Bruntwood Prize History

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting is a unique engine for the discovery and promotion of new writing talent for theatre. A joint venture between the Royal Exchange Theatre and Manchester-based property company, Bruntwood, the competition is open to all writers, from first time playwrights to those with more experience.

Launched in 2005, the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting aims to discover and promote the best writing for theatre and has established itself as the UK’s most significant playwriting prize. 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 four cycles of the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, in 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2013 have identified a remarkable range of playwriting talent and many of the past winners have gone on to forge successful careers as playwrights.

You can find out more information about previous competitions by clicking on the images below or on the profiles of each winning writer in the menu section to the right.

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