Funding Opportunity

Sir Peter Hall Director Award 2021

Exciting opportunity for up-and-coming directors...

The Royal Theatrical Support Trust’s annual Sir Peter Hall Director Award 2021, in partnership with Leeds Playhouse and English Touring Theatre, is now open for entries.

Now in its fifth year, the award – which honours the memory of RTST co-founder Sir Peter Hall – offers the winner the opportunity to direct a full-scale, fully funded, mid-scale regional touring production of a classic or modern play (it can be an existing play or a new adaptation of a novel or film). The production will open in 2022 at Leeds Playhouse, as a co-production between ETT and Leeds Playhouse, then tour across the UK. The RTST will make a grant of £50,000 towards the costs of the winner’s production.

The scheme promotes the RTST’s charitable objectives by supporting up-and-coming theatre practitioners and British regional theatres. It is also intended to appeal to a wide range of candidates and to play a part in promoting diversity in the theatre, onstage, offstage and among audiences.

The winning director will demonstrate exceptional directing skills and a passion for regional theatre, and will be chosen by a panel comprising Chairman Richard Twyman, Artistic Director of ETT; James Brining, Artistic Director of Leeds Playhouse; Director Dominic Cooke; Actor Paapa Essiedu; Actor Haydn Gwynne; Movement Director Shelley Maxwell; and Agent Davina Shah.