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Contacting the New Work Department

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Contacting the New Work Department


We welcome invites to see productions across the country. 

Due to the large number of invitations we receive, we ask that you submit information about your show to the New Work Department 4-6 weeks before the event takes place.

  • We are strategic with the shows that we cover, leading on those artists who have an established career and whose careers we have been following through our research.
  • We tend to see work of writers and directors who have been producing work for three to five years, and have established their practice.
  • We prioritise attendance at fully realised productions rather than Scratch or Work in Progress. 
  • We do not attend non-professional work, unless it is in a participatory setting. 
  • We attend readings to observe the work of writers only. 

If you are an actor who would like to be considered by the NT casting department, please find information on our casting page.

In order to cover the largest range of writers, directors and companies, if we have seen your work in the last 12 months, it’s unlikely that we will cover it again so soon.

With your invite, please let us know why you want us to cover this production and what development opportunities you are looking to engage with at the NT, so that we can assess it alongside other invites. If you are a director, please include a PDF of your CV so we can understand your recent experience. 

To let us know about opportunities to see your work please fill in this online form.

Script submissions

We are happy to receive and consider unsolicited scripts from the UK and Ireland.

Scripts should be submitted in .doc or .pdf format via email to [email protected] and all submissions receive an automatic acknowledgement.

We aim to respond to writers within three months to let you know whether or not we wish to take your play into further development. Due to the volume of scripts we receive and our small team size, we are unable to provide feedback on all submissions. 

Please ensure your script meets our Submission Criteria below before submitting:

  • Scripts must be full-length (with a playing time of at least one hour)
  • We can only accept one play per writer within a twelve-month period, unless requested
  • We do not consider re-drafts of plays previously submitted to us, unless requested
  • We do not accept scripts written for film, television or radio, but we do accept versions and adaptations for the stage
  • We no longer accept handwritten or hard copy submissions
  • Musical submissions should provide a link to supporting materials via or similar

If you have any further enquiries about this process please contact the Senior Reader at [email protected]

Directing opportunities

If you are interested in being an assistant director in the Staff Director programme or our other development opportunities, please contact us at [email protected] with a pdf of your current CV and invite us to see your work (see section regarding invitations).

We need to see evidence of a developing directorial career but the route into this can be from any direction; from acting, to participation work, to transitioning from another discipline, to academic or professional training, and from non-professional routes.  

We are interested in meeting directors who:

  • Have established a professional directing career over a number of years, but are yet to have directed a main stage production.
  • Who have directed full length and fully developed productions in a range of venues such as  fringe, studio, pub theatres or found spaces.
  • Who make work in a variety of ways, from text based to devised, theatre makers and directors who run their own companies.  Artists who are able to talk about their practice and how our training opportunities could enrich them.
  • For Staff Directing, we are looking for at least two credits as an Assistant Director in a Main House. If you have experience working with understudy companies, it would be beneficial.


Most of the New Work Department’s work takes place by invitation, and we rarely take forward unsolicited proposals from artists we don’t already have an existing relationship with. The pathways towards beginning this conversation are through coverage of your work or through script submissions.

If you have had positive responses from us to your work and you feel you are ready to make work that matches the NT’s scale, please send an outline of the proposal and creative team biographies to Proposals at [email protected].

For all other enquiries, please contact the Assistant to the Head of New Work at [email protected].


Image of The Barber Shop Chronicles, photo by Marc Brenner