Masterclass, the in-house education charity based at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, is offering three young theatre making teams the opportunity to develop a trio of new plays as part of their Pitch Your Play scheme. 

It’s no secret that the future of theatre relies on today’s generation having the opportunities and support to go forward and create. Pitch Your Play invites people aged 17-30 to pitch for the opportunity to stage a reading of a new play at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Generously supported by the Noel Coward Foundation, each successful pitch will have access to admin support, marketing provision, rehearsal space, office space and creative guidance to hone their ideas at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Working closely with Masterclass, Pitch Your Play is an brilliant opportunity for young writers and theatre makers to showcase new work in front of potential funders, financial producers and potential theatres. More than anything though, it is a chance for writers to test ideas and develop new, exciting work with the support of a West End venue.

Miro’s Editor-in-Chief, Josh Brown, spoke to Emma Whipday who was one of the scheme’s previous successful playwrights. During the interview, Whipday explains how the process has helped to open up so many new doors and how she simply “couldn’t have imagined these are career-changing moments before Pitch Your Play.”

Either an individual writer or a pre-existing team of a writer, a producer and a director – all of whom must be aged 17-30 – are invited to apply with a finished play. Masterclass are asking for all applications to include: a short synopsis of the play, a hard copy of the first 30 pages and covering letter, but the script must be a new, unpublished piece of writing.

Speaking in support of the scheme, The Ferryman playwright Jez Butterworth said:

“Twenty five years ago when I gave up my first and last paying job to try to write for a living, I swiftly felt alone. A scheme such as Pitch Your Play would have felt like a lifeline. Witnessing work rehearsed and hearing it read aloud is oxygen for fledgling playwrights.”

He added: “I’m a bit jealous of those taking part, who will hear something for the first time; the strange and familiar voice, which startles, haunts, galvanises and nourishes them enough to try again.”

This is the third time Pitch Your Play will take place, having previously run in 2013 and 2015. The deadline for applications is 10am, Tuesday 13th March.


The Masterclass Pitch Your Play initiative is generously supported by the Noel Coward Foundation. For more information and how to apply, visit the Masterclass website here