Playwright Sarah Hanly has won the 2019 Pinter Commission, which will support her to write a new play at London’s Royal Court Theatre.
Now in its eight year, the Pinter Commission is given annually by Antonia Fraser, Pinter’s widow. Previous recipients include Alistair McDowall, Cordelia Lynn and Nick Payne.
Hanly said: “I feel very grateful and extremely humbled to be awarded the Pinter Commission. This is a career-changing opportunity for me and I hope to write a play worthy of the Royal Court’s renowned reputation and that honours such a prolific playwright as Harold Pinter. As an emerging playwright, it is a blessing to be building a relationship with the Royal Court.”
Artistic director Vicky Featherstone described the award as a way of giving a “concrete form to Harold’s enduring presence in our theatre and influence on succeeding generations of playwrights”.
She described Hanly as a writer of “extraordinary potential”.