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New Writing

As one of the region’s largest producer of theatre, Liverpool’s Royal Court is a hotbed of new writing.

The theatre has been producing shows since 2006, developing it’s own house style quite quickly. In the early years there were a mix of established plays and commissioned plays but you have to go back to 2017 before you find a play that wasn’t 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 plays each year.

We are firm believers in supporting the development of new works and new writers. We aim to provide access to all so pretty much everything below is free to be a part of.

Find out more about our new writing programmes here:

Stage Write Nights
Our bi-monthly script in hand readings of new works. Each evening six plays are chosen to have ten minute sections performed by professional actors and a professional director.

Stage Write Playwright Development Programme
The annual course that is free for all new writers. The selected participants attend fortnightly for nine months and finish the course with a completed full-length script.

Commissioning
This is the place to go if you have a full script and you would like to submit it for production either in the main house or the studio.

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

The Liverpool Hope University Playwriting Prize
The biennial competition to find the best comedy play in the country. A £10,000 prize for the winner.

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