North Gable Productions have only ever had one or two ‘Contacts’ at a time in the Businesses that we are now writing Information about, which is pretty cool to say that it does pay to have these as a back-up in case someone asks a question that we cannot answer ourselves. It is never easy to have a preloaded stance of answers at hand ready, if the question that comes forward is not in the pack of cards you’re expecting to pull out and announce.
Be prepared, the day may be long but the whole questions and answers, that is something that will not wait for you – rather it will swallow you up whole and make you regret anticipating the outcome. With ‘Theater’ the same advice goes both ways, as some very influential Producers, even Directors, have fallen foul of the “Question Game” and they now run for cover or hide whenever anyone beckons to them to answer a simple question.
In this section you will find those ‘Theater Companies’, ‘Theater Groups’ and ‘Theater Advocates’, who will – assuming they accept ‘Submissions’ – take your ‘Script’ and begin to scrutinize it in ways you wouldn’t even comprehend. When you get your ‘Script’ back, the whole thing will be disheveled – If it was scrutinized beyond belief, or if you don’t get your ‘Script’ back, then you may well start dancing around that garden space you had reserved for this year’s Big Bar-B-Q party with friends.
If you send your ‘Script’ in to a ‘Theater Production Company’ and you haven’t heard back from them after six weeks, you can assume that A) they received your work, B) that they have received your work and they have read it, are in the middle of reading it, or they have referred it to someone else. These are pretty good signs that should not be acted on with any great haste, or minimally, you contact them to hurry the process along. Look at it this way, a ‘Theater Production Executive’ is crazier than an Actor, they have to be to deal with all the everyday calamities that calls upon them to sort things out. So, give them time and be patient until they get in touch.
The Theater Approach…
Name: Bush Theater (London)
The Bush Theatre
Shepherds Bush Green
London W12 8QD
Telephone: 020 87433584 or Fax: N/A
Administrator: Naia Johns
Preferences: Welcomes ‘Unsolicited’ full-length scripts. Scripts can also be sent online via website. Commissioned Writers, including those at an early stage in their career. Produces over 8 Premieres a year.
Name: Michael Codron Plays Ltd
Aldwych Theater Offices
London WC2B 4DF
Telephone: 020 72408291 Fax: 020 72408467
Preferences: None given
Permanent Website: Not Online
Name: Finborough Theater (London)
118 Finborough Road
London SW10 9ED
Telephone: 020 72447439 Fax: 020 78351853
Administrator: Neil McPherson
Preferences: Presents new writing, revivals of neglected plays from 1800 onwards, music theater and UK Premieres of foreign work, particularly from Ireland, the USA and Canada. Unsolicited scripts are accepted, but see ‘Literary Policy’ on website before sending.
Permanent Website: Finborough Theater
Name: Robert Fox Ltd
6 Beauchamp Place
London SW3 1NG
Telephone: 020 75846855 Fax: 020 72251638
Preferences: Independent theater and film production company. Stages productions mainly in the West End and on Broadway. Currently not accepting any new material.
Permanent Website: Not Online
Name: Hampstead Theater (London)
London NW3 3EU
Telephone: 020 74494200 Fax: 020 74494201
Administrator: Contact Literary Manager
Preferences: The company’s theater, built in 2003 was designed with Writers in mind, allowing for bold and flexible staging within an intimate auditorium. The artistic policy is the production of the best British and International new plays in both the main house and in the studio theater. All plays are read, however, feedback is not provided on every play submitted. It usually takes 4 months to respond, Include Postage with submissions. No plays accepted by email. See website for details of submission process and new Writing initiatives.
Permanent Website: Hampstead Theater
Name: Bill Kenright Ltd
1 Venice Walk
London W2 1RR
Telephone: 02074466222 or Fax: 020 74466222
Managing Director: Bill Kenwright
Preferences: Production Details: Commercial producing management presenting revivals and new works for the West End and for touring theaters. Recent (or current) productions include: in the West End – Blood Brothers, Hay Fever, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Whistle Down The Wind, The Crucible, and A Man For All Seasons. On Tour – Blood Brothers, Festen, The Hollow and This is Elvis.
Permanent Website: Bill Kenwright Ltd
Name: King’s Head Theater (London)
115 Upper Street
London N1 1QN
Telephone: 020 72268507
Artistic Director: Adam Spreadbury-Maher
Preferences: Off-West End theater producing premieres of plays and musicals
Permanent Website: Kings Head Theatre
Name: Lyric Hammersmith
London W6 0QL
Telephone: 020 87416807 or Fax: 020 87415965
Artistic Director: Sean Holmes, or Executive Director: Jessica Hepburn
Preferences: West London’s largest producing and receiving theater. Unsolicited scripts for in-house productions not accepted.
Permanent Website: Lyric Hammersmith
Name: Neal Street Productions Ltd
26-28 Neal Street
London WC2H 9QQ
Telephone: 020 72408890 or Fax 020 72407099
Administrator: Milly Leigh
Preferences: Independent theater and film producer of new work and revivals. No unsolicited scripts.
