Royal Court Theatre

Jerwood New Playwrights

The Royal Court Theatre is the writers’ theatre. It is the leading force in world theatre for energetically cultivating writers – undiscovered, emerging and established. Through the writers, the Royal Court is at the forefront of creating restless, alert, provocative theatre about now. It opens its doors to the unheard voices and free thinkers that, through their writing, change our way of seeing.

Jerwood New Playwrights is part of a longstanding partnership between Jerwood and the Royal Court which spans 25 years. Since 1994, the Jerwood New Playwrights programme has supported 72 writers to have their plays produced in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs and the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs.

For 2020, this programme is re-launched with a new focus on writer development opportunities for emerging playwrights. Alongside three commissions are a range of bespoke research and development opportunities at the Royal Court, for writers at an early stage in their career.

The programme has produced a collection of challenging and outspoken works which explore a variety of new forms and voices. It is rooted in the Royal Court’s desire to create a more sustainable culture for new writers. Jerwood New Playwrights has been instrumental in discovering and supporting some of the most important playwrights of our time, from Sarah Kane to David Greig and Mark Ravenhill to Ayub Khan Din.

The 2020 Jerwood New Playwrights are: Hester Chillingworth, Somalia Seaton and Ross Willis.

Photo by Helen Murray, Royal Court.