PLAYWRITING

The Literary Department is a home for plays and writers. You fuel the work that we present on our stage, so please send us your plays, tell us the stories that we should be presenting and make your voice heard.

 

WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR

Hampstead Theatre is looking for original plays and promising writers. We want to read engaging stories, writing that takes risks and plays that speak to a modern audience. If the voice is refreshing, or if the play is delivered with power, rigour or wit, we want to read it.

 

SUBMITTING YOUR PLAY

In light of recent funding cuts we have changed a few things about how and when we are able to receive unsolicited script submissions. The changes will make the process more efficient and will allow us to respond to all scripts that we receive. Please see below for details on how to submit.

 

HOW IT WORKS

We are only able to accept submissions from writers during our reading period which will be the month of August each year. The submission window will open on 1 August and close again on 31 August

We are only able to accept plays from writers who are not represented by an agent via this submission process, writers with an agent can ask them to submit their work in the usual way at any point throughout the year.

All submissions must be from writers based in the UK

All plays sent to us must be unperformed

We can only accept one play per writer during the submission window

All plays must be full length (roughly speaking over 50 pages)

We are unable to accept short plays or adaptations

 

HOW TO SUBMIT

All plays must be sent as a pdf attachment via email to scripts@hampsteadtheatre.com. Please also include a brief synopsis and any other information you’d like us to know. 

 

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOUR PLAY IS SUBMITTED

When you have sent your play you will receive an acknowledgment email from us to say that it has arrived. At the end of a six month period of consideration you will hear from us to say whether we are able to go any further with your script. We don’t provide critical feedback on the plays that we receive, however we will let you know when your play has been read and what the outcome of the process is.

If you have any other questions about the process please do email info@hampsteadtheatre.com and we will be happy to help if we can.