On the 8th May 1956, John Osborne's 'Look Back In Anger' opened at the Royal Court on Sloane Square. Unfortunately for the theare and the playwright ' Look Back In Anger' opened to empty houses and terrible reviews. Yet, today it is considered as the play which marks the beginning of modern British drama. Throughout the 1960s the Royal Court Theatre regularly came into conflict with the Lord Chamberlain office, which was the official censor for the London stage. Three plays that the theatre wished to put on, were refused a license to be performed at all. It was these battles that led to the abolition of the Lord Chamberlain office in 1968.
The Royal Court is Britain's first national theatre company, and considers itself to be a writers theatre. The plays that are usually performed at the theatre push back the boundaries than was at first considered acceptable. But it is also a theatre that encourages new writers from all parts of society to find their voice.