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The Royal Exchange Theatre is one of the UKs leading producing theatres. We place new writing and the development of talent at the heart of our work and attract some of the most original artists and theatre makers to present high quality classics and new work to entertain, provoke and inspire. We are home to two performance spaces in our iconic building in the heart of Manchester: a unique 760-seat glass and steel in-the-round theatre and a 90-seat flexible studio space. We produce up to twelve shows a year, some of which are shown off-site in other venues and spaces across the country.

During the last ten years we have produced over 50 new plays across both our spaces and worked with a huge range of writers at different stages in their careers including Simon Stephens, Vivienne Franzmann, Matthew Dunster, Chloe Moss and Duncan MacMillan.

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting is the biggest national competition for playwriting. It is the search for great new plays and great writers.

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting began in 2005. Since then, 11 writers have been awarded a total of £120,000, there have been eight full productions and well over 7000 entries generated by the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting.

For aspiring playwrights to established masters of the art, the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting discovers, promotes and produces the very best new writing for theatre. A joint venture between the Royal Exchange Theatre and Bruntwood, the Manchester-based property company, the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting is unrivalled in its support for playwrights. For more details, please visit www.writeaplay.co.uk

To find out about our script reading policy click here.

For a list of our past productions and our recent involvement with writers,
click here.

To see highlights from our commissions and co-productions of recent years for younger audiences
click here

For details of our current programme of workshops and events, please click here. 

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New Writing Associate - Suzanne Bell - literary@royalexchange.co.uk

Pictures (from top, left to right): The Cracks in My Skin, Pretend You Have Big Buildings, On the Shore of the Wide World, Across Oka, Haunted, On the Shore of the Wide World, Mogadishu.