Theatre503 Panto Callout

Are you our next Panto company?

We’re looking for an exciting company and/or writer/writing team to work with us this December to deliver a family friendly pantomime building on the incredible foundation laid down by Sleeping Trees (Cinderella and the Beanstalk/Scrooge and the Seven Dwarves) and Louise Beresford and Anna Spearpoint (The Fairytale Revolution). We are also open to a possible matchmaking scenario where we pair a writer with an emerging company/producer to work with us as well.

What are we looking for?

This is the time of year where we get to do a show for children and their families which must be funny, joyful, can definitely have songs and absolutely lots of jokes for the grown-ups to enjoy as well.

What we have found works best is using the classic panto/fairytale tropes and narratives and putting a new spin on them – for example an Avengers style mash-up of characters or setting the story in Battersea, given 50% of our audience are from Wandsworth (and for many it’s the only time of the year they come to the theatre).

We’d steer you away from is creating an anti-festive message (we’ve tried that and nobody comes…). This is not to say you can’t be bold, anarchic and silly – as that’s what everyone loves – but entertaining your audience and making them laugh is key.

We also expect the show to embrace our commitment to inclusivity and diversity and would actively encourage those that are underrepresented in the industry, including those from the global majority and all female companies to get in touch with us.

It also needs to be written by an early career writer (or writers) – we define this by anyone who hasn’t had a show of more than 65 mins running for 3/4 weeks or more.

How’s it going to work?

We’re still very much open to a discussion about this.

In the past we’ve offered the slot as a curated hire and a co-production (the first one with a greater share of the box office, the other with shared liability for the production) – so it also depends on what you’re looking for as well. We have also produced the show ourselves.

While we’re looking for a show for 2021, we hope this callout will also encourage you to get in touch to start the conversation for future years (we’re always going to need a panto!)

We are looking at a 3 or 4 week run in December. Exact dates are currently dependent on when we are able to re-open our doors this year, as well as wanting to develop our livestreaming channel – building on the success of streaming our 2020 panto to audiences around the world (and 9,605 local school children in one show).

We are also open to a possible matchmaking scenario where we pair a writer with an emerging company/producer to work with us.

How do I apply?

Please fill out as much information as you can in this form, as well as attaching your proposed script or detailed outline. If you’re submitting an outline, could you also include a sample of your funniest work, so we can get a sense of the style.

Deadline for submission is 12 noon Tuesday 20th April 2021

If you’d like to have an initial conversation with us before applying please email

To make you aware Theatre503 operates from the middle floor of a Victorian building that we do not own. We are having ongoing conversations with our landlords about how we might be able to make our venue more accessible but currently there is no lift access to our office and theatre. 

  • The Theatre503 office/foyer is via a flight of stairs (22 steps)
  • Our theatre is via a further flight of stairs (11 steps) or 4 additional steps, if accessing via the backstage corridor entrance. There is also a step down into the front row
  • WCs are located in our first floor foyer (2 additional steps to access)
  • There are currently no disabled access toilets on site or lift access
  • Please also note that Theatre503 is housed above a pub; The Latchmere.