New Writing

We are committed to supporting the development of new works.

One of the region’s largest producers of theatre, Liverpool’s Royal Court has a focus on new writing.

The theatre began producing shows in 2006, and quite quickly developed its own house style. In the early years the programming was a mix of established and commissioned plays but since 2017 all of our work has been written for the Royal Court. That is 100 percent new writing on the main stage for more than five years!

As well as our main house works, the 150 seat Studio space is a great place to develop new plays and we commission three new pieces each year.

We are committed to supporting the development of new works and new writers whether for the Royal Court audience or not. With this in mind we have developed the following writing programmes. As access is an important part of the way we work, all of these initiatives are free to access except for the entry fee for the Hope Playwriting Prize (which covers the administration costs) .

Find out more about our new writing programmes here:

Stage Write Nights

Our bi-monthly script in hand readings of new works. Each evening excerpts of several pieces are chosen to be performed by professional actors, working with a professional director.

Stage Write Playwright Development Programme

The annual course that is free for writers. The selected participants attend fortnightly sessions for nine months and finish the course with a completed full-length script.

Commissioning

If you are a professional writer and have a script or an idea that you think would work for the Royal Court and you would like to discuss it with us, this is the place for you.

Word Nerds

Our young writers group that has been developed by our Youth Theatre members. Free to all.

Whats's on?

Come Together 15 Mar 2024 - 06 Apr 2024

Join us for an unforgettable evening of the music of John Lennon and Paul McCartney in this stunning concert p

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Stephen Bailey – CRASS 21 Mar 2024 - 25 May 2024

Star of BBC’s Live at the Apollo & Would I Lie To You?, comedian and TV’s Stephen Bailey makes a ve

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Boys From The Blackstuff 19 Apr 2024 - 11 May 2024

Alan Bleasdale’s BOYS FROM THE BLACKSTUFF by James Graham Gizza job. Go on, gizzit, go ‘head, giz

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Variety Film Club: The Beverley Hillbillies (1994) 13 Jun 2024

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180⁰ Chord 23 Mar 2024

Following its highly successful tour in 2022, Chris Leicester’s new play, 180⁰ Chord tours again in 2024. It&

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Alison Spittle – Soup 24 May 2024

Comedian du jour Alison Spittle is simmering with jokes and probably rage, she doesn't know what the burning s

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Paul Foot – Dissolve 22 Mar 2024

Life is a stress: full of rushed breakfasts, angry people, internal conflict, and Jacob Rees-Mogg. But what happens

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Variety Lunch Club 27 Mar 2024 - 05 Jun 2024

The Royal Court Variety Lunch Club runs throughout the year on Wednesday afternoons in the main theatre and is open

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Haunted Scouse 05 Mar 2024 - 09 Mar 2024

Charlie Moon is sadly missed and his widow, Molly, is the one doing most of the missing. She feels guilty about how

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The Giant Killers 11 Jul 2024 - 13 Jul 2024

The inspiring true story of football’s greatest ever underdogs. Set in the early years of Association Footbal

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Simon Munnery’s Jerusalem 20 Mar 2024

‘One of the all time great British stand-ups’ (Stewart Lee) performs a truly unique stand-up show. Usin

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The Netherley Hillbillies 24 May 2024 - 22 Jun 2024

Come listen to a story 'bout a man name Jed, Found it really hard to keep a roof over his head Then

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Beyond A Joke 18 Apr 2024

Back the budding comics standing up for charity. Have you heard the one about the gutsy amateurs taking tips from t

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Boss New Plays 19 Apr 2024 - 20 Apr 2024

Liverpool’s Lantern Writers have been working steadily with the best of the city’s acting talent in rec

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Variety Film Club: Yesterday (2019) 28 Mar 2024

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Variety Film Club: The Commitments (1991) 05 Sep 2024

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Pete Price Holds Court 17 Apr 2024 - 05 Jun 2024

Pete goes back to his roots as compere extraordinaire of a classic variety night!Join us in the swish Studio space

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Lost Soul 2 16 Aug 2024 - 14 Sep 2024

Dave Kirby (Brick Up The Mersey Tunnels, Lost Soul, Council Depot Blues, Reds & Blues) is back at The Court wit

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Alternative Black Cabaret Showcase 11 Apr 2024

The Black is back! The Alternative Black Cabaret Showcase in partnership with Boisterous Theatre Co. bring the bigg

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Girls Don’t Play Guitars 27 Sep 2024 - 26 Oct 2024

The five star musical that shook 2019 is back! “One of the strongest shows the Royal Court has produced&

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Royal Court Heritage Tour 18 Mar 2024 - 02 Sep 2024

The Royal Court is a Grade II listed building, a magnificent example of one of the best theatres built in the Art D

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Parallel Lives 30 Mar 2024

The People’s Players present Parallel Lives - a new radio play about love, fate and whether our soulmates wer

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Pauline Daniels – Get Me Before The Crematorium Does 09 Jul 2024

Join me, Pauline Daniels, for an evening of laughter and song to kick off my birthday celebrations! With 44 years i

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Sisters Of Mersey 05 Jul 2024 - 03 Aug 2024

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