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Pay boost for writers at the National, Royal Court and Royal Shakespeare Company

National Theatre. Photo: Philip Vile National Theatre. Photo: Philip Vile
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Writers creating work for the Royal Court, the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company are to see their minimum fees boosted by 1.5%.

It means the rates for a full-length play are now £12,742, up from £12,554. However, plays written for the Royal Court Upstairs will have new minimum rates of £9,973, up from £9,825.

The rates have been negotiated by the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain under its TNC agreement, which covers the three organisations.

The rise is backdated to April 1.

WGGB general secretary Ellie Peers said: “Our national agreements in theatre mean playwrights working for these three major theatres – as well as those working under our ITC and UK Theatre agreements – benefit from regular uplifts in minimum fees.”

She added: “The creative industry is worth more than £92 billion a year to the UK economy and it is only right that playwrights receive credit and proper remuneration for their contribution.”