Permanent Website: Neal Street Productions Ltd
Name: Off West End Theaters Ltd
27 New End
London NW3 1JD
Telephone: 0870 0332733 or Fax: 020 77944044
Chief Executive/Artistic Director: Brian Daniels
Preferences: Commercial producing management and independent theater producer of issue-led drama, comedy, musicals, revue, new writing, revivals and cabaret. Stages 25-30 productions a year across several theatres including the New End Theater, Hampstead and the Shaw Theater. Occasionally considers scripts from new Writers.
Permanent Website: Off West End Theaters Ltd
Name: The old Red Lion Theater
418 St John Street
London EC1V 4NJ
Telephone: 020 78333053 or Fax: 020 78377816
Artistic Directors: Henry Filloux-Bennett & Nicholas Thompson
Preferences: Interested in contemporary pieces, especially from unproduced Writers. No funding: incoming production company pays to rent the theater. SAE essential with inquiries.
Permanent Website: The Old Red Lion Theater
Name: Orange Tree Theater
1 Clarence Street
Surrey TW9 2SA
Telephone: 020 89400141 or Fax: 020 83320369
Preferences: Producing venue. New works presented generally come from agents or through writer’s groups. The theater asks that Writers contact the theater first by letter and do not send unsolicited scripts.
Permanent Website: Orange Tree Theater
Name: Polka Theater
240 The Broadway
London SW19 1SB
Telephone: 020 85438320 or Fax: 020 85458365
Artistic Director: Jonathan Lloyd
Preferences: Exclusively for children aged 0-13, the Main Theater seats 300 and the Adventure Theater seats 80. It is programmed 18 months-2 years in advance. Theater of new work, with targeted commissions.
Permanent Website: Polka Theater
Name: The Questors Theater
London W5 5BQ
Telephone: 020 85670011 or Fax: 020 85672275
Executive Director: Andrea Bath
Preferences: Largest Independent Community Theater in Europe producing around 20 shows a year, specializing in modern and classical world drama. No unsolicited scripts.
Permanent Website: The Questors Theater
Name: The Really Useful Group
22 Tower Street
London WC2H 9TW
Telephone: 020 72400880 or Fax: 020 72401204
Chief Executive: Andre Ptaszynski
Preferences: Owns 7 West End Theatres: Adelphi, Cambridge, Her Majesty’s, London Palladium, New London, Palace, Theater Royal Drury Lane.
Permanent Website: The Really Useful Group
Name: Royal Court Theater (London)
(English Stage Company Ltd)
London SW1W 8AS
Telephone: 020 75655050 or Fax: 020 75655001
Literacy Manager: Chris Campbell
Preferences: New plays.
Permanent Website: Royal Court Theater
Name: Royal National Theater
London SE1 9PX
Telephone: 020 74523100 or Fax: 020 74523350
Associated (Literacy) Director: Sebastian Born
Preferences: Limited opportunity for the production of unsolicited material, but submissions considered from the UK and Ireland. No synopses, treatments or email submissions. Send to Literacy Department, together with an SAE with return postage for the script.
Permanent Website: Not Online
Name: Soho Theater
21 Dean Street
London W1D 3NE
Telephone: 020 74780117 or Fax: 020 72875061
Preferences: Aims to discover and develop new playwrights, produce a year-round programme of new plays and attract new audiences. Producing venue (144-seat theater) of new plays and comedy. The Writers Centre offers an extensive unsolicited script-reading service and provides a range of development schemes including the Writers’ Attachment Programme, Open Access Workshops, the Verity Bargate Award, The Westminster Prize, a thriving Young Writers’ Programme, commissions and seed bursaries and more. There is also a large self-contained studio space with 85-seat capacity plus theater bar, restaurant, offices, rehearsal, writing and meeting rooms.
Permanent Website: Soho Theater
Name: Tabard Theater
2 Bath Road
London W4 1LW
Telephone: 020 98856035 or Fax: 020 89945985
Preferences: None Given.
Permanent Website: Tabard Theater
Name: TEG Productions
73 Great Titchfield Street
London W1W 6RD
Administrator: Jeremy Meadow
Preferences: Produces new plays and revivals with commercial potential, all with ‘Star’ casting as well as Stand-Up and other Comedy. Send Synopses only; no unsolicited MSS.
Permanent Website: TEG Productions
Name: Theater Royal, Stratford East
Gerry Raffles Square
London E15 1BN
Telephone: 020 85347374 or Fax: 020 85348381
Artistic Director: Kerry Michael, or Executive Director: Mary Caws
Preferences: Middle-Scale producing theater. Specializes in new writing: including developing contemporary British musicals. Welcomes new plays that are unproduced, full in length, and which relate to its diverse multicultural, black and Asian audience.
Permanent Website: Theater Royal
More ‘Contacts’ Soon…