The Gate Theatre has a commitment to seeing, reading and producing the most innovative and exciting internationally focused new writing from across the globe. We are interested in plays that boldly interrogate the ideas, themes and forces that are shaping the world today and that are formally inventive in their approach to theatre. Internationalism is a tricky, fluid concept and we want to create work that interrogates it from every angle – politically, philosophically and theatrically.
Unfortunately we do not have a literary department dedicated fully to script reading. Consequently we can neither read nor respond to unsolicited scripts.
We do, however, welcome writers and literary agents to review our artistic aims and get to know the Gate's taste - and get in touch if you think your work, or your clients work would be a bold and exciting addition to the Gate’s programme.
- New plays from non-British writers (written or translated into English)
- New plays by British writers that have an International focus
- New adaptations of International classics – these can be from British or non-British writers (written or translated into English)
Please note: The scale of our production budgets mean it is unlikely we will be able to consider producing a play that requires more than five actors.
Contemporary writers we’ve staged since 2004 include:
Caroline Bird, Juan Mayorga, Dominique Morisseau, Tom Basden, Hassan Abdulrazzak, Falk Richter, Nassim Soleimanpour, Lucy Kirkwood, Lorne Campbell, Anne Washburn, Sandy Grierson, Mark Ravenhill, Anthony Weigh, Lukass Barfuss, David Davalos, Tom Holloway, Nick Payne, Naomi Wallace, Benjamin Yeoh, Charles Mee, Nancy Harris, Harold Pinter, Sam Holcroft, Lara Foot Newton, Fermin Cabal, Rajiv Joseph
If you are a writer
, and would like to get to know us, please invite us to hear or see your work. We will endeavour to attend. Please send invitations to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a literary agent,
and would like us to get to know your clients work, please email email@example.com
While we do not accept unsolicited material there are many theatres that do. Here is a list of theatres with literary departments that accept unsolicited material. Some also guarantee a report with feedback on scripts they receive.
Soho Theatre www.sohotheatre.com
Traverse Theatre Edinburgh www.traverse.co.uk
Royal Court Theatre www.royalcourttheatre.com
Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse www.everymanplayhouse.com
Bush Theatre www.bushtheatre.co.uk
Manchester Royal Exchange www.royalexchange.co.uk
Paines Plough www.painesplough.com
Hampstead Theatre www.hampsteadtheatre.com
Live Theatre Newcastle www.live.org.uk