Pitch Your Play 2018

Pitch Your Play 2018

About Pitch Your Play

We launched Pitch Your Play in 2013 as an education opportunity to foster and nurture the work of writers, directors, producers and actors aged 16-30.

In 2015 our winning scripts were Shakespeare’s Sister by Emma Whipday, Hilldrop by Joel Samuels and Arthur by Ben Weatherill.

Emma Whipday spoke to Masterclass about winning Pitch Your Play and explains how it has helped further her career, even taking her to America! (Watch the video above)

The Masterclass Pitch Your Play Scheme is generously supported by The Noël Coward Foundation and the Vernon Charitable Trust



The Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust’s Pitch Your Play scheme returns, inviting you to pitch a new play to a panel of industry professionals. Three successful pitches will be given space, admin and marketing support for 4 weeks here at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, working with the Masterclass team to produce your staged reading. In addition, each winning team will receive one weeks access to our West End stage in order to rehearse and stage your play. This will culminate in an exclusive opportunity to showcase your work in a West End venue to an audience of friends, family, colleagues and invited industry professionals.


Either a pre-existing team consisting of a writer, a producer and a director aged 17-30 or a passionate writer, also aged 17-30, with a finished play.


We will be in touch which those who make it through to the second round towards the end of April 2018. Pitches will take place at the end of May and the successful plays will be announced in June of this year, with staged readings taking place in the Autumn.

How to apply


1. A short synopsis of the play
2. A hard copy of the first 30 pages*
3. A covering letter explaining:
• Why we should pick your play and why you want it staged
• What you hope this opportunity will offer you
• What your long term plans are for the play
• In an ideal world, where you see the play being produced

The script must be a new, unpublished piece of writing. Please ensure that all pages are numbered and have your name on them.

*We will only accept hard copies of your script, electronic copies will not be accepted. Scripts will not be returned unless they include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Please note if your application is longlisted we will then ask for a copy of the entire script. You can submit your hard copies via post to Masterclass, Theatre Royal Haymarket, 18 Suffolk Street, London, SW1Y 4HT or drop them off at the Theatre Royal Haymarket Stage Door.

Deadline for applications: 10am, Tuesday 13th March

If you have any questions, please contact us on info@masterclass.org.uk or 020 7389 9660


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