We commission and develop brand new plays, to be performed alongside the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

A boy watches as a disheveled woman eats a chocolate eclair.
Joe Barber as Laurie and Jade Ogugua as Vi in O, Island! (2022)
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Making new plays and working with writers

Our new writers explore anything from questions about feminism, race or religion to the birth of the free press or the end of war as we know it. This can be brand new plays, large scale musicals, new translations and adaptations and ambitious work for families and for young people.

Season by season we are interested in provoking new thinking about key ideas or moments in our history so we may offer a writer a theme, but we are also open to wholly surprising ideas.

In return for their commitment and ambition we give them the time and resources to write at their fingertips. We individually tailor the play development process to fit the writer and the project. 

Recent, current and future projects

Recent new plays produced include:

Script Policy

We don't accept unsolicited scripts; instead we identify writers we are interested in working with by closely monitoring new work across the UK. If you have a play reading, workshop sharing, or show coming up and you would like to invite us, you can email us at newwork@rsc.org.uk (giving us as much notice as possible).

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