new-writing

Gaiety Theatre. Photo: Kevin Rothwell

A five-year project aimed at promoting new writing in professional and amateur theatre will launch in the Isle of Man this year. Theatrefest is a...

Playwright James Rushbrooke has won this year’s Papatango New Writing Prize. The award is presented to a production that has not previously been performed professionally....
Scene from Duncan Gates' More Fish in the Sea, part of The Miniaturists showcase

Formed in 2005, The Miniaturists is a showcase for, and a celebration of, the short play. Currently curated and produced by Declan Feenan and...
Bristol Old Vic. Photo: Philip Vile

Bristol Old Vic, the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and Newcastle’s Live Theatre are among five regional partners joining with Creative England to launch...

Playwrights Ross Dunsmore and Martin McCormick have won at the inaugural Scotland Short Play awards. They join Cameron Forbes and Emily Ashton as winners. All...

Arts company the Ashton Group has launched its third annual Finding Words playwriting competition for young people. In addition to a prize of £500, the winner...
Geoffrey Streatfeild and Samuel Barnett in The Beaux' Strategem. Photo: Manuel Harlan

There are fewer big openings in London this week because of the bank holiday though these include new shows at the Donmar and National. On...

London’s Arts Theatre is to begin a lunchtime programme of short plays in its new studio space. Lunchtime Theatre in the West End will take...
Holly Campbell, Celia Robertson, James Hornsby, Emma Hook, Suzan Sylvester and Geoff Leesley in The Flannelettes. Photo: Tristram Kenton

Richard Cameron’s new play attempts to combine the earnest treatment of serious social issues with some light-hearted musical pastiche. The various strands are each...

A 70-seat fringe theatre with a focus on new writing is to open in north London this month. Theatre N16 will be based above the...
St James Theatre in London. Photo: Agnese Sanvito

Emerging theatremakers will create short pieces of work in just 48 hours as part of a new initiative at London’s St James Theatre. The...
London's Royal Court Theatre. Photo: Stephen Cummiskey

Writers working for the Royal Court, the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company are to receive a 1.1% increase on minimum rates. The agreement,...
Antonia Fraser with Pinter Commission winner Molly Davies. Photo: Helen Murray

Playwright Molly Davies has been named as the recipient of this year’s Pinter Commission, becoming the first female playwright to accept the prize. The award,...
St James Theatre will host a public showcase of new musicals under a new scheme. Photo: Tom Cronin

A scheme aimed at nurturing original British musical theatre has been launched, which its organisers claim will “rejuvenate the industry”. Under Construction – Developing New...

Equity funds, new writing, acoustic answers and defending Davidson

Rory Mullarkey has won the 2014 Pinter Commission playwriting award, which sees a new work by the winner supported by London’s Royal Court Theatre. The...

Regional venues are no longer able to stage new and risky works to the same extent that they used to, Alan Ayckbourn has warned,...

Theatres should provide more free space for rehearsals and performances to help protect new writing, a survey of UK playwrights, directors and other practitioners...