The WGGB is delighted to announce the New Play Commission Scheme, in partnership with HighTide Theatre, UK Theatre and the Independent Theatre Council

Designed to respond to the decline in new theatre commissions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the NPCS will ensure 15 new commissions for playwrights across England in 2022.

The scheme has been generously supported using public funding by Arts Council England, by Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and UK Theatre through the Theatre Development Trust; and has raised over £50,000 in donations from major producers, actors, and writers. Faber has also made a generous donation to the New Play Commission Scheme, and will award an additional £5,000 to the best play by an unpublished writer.

The scheme will provide grants equivalent to the WGGB commissioning minimum for the type of theatre and/or company commissioning the work. Playwrights will be invited to apply in partnership with a venue or producer. The scheme will open for applications on this website on 12 May 2022, and applications close at 12 noon on 24 June 2022.

Ellie Peers, General Secretary of the WGGB, said:
“The last two years have brought immense challenges to playwrights and have stopped many promising careers in their tracks. The New Play Commission Scheme will bring writers and theatres together to produce new work under fair and equitable terms. We are hugely proud to be a part of this scheme.”

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