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 upstairs Bookshop is open from 11am to curtain at 7.45pm, Monday to Saturday. The bookshop is closed on Bank Holidays.
Contact our bookshop team on 020 7565 5024 or at email@example.com
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
Special Opening Hours and Closures
On the following dates, our main Bookshop on the first floor will close at the earlier time of 5.30pm and we will open a smaller bookstall in the downstairs Theatre Bar + Kitchen from 6.00pm until curtain:
28 November - Please note that on this date, the Bookstall will not be opening.
Events at the Bookshop
Free events with playwrights
We regularly run free events where we'll have a chat with a writer, offer the opportunity for audience members to ask questions about writing for the stage, and to get a copy of the playtext signed too. Events are free and you don't need a ticket to attend. Please sign up to our mailing list to hear about upcoming events.
At 6.30pm until 7.30pm on Friday 29 November, members of the public are invited to join Robert Whelan for the launch of his new book, Shakespeare Spelt Ruin.
Royal Court Play Texts from £4
Playtexts 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.View Collection (70)
You can find us at our new address: Samuel French Bookshop, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London SW1W 8AS.
The Royal Court is next to Sloane Square station (District and Circle lines) and the local area is serviced by several bus routes. The Royal Court is also a 15 minute walk from Victoria Bus, National Rail and Underground stations.