We’re delighted to be partnering with WGGB on the New Play Commission Scheme, in partnership with UK Theatre and the Independent Theatre Council.

Designed to respond to the decline in new theatre commissions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the NPCS will ensure 15 new commissions for playwrights across England in 2022.

The scheme has been generously supported using public funding by Arts Council England, by Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and UK Theatre through the Theatre Development Trust; and has raised over £50,000 in donations from major producers, actors, and writers. Faber has also made a generous donation to the New Play Commission Scheme, and will award an additional £5,000 to the best play by an unpublished writer.

The scheme will provide grants equivalent to the WGGB commissioning minimum for the type of theatre and/or company commissioning the work. Playwrights will be invited to apply in partnership with a venue or producer. The scheme will open for applications on 12 May 2022, and applications close on 24 June 2022.

Full details can be found via the WGGB website here.

Writer and Panelist Tom Wentworth discusses the NPCS.