We are not currently open for submissions
After a series of sad and difficult events including the death of a company director, it was decided to hold off until 2023.
9th British Theatre Challenge – Performances will take place in 2023
10th British Theatre Challenge – Entries will open on the 1st of November 2023
Please look at our Script Appraisals page if you have a play for us to look at
The British Theatre Challenge – Supporting and producing work by emerging and established writers across the globe since 2011
The 5 Winning Plays will be:
- Given a weeks performance at the Jack Studio Theatre, London!*
- Developed by professional directors!
- Performed by professional actors!
- Given written assessments by theatre professionals!
- Considered for publication by our partnered publishers!
- Filmed in performance by Mini Mammoth Films!
- A public audience will vote for their favourite! *If Covid-19 restricts live audience at the time of performance, plays will be live-streamed (with live editing by Mini Mammoth Films)
What will Happen
- Submissions accepted from 1st November each year
- Closing date 30th March
- A long list will be drawn up by 30th May (delayed to 20th June)
- A shortlist will be drawn up by 30th June (delayed to 20th July)
- Winners will be announced by 30th July (delayed to 20th August)
- Performance dates to be confirmed
- Winning playwrights will be presented with assessments in October
- Videos of winning plays will be released in November
- Over 50 winning plays have been given offers of publication as a direct result of the BTC!
- Find further play submission opportunities here -www.playsubmissionshelper.com/blog/
We’ll get back to you as soon as possible. If you have not heard from us within 24 hours, please check your spam folder. The workshops work well as a kick-start to a project as it gives the children a very clear understanding of the story of your chosen play from the outset or as […]READ MORE
British Theatre Challenge Shortlist 2021
So here it is, The British Theatre Challenge Shortlist 2021. From this list of 30 plays, 5 winning plays will be selected by the end of July to be performed at a London venue. Congratulations if your play has been listed below as you have been marked in the top 7% of submissions and placed […]READ MORE
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British Theatre Challenge 2021 is Open!
We are delighted to announce that our international new writing competition, the British Theatre Challenge, is returning for its ninth year and open for submissions! 2021 will see five winning plays produced by a professional cast & crew for a one week run of performances in London. Moreover, this opportunity will also see the winning works filmed […]READ MORE
BRITISH THEATRE CHALLENGE WINNERS 2019
A massive congratulations to our winning writers! Tickets are now on sale at brockleyjack.co.uk/jackstudio-entry/the-british-theatre-challenge-2 This years winning plays will be given 5 full performances at the Jack Studio Theatre, London Tuesday 1st October – Saturday 5th October 2019 at 7.30pm. If you are in or around London at this time please come and support us and make yourself […]READ MORE
Drama Holiday Workshops
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British Theatre Challenge Shortlist 2019
So here it is, The British Theatre Challenge Shortlist 2019. From this list of 30 plays, 5 winning plays will be selected by the end of July to be performed 01st October – 5th October at the Jack Studio Theatre, London. Congratulations to all our writers for submitting such diverse and well researched scripts to […]READ MORE
British Theatre Challenge Longlist 2019
Thank you so much for submitting your play to the British Theatre Challenge 2019. This year saw entries from 14 different countries, showing us just what a wealth of talent there is around the world. Congratulations if your play has been listed below as you have been marked in the top 25% of submissions and […]READ MORE
British Theatre Challenge Winners 2018
A massive congratulations to our winning writers!
This years winning plays will be given 5 full performances at the Jack Studio Theatre, London Tuesday 28 August – Saturday 1 September 2018 at 7.30pmREAD MORE
British Theatre Challenge Shortlist 2018
So here it is playwrights, the British Theatre Challenge Shortlist 2018READ MORE
Script Appraisal Service
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British Theatre Challenge Longlist 2018
Thank you so much for submitting your play to the British Theatre Challenge 2018. This year saw entries from 16 different countries, showing us just what a wealth of talent there is around the world. Congratulations if your play has been listed below as you have been marked in the top 25% of submissions and […]READ MORE
CASTING BREAKDOWN – BRITISH THEATRE CHALLENGE 2017
See casting breakdowns for this year’s British Theatre Challenge here…READ MORE
British Theatre Challenge Winners 2017
Thank you to everybody that has entered this year’s playwriting competition – It’s been a pleasure reading all of your scripts over the past few months so please, keep up the awesome writing! Choosing ten plays has been an incredibly difficult task, well done to those writers who were chosen for the shortlist but we […]READ MORE
British Theatre Challenge 2017 Shortlist
Click here to find out…Click here to find out if your play has made it onto this year’s shortlist… The British Theatre Challenge 2017 will be held at The Lost Theatre.READ MORE
British Theatre Challenge 2017 Longlist
Congratulations if your play has been placed on our Longlist for this year’s challenge. Click here to find out…READ MORE
A winner of the BTC ’15
Joe Starzyk has two more plays performed at Claremorris Drama and Fringe Festival. Find out more here.READ MORE
Casting Breakdown – British Theatre Challenge 2016
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British Theatre Challenge 2015 News
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The Masters – British Theatre Challenge 2016
Performance Details Here
Book your tickets now for the new writing event of the year.
British Theatre Challenge Winners 2016
We would like to thank everybody that has entered this year’s playwriting competition – It’s been a pleasure reading all of your scripts over the past few months so please, keep up the awesome writing! We are delighted to announce that the 10 winning plays have now been selected. The 10 winners of the British […]READ MORE
BRITISH THEATRE CHALLENGE SHORTLIST 2016
So here it is folks, The British Theatre Challenge Shortlist 2016READ MORE
British Theatre Challenge Longlist
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Casting for That Catholic Thing
Hard hitting and very dark, this new comedy by Anne Bartram is seeking it’s cast… Religion is a hot topic with its global and very grave repercussions. Christian churches today are finding their numbers dwindling as more people question the origins and the stories of the faith they have been taught and are expected to […]READ MORE
That Catholic Thing
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Eddie Coleman’s Winning Play Published
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Broadway World Article
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Brian Coyle a winner of BTC 2014 writes new play
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New poster for BTC 2015
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Frank Canino’s New Play
British Theatre Challenge winner writes a new play.READ MORE
Shakespeare Rewired featured in QA
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BRITISH THEATRE CHALLENGE WINNERS 2015
We are delighted to announce that the final 10 winning plays have now been selected.READ MORE
British Theatre Challenge Shortlist 2015
So here it is folks, The British Theatre Challenge Shortlist 2015
From this list of 25 plays, 10 winning plays will be selected by the end of July to be performed at the Lost Theatre, London on the 23rd and 24th October 2015.
British Theatre Challenge Shortlist
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British Theatre Challenge Rules
- The competition is open to all nationalities, but plays must be written in English and unpublished for the duration of the competition.
- Plays must be written for the stage for more than one actor with a running time no more than 30 minutes.
- By entering the competition the writer affirms that their entry is original and they have sole rights to all matters contained within the play.
- The authors name and contact details must be removed from all pages of the script. All pages to be numbered.
- The first page of each script should include a completed play synopsis of no more than 50 words, a list of characters, a description of setting.
- Entries must be submitted with full payment of £16 per play. Entrants may submit any number of plays and each play must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee.
- The organisers will not accept responsibility for the loss of scripts in transit.
- The judge's decision is final and no correspondence concerning the results will be entered into.
Play submissions that do not comply with all competition rules will be read in their entirety but may be discounted from the competition without notification to the writer or refund of entry fee.