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.



If you have written a play we would like to read it. We accept submissions from UK based writers during two reading periods each year. The first is between 1 July to 30 September and the second is 1 December to 28 February – please note we are unable to accept any plays outside of these two periods. All scripts should be sent via email as a pdf attachment to along with a brief synopsis and an email to introduce yourself and tell us anything you’d like us to know about your playwriting to date. We do not accept any plays by post.



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.

Any play sent to us should be unperformed and full length (roughly speaking over 50 pages). We are unable to accept short plays, musicals or adaptations.



When we receive your play you will receive an acknowledgement email in receipt of your script. We then give ourselves a four month window in which to read your play as we receive many submissions and it can take some time to get to them all.

If we have enjoyed your play and would like to develop a relationship with you as a writer, you will hear from us in the four month window.

If four months passes and you haven’t heard from us then unfortunately your submission has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

We don’t offer any feedback on scripts that we receive.

If you have any other questions about the process please do email and we will do our best to answer them.