April-May 2020

CLOSURE DUE TO COVID-19

31 March - 25 May 2020

We are heartbroken to interrupt the first season of our 40th anniversary year for the protection of our audiences and companies during the coronavirus pandemic. The following Finborough Theatre productions are postponed:

Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad, originally scheduled for 31 March-25 April 2020, will now play 2-27 February 2021.

Women Without Men, originally scheduled for 28 April-23 May will now play 11 August-5 September 2020.

All ticketholders for the two postponed productions will be refunded.

The Finborough Theatre plans to reopen on 26 May 2020 with Bliss.

While we are closed, we will be working on updating our online production archive. We will be 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.

Support The Finborough Theatre

We still face a very uncertain future. As a result of our current closure until May, even with government support, we will make a huge loss as we have lost 98% of our income. If (as looks increasingly likely), we are forced to stay closed beyond the end of May, we – together with many venues like ours and the artists who make them possible - will be 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.

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.