Thank you for your interest in Theatre503 as a potential venue for your production. This page is designed to give you all the information you may need when considering Theatre503 for your play.
Theatre503 is the home for new writers and a launchpad for the artists who bring their words to life. We programme new plays by debut and emerging writers. We are looking for stories in close conversation with our time, from voices we haven’t heard before. We generally programme productions for four weeks and one or two nights. We also have one-two week slots available at certain times in the year.
Theatre503 aims to produce three in-house productions a year, two have usually come from either the Theatre503 International Playwriting Award or our 503Five Writers’ Residency. The third is our Christmas show. Our current funding situation doesn’t often allow for co-productions for the rest of the year, but we are working towards addressing that in the near future. However we work very closely with companies who produce a show at Theatre503 and provide as much support as we can to help realise their production, in partcular for 4 week productions.
Theatre503 operates on a curated hire basis; we programme all the work into the theatre, and ask for both hire and a box office split. The venue fee consists of two parts:
– A flat hire fee of £1,500 per week.
– 30% of box office takings.
For shorter runs of one/two nights we have a hire rate of £140/£250 and 30% of box office takings.
For runs of four weeks we also charge a marketing contra of £500.
There is a deposit of either £500 (for four week runs) or £100 (for shorter runs). Beyond the deposit, all remaining rental comes from box office settlement at the end of your run.
There is also a cost of sale charge, which accounts for the fees our ticketing system charges to process transactions (usually around 5%)
Theatre503 is not VAT registered
Further information relating to our programming, the financials, marketing and other aspects of Theatre503 can be found in this document. Please do download, have a read, as well as the FAQs below.
If after reviewing all the information, you feel that we are a suitable venue for your play, please fill out this form.
You’ll need to provide:
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7978 7040.
We have the following call outs currently live for production proposals:
Tue 21 – Sat 25 May
We’re seeking plays that identify as LBTQ+ themed for a week slot (Tue-Sat) with us. This slot may be double bills, a single show, or various one/two night shows dotted throughout this period.
We’re particularly interested in LBTQ+ themed plays to sit alongside a play exploring gay male themes that we have currently programmed.
These slots will be offered on our standard hires/box office arrangement (see finance section on this page).
24 – Sat 29 June
We’re seeking plays to programme on a 50:50 box office split in double bills for the week Mon 24 – Sat 29 June. Plays submitting for this week will need to meet our artistic policy, and be able to play alongside another show in a double bill (ticketed separately). Ideally these plays will run Tue-Sat with shared box office risk with Theatre503.
2 – 6 July
Calling all playwrights who identify as female and as a mother. We’re keen to programme a week of play(s) by the most brilliant mother playwrights. The play submitted for this week does not need to be on the theme of motherhood, but you would need to be comfortable being championed as a female identify mother who is a playwright.
We’re particularly interested in reading plays by mothers of colour, from a working-class background or those self-identify as disabled.
This slot(s) is offered on our standard hires/box office arrangement (see financial section on this page).
Tue 9 – Sat 13 July
We’re seeking a play to programme for this week in line with our artistic policy. This week is offered on standard hires/box office arrangement (see finance section on this page) with no theme required.
If you’d like to discuss any of the above slots, please don’t hesitate to contact us on email@example.com or to give Theatre503’s Producer, Jake Orr, a call on 020 7978 7040.
If you feel like you have a play that will be suitable to one of our specific call outs, please use this form to fill out a proposal. Please note: Theatre503 will not be producing these shows. You must have a production team already in place.
Proposals must be submitted to us by 3pm Friday 29 March. Plays submitted for our LBTQ+ week will be read ahead of proposals for other slots.
For four-week productions the £500 marketing contra covers a range of marketing activities including; strategic planning, flyering in the local area, inclusion on our website, newsletters and brochure. For shorter runs, we offer limited marketing support.