends from the old bookshop, and meeting many more theatre lovers in our new home.

Photo: Helen Murray

Author Q&As

Free events with playwrights at our Bookshop

Join us for a chat with a playwright, the opportunity to ask your questions about writing for the stage, and have your playtext signed too. Events are free and you don't need a ticket to attend. Upcoming event dates include:

6.30pm on 18 December - Free book signing with Mark Ravenhill (The Cane, Shopping and F**king, Handbag)

6.30pm on 10 January - Free Q&A with actor and writer Ellie Kendrick (Hole)

Royal Court Play Texts

Play texts for Royal Court productions past and present can be purchased both in store and from our online shop, many for just £5.00 while stocks last.

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