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Writers’ Guild secures 2% fee increase for playwrights

The new rates for playwrights will be backdated to May 1, 2016. Photo: Shutterstock
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Playwrights working in theatres across the UK are to receive a 2% increase on minimum fees, thanks to a new rate negotiated by the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain.

According to the new UK Theatre rate card, writers will receive a minimum of £9,259 for a full-length play at a large subsidised theatre. This compares with the previous rate of £9,077.

The theatres covered in this grade include the Almeida, the Royal Exchange, Curve, Chichester Festival Theatre and Bristol Old Vic.

There are two categories of smaller UK Theatre organisations covered as part of the agreement, with the smallest band now required to pay commissioned writers a minimum fee of £6,611, up form £6,481.

The new rates, which were also negotiated by the Scottish Society of Playwrights and the Personal Managers’ Association alongside the Writers’ Guild, will be backdated to May 1, 2016.

The 2% increase also covers non-commissioned plays, and daily fees for attending rehearsals, which for the largest UK Theatre member venues are now a minimum of £65.05 per day, and £57.06 and £52.47 for the two smaller bands.

WGGB acting general secretary Ellie Peers said she was “extremely pleased” about the 2% increase secured for minimum fees.

“UK playwrights deserve it. We have been having really positive negotiations with UK Theatre and will continue to work with them to ensure that the collective agreement is relevant and future proof,” she said.