Have you written a play? Do you live in the North West? Our Script Window opens twice a year and gives us the opportunity to discover new voices, new stories and new playwrights.

During our Script Window, we welcome work by playwrights who demonstrate the skill and ambition to rise to the challenge of writing for our unique spaces. We aim to build long-term, supportive relationships with our new writers and invest in their talent. While it is very unlikely that a script sent during our Script Window will receive a full production at the Theatre, it could mark the start of a longer conversation and journey for both of us. For more information on some of the things that our readers may consider, click here.

 The 2016 window for unsolicited scripts this year will be 1 October – 31 October 2016.

If you live in the North West and would like to submit a script during our Script Window, please Read our Guidelines.

We endeavour to give each script the dedicated time and attention it deserves. Our aim is to respond within 16 weeks. If you have not heard from us in this time please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please DO NOT contact the theatre directly as we cannot enter into a dialogue regarding where your script is in the process.

Thank you for submitting your script to the Royal Exchange Theatre.

Please note:  

  • If you send us a hard copy script outside of the script window, we will not be able to return this to you. 
  • We cannot accept scripts from writers that have already submitted during the 2016 script window.