37 Plays

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We are teaming up with our 12 theatre partners across the country to get the nation writing. We are inviting children, young people and adults, including established, emerging and first-time writers to write/create the comedies, tragedies, and untold histories of our time. 

Inspired by the scope and timeless relevance of the 37 plays Shakespeare wrote, 37 Plays will bring together diverse voices from across the UK in one of the most ambitious new writing and creative projects in our history.

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Erica Whyman, RSC Acting Artistic Director

"Now, more than ever, there are new and urgent stories to tell about who we think we are and who we might become. As a nation, we have a lot to say, and with 37 Plays we have the opportunity to surface those stories whether comic, tragic, historical, supernatural, real or imagined, unearthing new voices for different platforms whether that's on our stages, on our streets, in schools, online or in new locations and spaces we haven't explored yet."

From five-act plays to short-form monologues, plays performed on stage, on the streets or in schools, to new and emerging formats, 37 Plays will explore who we are as a society and what the future of dramatic writing might look and feel like, on and off our stages.

There will also be an open call to anyone in the UK who wants to create a new piece of drama to make people smile, cry, tell untold stories or the history of our time.

Submissions will be read, longlisted and then shortlisted by regional and national panels. The final 37 plays will be collated and published with the aim of the selected plays being produced and performed in 2023 and beyond.

Find out more in January 2022 when we launch the project, which runs throughout 2022, culminating in a festival in 2023 to celebrate the project and mark the 400th anniversary of the publication of Shakespeare’s First Folio.

Our theatre partners

The Grand Theatre, Blackpool | The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford | The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury  | Hall for Cornwall | Hull Truck Theatre | Intermission Youth, London | New Vic Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent | Northern Stage, Newcastle | Nottingham Theatre Royal | Norwich Theatre | Silhouette Youth Theatre | York Theatre Royal

37 Plays is supported by Jon and NoraLee Sedmak