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 our reading periods throughout the year. We are currently making changes to our script submissions policy, so are unable to accept scripts at this time. We will update the website in the early part of 2018 with our new submissions guidelines. If you submitted a play in the previous reading window (1 July to 30 September 2017) please be assured that it is being considered as normal and you will hear from us should we be able to take your play further.


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



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.