With over 200 premieres and a string of awards, we continue to cement our place as a centre of excellence for new writing and support for playwrights.

The Royal Exchange Theatre has a rich history of supporting, developing and producing new work by playwrights at various stages of their journey as artists. We have an ambitious and diverse programme of new work and a variety of ways in which we support playwrights – the work on our stages is only a small percentage of the work we do to engage with and support artists. We endeavour to support artistic risk and are dedicated to reimagining the relationship a producing theatre has with its audiences and artists.

Our aim is to develop and produce the best new plays and work for our stages from exciting and diverse voices. We commission a range of projects from some of the UK’s most exceptional artists, creating ambitious new work as well as vibrant new adaptations and translations of classics through which we strive to re-envisage our relationship to that work.

New writing produced at the Royal Exchange Theatre is being seen by more people than ever before. We work in partnership with a range of organisations to bring new work to life, to engage audiences across the UK and beyond.  The B!RTH Project commissioned female playwrights from USA, Kenya, India, China, UK, Brazil and Syria to explore global health inequalities through the lens of childbirth in their nation. In addition to being featured at the Women of the World Festival at the South Bank, the work has gone on to be performed in 15 countries across the globe, was presented at the World Health Organisation in Geneva and now plays a part in midwifery training in universities across the UK and US.