April-December 2020


16 March - 31 December 2020

Now available for you to stream online for free…


It Is Easy To Be Dead
The Olivier Award nominated play on the First World War poet Charles Hamilton Sorley
★★★★★ The Guardian
Nominated for 7 OffWestEnd Awards and 4 Broadway World UK Awards
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To read all about the original Finborough Theatre production of It Is Easy To Be Dead, including reviews of the online release, please click here.
★★★★★ Five Stars, North West End
★★★★★ Five Stars, The Upcoming
★★★★ Four Stars, Morning Star Online
★★★★ Four Stars, ReviewsGate
One of Play By Play’s two plays of the week to watch
“While big guns like the National, the Globe and the RSC trawl their extant repertoire, spare a thought for the small but crucial Finborough Theatre.” Matt Wolf, The Arts Desk
“A very welcome digital revival from a lifeblood theatre we simply cannot afford to lose.” Mayer Wakefield, Morning Star Online
“Unmissable is a word too often carelessly used, and I did miss the production at the Finborough being away at the time, so this came as a revelation. It is exactly that. Not to be missed.” William Russell, ReviewsGate

Jane Clegg
The first London production for over 75 years
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To read all about the original Finborough Theatre production of Jane Clegg, please click here.

The world premiere production from 2017
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To read all about the original Finborough Theatre production of Continuity, please click here.

Finborough Forum
Our first Virtual Finborough Forum was hosted on June 1 2020 and featured guest speaker, script consultant Philip Shelley.
To view June’s Finborough Forum, click here.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all our previously announced productions have been cancelled.

We will be announcing a new programme for the future as soon as possible.

We still face a very uncertain future. As a result of our closure, we have lost 98% of our income, and at present we fall through all the cracks of government and local Council support. We – together with many venues like ours and the artists who make them possible – are confronted with desperate financial hardship.

The future of the Finborough Theatre is in danger and we need your support to continue producing excellent and unique theatre for another 40 years.

Please consider donating to support the theatre, or becoming a Friend of the Finborough Theatre by visiting our Support Us page here.

While we are closed, we are updating our online production archive, and are regularly posting reviews and images from previous productions across all our social media channels. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to share in these memories from across our 40 year history.

Playscripts from previous Finborough Theatre productions are also available to buy online here.

We have also extended the deadline for the ETPEP Award to Tuesday, 30 June 2020 and added more runner-up prizes. Run by the Finborough Theatre, this is a playwriting prize for new UK playwrights who work in the theatre industry. For more information, see below.

ETPEP Award - Deadline Extended to June 2020

The ETPEP Award 2020 is a playwriting prize for new UK playwrights who work in the theatre industry, run by the Finborough Theatre in association with the Experienced Theatre Practitioners Early Playwriting Trust (ETPEP).

The Award’s purpose is to find and nurture a playwright who has worked in theatre for two years or more (but not in a literary department setting or as a paid script reader), who is looking to further their ambitions and skill in the art and craft of playwriting.

The ETPEP Award 2020 is open to UK residents of any age who have not had a play professionally produced, and who have worked front of house, in administrative roles, on stage, backstage, lighting, design etc. or in a creative capacity in theatre for at least two years, either now or in the past. 

The award is intended to target and encourage those who are currently working in theatre but who are new to playwriting, and therefore, the Award is not open to those who have worked in any capacity in a literary department, a literary agency, theatre critics, or those who ever have undertaken paid script reading work.

For the avoidance of doubt, this is not an award for playwrights. It is an award for those who work in theatre IN SOME OTHER capacity who also write plays.

We are looking for a play of substance which contributes in some way to our understanding of the human condition or experience, from a writer with potential to enhance our political and social awareness.

The award will be judged completely anonymously until the very final shortlist and interview stage, and brief feedback will be provided on every entry.

The winner will receive a prize of £6,000, a development relationship with the Finborough Theatre including one-to-one dramaturgy with Finborough Theatre Artistic Director and playwright Neil McPherson; a rehearsal workshop with actors and a director to develop the play; and a staged reading performance of the winning play at the Finborough Theatre, London on Sunday, 20 September 2020 (subject to confirmation, depending on events).

There will be ten runner-up prizes of £300 each.

The judges for the 2020 Award are playwright Winsome Pinnock; Artistic Director of the Finborough Theatre and playwright Neil McPherson; Literary Manager of the Finborough Theatre and playwright Sue Healy; actor Oliver Ford Davies; actor, playwright and activist Athena Stevens; and Clive Webster of the Experienced Theatre Practitioners Early Playwriting Trust, which founded the award.

Before entering you should study the full submission guidelines, available at www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk

The deadline for scripts is Tuesday, 30 June 2020 at 11.00pm.

Please visit ETPEP Award page for full information on how to submit.