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At the Royal Exchange Theatre we are passionate about new writing and forge relationships with playwrights throughout their careers. We believe that new writing should reflect and respond to the contemporary world. At its best it articulates the questions and provocations at the heart of today’s society.

Work comes to us in a variety of ways – either from a writer with whom we have already forged a relationship, through literary agents or other theatres, producers or directors. Writers are also introduced to us through workshops, education and community programmes, and our work with universities. We also believe that the unsolicited script submission is a vital way for writers to engage with us whose work might not reach us in other ways. We have a dedicated team of trained readers who have experience in theatre and new writing as well as an in-depth knowledge of our work. We aim to give each script the dedicated time and attention it deserves and, to this end, it is our policy to receive unsolicited scripts through a series of focused windows throughout the year.

The Script Window is now closed and we are unable to accept unsolicited scripts at this time.

Please ensure you understand the theatre’s artistic vision and remit and consider whether your work fits in with the values and ethos of the Royal Exchange, work that is surprising, challenging, engaging, relevant and ambitious enough in character, story, form, structure and theatricality to fill our unique spaces and communicate with our audiences. While it is hard to pinpoint what we look for in a script, a stronger sense of the work we do (either through attending our productions or reading our work) will enable you to consider more knowledgably whether your work will find the right home at the Royal Exchange Theatre.

As an introduction to the theatre, please consider whether this is the best example of your work at this stage of your development as a playwright. Only send your script to us when it is ready and the formatting is clear.

If you are thinking of sending us a play, please ensure you read the following guidelines before submitting your work to the Royal Exchange Theatre.

- Please include a cast list and any potential doubling.

- Make sure the pages are numbered.

- Following the success of the anonymous script submission for the Bruntwood Prize, please remove your name and contact details from the script attachment. The reader will then read your script as an anonymous submission.

- Please mark the subject line “Script Submission”

- As the script will be anonymous, please include the following in the body of the e-mail to be read solely by the New Writing Associate: your name, postal address, contact number and e-mail address.

- Please write a short paragraph about yourself and your experience to date.

- Please include a short paragraph about what the play is about for you, what has driven you to write this play or what is the question you wish to pose and explore at the heart of the play (not a synopsis).
- Please note that the Royal Exchange Theatre is not able to consider the following scripts: radio, television and film scripts, novels and poetry, adaptations unless you have already secured the rights, synopsis only submissions

We will offer some form of feedback on your script. The aim of this feedback is to suggest where the play impressed or intrigued us and where we feel there may be potential to explore further. This isn’t intended as a set of notes for a next draft or instructions on how to write the play more successfully but more a series of provocations and questions to hopefully enable you to write the play you want to write. If you do not wish to receive this feedback, please state in your e-mail.


For more information on some of the things that our readers may consider, click here 

We would also recommend that you check out our Bruntwood Prize website which has a wealth of resources and insights from experienced playwrights that may be useful for you to consider before submitting your play to the Royal Exchange Theatre. These can be found at www.writeaplay.co.uk

Completing this draft of your play and sending it to a theatre is a major achievement and something of which to be proud. However, it is only the beginning of the journey.

Each year, the Royal Exchange Theatre produces, on average, 8 / 9 productions in our Theatre and 3 / 4 productions in our Studio. This is a range of classics, new plays, new translations and new adaptations and we engage with writers across a variety of forms. Like most large-scale and regional theatres, we will plan far in advance.

In addition to looking for scripts which may be suited to our spaces, we are also looking for playwrights who we believe have the skill and ambition to rise to the challenge of writing for our theatres and with whom we can create a long-term supportive relationship and investment.


Pictures (from top, left to right): Winterlong, The Adoption Papers, Salt, Monster, Christmas Is Miles Away.