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We’re looking for companies and producers with a play by an early career playwright which, as result of the pandemic, has never had the chance to be seen on a stage. 

This festival of new work will form part of our Autumn re-opening plans and run throughout September.

Before you get in touch please read our Programming and Submissions page in full to make sure that both your writer and the play fits Theatre503’s eligibility criteria.

A diverse audience begins with who is telling the stories. We are committed to ensuring new voices can be heard and we are actively committed to widening access to the industry for individuals from underrepresented groups. 

The deadline for applications is 12noon Thu 20 May. To apply please fill out as much information as you can in our programming form, and attach the script. 

If you’d like any more information or have any issues accessing our form, please get in touch by emailing

Please note we only intend to open our doors when all limits on social distancing are lifted.


A bit more information:

In September we’re planning on re-opening our doors with a new type of festival that will help us reset the way we support companies, as well as giving our incredible freelance community the chance to take their first steps back onto a stage, or in some cases for the first time.

We’re on the lookout for companies with a play by an debut/emerging writer that they were planning on performing before the pandemic hit, or may have developed during the last year. You will be in search of a supportive venue to bring that work to life on our stage. For some, you can’t wait to get back in a room with people and share your incredible story, for others you may feel a little overwhelmed but still determined to find a way back to your creative life, but may need a little help along the way. 

We know this, because our small but brilliant team feel this way – and so they came up with an idea of making our re-opening festival one inspired by compassion that allows a little more time, care and support for emerging companies to come and do their best work. 

Thanks to the support of the DCMS Cultural Recovery Fund, we won’t be charging a hire fee – instead sharing the box office risk and offering the resources of the team to help us all get back to what we do best – telling stories we’ve never heard before that makes us see the world anew.

This festival is a unique moment in time, which means we’re looking for shows that are a little closer to being performance ready that in development. 

We’re also planning to use it as the foundation for a yearly opportunity for companies who are just starting out or not yet ready for the challenge of taking on a long run, but who are committed to giving their writers the optimum experience of having their work staged in front of a public audience.

How does it work:

Our festival is for shows looking for a run of between 1 night and 1 week (up to 6 performances). The play must be performance ready by the time is opens (ie not a work in progress/rehearsed reading). Theatre503 will offer:

– 50-50 box office split

– Marketing support: Inclusion in all our comms channels, talking through your marketing and inclusion in overall 503Resets promotion

– Other production support: Dramaturgy on your script, Tech support during get in, advice on Risk Assessments/Scheduling, Fundraising chat with the Executive Director/Producer, General artistic feedback on your production

– Rehearsal space in the venue (subject to availability)

Accessing Theatre503:

To make you aware, Theatre503 operated 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. There is also a plan to move our administrative offices to an accessible building by the middle of 2023. To access our space presently: 

– 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) 

– Please also note that Theatre503 is housed above a pub; The Latchmere

As far as is possible, we will do everything we can to address specific access issues you may have, to help you do your best work.

How do I apply:

The deadline is 12noon Thu 20 May. To apply please fill out as much information as you can in our programming form, and attach the script. 

If you’d like any more information or have any issues accessing our form, please get in touch by emailing

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