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 six 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.

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.

If you would like to submit a script for consideration, send it to stagewrite@liverpoolsroyalcourt.com

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?

I Am Steven Gerrard 01 Aug 2024 - 03 Aug 2024

‘I know that it does sound weird to say, yeah? But I proper envy Steven Gerrard. You know, the football

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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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Royal Court Stocking Fillers 05 Dec 2024 - 29 Dec 2024

A show that is fast becoming a Christmas tradition, we are delighted to welcome Stocking Fillers back to the Studio

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Two Cities… Half The World Away 03 Sep 2024 - 07 Sep 2024

This is a story about the rivalry between the two great northern cities of Liverpool and Manchester and, the fact t

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It’s A Wonderful Life 19 Nov 2024 - 30 Nov 2024

“Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings…” It’s Christmas Eve, Bedford Falls

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The Scouse Red Riding Hood 08 Nov 2024 - 18 Jan 2025

Little Red is off her head. Her nan’s in bed and the wolf’s not fed. With a pan of scouse and a loaf of

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An Introduction To Clowning 04 Jul 2024

AN INTRODUCTION TO CLOWNING with Simone LewisThursday 4 July 2024, 10am-5pmCOST: £30The foundation of all clo

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The Netherley Hillbillies 18 Jun 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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Variety Film Club: The Commitments (1991) 05 Sep 2024

Variety Film ClubThe team behind Variety Lunch Club have hatched a new plan so that you can come and have an aftern

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Colin Hoult – Colin 09 Nov 2024

The 2022 Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee heads back out on tour. This time as himself, Colin. As seen in Netflix&rsq

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Eddie Fortune – Single 20 Jul 2024

Single, 40 and living back with his Mum. Eddie has a history of failed relationships. He has done it all, he has da

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Sisters Of Mersey 05 Jul 2024 - 03 Aug 2024

Sister Petra and Sister Fionola have grown up in St Elmo’s Convent in Dingle as identical twins but Monsignor

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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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Amy Gledhill – Make Me Look Fit On The Poster 14 Nov 2024

Amy Gledhill – Triple Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, National Comedy Award nominee and 1/3 of cult double ac

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Variety Lunch Club 17 Jul 2024 - 09 Oct 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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Making It 17 Jun 2024 - 22 Jun 2024

What does ‘making it’ really mean? Backstage in a Liverpool social club, actress and cabaret diva,

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Royal Court Heritage Tour 15 Jul 2024 - 14 Oct 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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Harry Baker – Wonderful 26 Jul 2024

After a sellout Edinburgh Fringe Run and subsequent 40-date UK Tour, World Poetry Slam Champion Harry Baker is back

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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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Choral Singing Workshop 05 Jul 2024

CHORAL SINGING WORKSHOPFriday 5 July 7pm-9pmPrice: £15Location: Royal Court StudioJoin our Choral Singing Wor

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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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Stage Write Night 16 Jul 2024 - 12 Nov 2024

Come and join us for an evening of script in hand readings from our new writing programme – Stage Write.There

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Alternative Black Cabaret Showcase 27 Sep 2024

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

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Part Vampire 28 Sep 2024

"Part Vampire" is an exhilarating musical comedy that features Phil Jones, the renowned lead singer of th

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Daliso Chaponda: Feed This Black Man Again 14 Sep 2024

Daliso did his first show Feed This Black Man 20 years ago. The jokes were mediocre, there was a rap about poverty

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