Letter: Royal Court concern

Sir: Ian Rickson and Stephen Daldry in their reply (Review, 21 May) to David Benedict's article "Shopping and Funding" (Review, 19 May) suggested that the reporter should have spoken to more than two playwrights.

In fact over 30 playwrights were concerned about the Jerwood sponsorship and asked Lisa Forrell to act on our behalf. Ian Rickson has met us and promised that his choice of plays will not be influenced by the Royal Court sponsorship contract.

We fully support him and his position and sincerely hope that the Royal Court will maintain its independence.

MARTIN CRIM, ROY WILLIAMS, LUCINDA COXON, CARYL CHURCHILL, MARK RAVENHILL, KEVIN ELYOT, REBECCA PRICHARD, PHYLLIS NAGY, JUDY UPTON, ROBIN HOOPER, CHE WALKER, TIMBERLAKE WERTENBAKER, MARTIN SHERMAN, PAUL GODFREY, DAVID ELRIDGE, NICOLA BALDWIN, MEREDITH OAKES, PETER GILL, MICHAEL WYNNE, SARAH DANIELS, AYUB KHAN DIN

Royal Court playwrights

London WC2

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