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2% pay rise for writers at Royal Court, National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company

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Writers working for the Royal Court, the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company will see their minimum rates of pay increase by 2% under a new deal.

The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain’s theatre negotiators secured the increase for those on the TNC agreement, which covers the three venues.

It means the minimum rate for a full-length play at each of the venues rises from £12,742 to £12,997, except for the Royal Court Upstairs, where a rate for a full length play rises from £9,973 to £10,172.

The increases are backdated to April 1, 2019.

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. The creative industry is worth more than £101 billion a year to the UK economy and it is only right that writers receive credit and proper remuneration for their contribution.”

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