RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award Scheme

Now in its seventh year, the Award – which honours the memory of RTST co-founder, Sir Peter Hall – offers the winner their first-time opportunity to direct a fully realised, mid-scale production of a classic or modern play in a British regional theatre leading to a tour.

The 2023 Award-winner will win the opportunity to create a brand-new production at Northern Stage (on Stage 1), with the support of Artistic Director Natalie Ibu and the full Northern Stage team, in a co-production with Rose Theatre and English Touring Theatre (ETT). The production will open in September 2024 as part of Northern Stage’s Autumn season and then tour to ETT tour venues and to Rose Theatre.

The RTST will make a grant of £50,000 to support the costs of the production.

The Award scheme promotes the RTST’s charitable objectives by supporting up-and-coming directors 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 wining director will demonstrate exceptional directing skills and a passion for regional theatre, and will be chosen by a panel comprising Natalie Ibu (Chair), Tinuke Craig (director), Christopher Haydon (Artistic Director, Rose Theatre), Kate McGrath (playwright & CEO of Fuel Theatre), Lucian Msamati (actor) and Richard Twyman (Artistic Director, ETT).



To be eligible to enter for the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award 2023:

  • You must be permanently resident in the United Kingdom.
  • You must be aged 18 or over.
  • You must have a proven and demonstrable track record of directing professional theatre productions. Relevant experience would include being a sole, lead, assistant or associate director of professional theatre productions. At a minimum, you must have been the sole or lead director of two professional theatre productions in a theatre or theatres with 250 or fewer seats (further explained below).
  • You must (if short-listed) be available to participate in an estimated one-hour workshop (and, if selected, an interview), in central London, anytime specified by the RTST between 9.30 am and 6.30 pm on the weekend of Saturday 11 November & Sunday 12 November 2023. You might need to attend on both days if your workshop is on the Saturday and you are called back for interview on the Sunday.


6.00pm on Monday 18 September 2023.





Published on:
11 Jul 2023
Opportunity deadline:
18 Sep 2023


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