- Useful Weblinks
UK & Irish National Companies
The Royal National Theatre (London based National Theatre)
The National Theatre of Scotland (Scotland’s national company)
The National Theatre of Wales (The Welsh national company)
Lyric Theatre, Belfast. (The unnofical main theatre of Northern Ireland)
The Abbey Theatre (The national theatre of the Republic of Ireland)
12 Key Scottish Plays (A list of the top 12 Scottish plays, according to the National Library of Scotland)
Actorama (A Database of Useful Drama Resource)
The Actors Centre (UK organisation which supports actors throughout their careers)
Amateur Theatre Directory (Directory of amateur theatre companies)
Cast index guide – Whittaker Library helps you find suitable plays http://whittakerlive.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=cast+index
Doollee (Database of Plays and Playwrights)
Drama Classes (UK Database of Drama Schools and Classes)
Nick Hern Books (Drama Publisher)
Stagetext.org Making theatre and culture accessible to deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people
Playwrighting (Writing for theatre, key theatres that support new work):-
The Bush, London
It has produced hundreds of groundbreaking play premieres since its inception in 1972. They also operate Bush Green, an online networking and submission area of their website, for writers. The theatre accepts unsolicited (sent directly from writers rather than via agents) scripts.
Hampstead Theatre, London
A writers’ theatre and exists to support a thriving local, national and international playwriting culture. They commission plays in order to enrich and enliven this culture and support, develop and produce the work of new writers, emerging writers, established writers, mid-career writers and senior writers. The theatre accepts unsolicited (sent directly from writers rather than via agents) scripts.
The National Theatre, London
The literary department is at the core of the artistic activity of the National Theatre and is the principal interface between the NT and writers. The department aims to identify, evaluate and recommend appropriate dramatic material to the associate directors and the artistic director to enable the construction and implementation of a programme of the highest possible quality and the broadest possible range. The theatre accepts unsolicited (sent directly from writers rather than via agents) scripts.
National Theatre Studio, London
Since its foundation in 1984, the National Theatre Studio has played a vital role in developing work for the National’s stages. It is also a resource for a wide range of artists working throughout British theatre, providing an environment in which writers, actors and practitioners of all kinds can explore, experiment and devise new work free from the pressure of public performance. Most of the Studio’s work takes place by invitation, and they rarely take forward unsolicited proposals. However, they are happy to hear from directors, writers and other artists who would like to know more about what they do and how to get involved.
The Playwrights Studio, Glasgow
The Playwrights’ Studio is a national arts organisation for Scotland which is designed to celebrate, promote and develop Scotland’s rich and growing culture of writing. Check out the Studio’s website for more information on current opportunities and activities.
The Royal Court Theatre, London
For over 50 years the Royal Court has premiered groundbreaking new plays and helped to launch the careers of many of our foremost playwrights. Each year, the Royal Court actively seeks out and nurtures new and emerging voices. The theatre accepts unsolicited (sent directly from writers rather than via agents) scripts.
Soho Theatre and Writer’s Centre, London
The Writers’ Centre discovers and nurtures new writers. It does this through a broad range of activities designed to identify the best new writers and to develop their work towards production. The theatre accepts unsolicited (sent directly from writers rather than via agents) scripts.
Scotland’s new writing theatre. From its conception in 1963, it has embraced a spirit of innovation and risk-taking that launched the careers of many of Scotland’s best-known writers.
A resource for emerging playwrights (opportunities, advice, workshops).