About The Bruntwood Prize

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting is the biggest national competition for playwriting. It is the search for great new plays and great writers.

With prize money totalling £40,000, The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, a joint venture between property company Bruntwood and the Royal Exchange Theatre, is the UK’s biggest playwriting competition. Since its inception in 2005, over 7000 scripts have been entered, £160,000 has been awarded to 15 prize winning writers and eight winning productions have been staged.

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting has been responsible for launching and furthering the careers of Britain’s most promising playwrights.  Alistair McDowall – winner of Judges Award in 2011 for Brilliant Adventures – has subsequently been nominated as Best New Play in the 2013 Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and has been commissioned by the Royal Court Theatre. A new play, Pests, by Vivienne Franzmann, winner of Judges Award in 2008 opened at the Royal Exchange Theatre in March 2014 before transferring to the Royal Court Theatre and touring the UK. Duncan Macmillan, winner of Judges Award at 2005, has received critical acclaim for a new adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984, which toured the UK, produced by Headlong Theatre Company.

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