Verity Bargate Award 2020- Deadline: 10 January 2020

Winner announced in 2020 as part of Soho Theatre’s 20th Anniversary year on Dean Street
Judges including Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Arinze Kene, Lolita Chakrabarti and Laura Wade

Soho Theatre and Character 7, producer of The Night Manager, are looking for extraordinary plays from extraordinary new voices. The Verity Bargate Award is Soho Theatre’s flagship new-writing award with the winning play produced in a full production on our stages.

For almost 50 years, Soho Theatre has championed new writing. Since 1982, the Verity Bargate Award, Soho Theatre’s playwriting award, has uncovered the best new and emerging writers. It has launched the careers of some of Britain’s most established playwrights and screenwriters including Matt Charman (Bridge of Spies), Vicky Jones (Touch at Soho Theatre), Toby Whithouse (Doctor Who) and many, many more.

The winner receives £7,500 in respect of an exclusive option for Soho Theatre to produce the play.


  • The Verity Bargate Award is open to any playwright who has had fewer than three professional productions and who lives in the UK or Ireland.
  • There are no restrictions on subject matter. Musicals and other forms of theatre are welcome but will only be judged on the text that is submitted.
  • Applicants must submit one unproduced, unpublished full-length play (no shorter than 60 minutes).

Soho Theatre is presenting a series of workshops and information sessions at Soho Theatre and around the UK and Ireland for emerging writers interested in entering the competition.

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6 Jan 2020


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  1. Hi just noticed that I have not missed the competition that we had a talk about at the Old Vic Bristol. South West Scriptwriters. I would love to send you one of my comedies if that’s oK. I do believe that the closing date is the 20th December 2019.
    Thank you.

    by Maria Edey
    12:13 pm, 2 Dec 2019
    1. Hi Maria

      I don’t manage the Verity Bargate Award myself- it is facilitated by the Soho Theatre, London. All the info on applying the Verity Bargate- and getting in touch with them for support is here

      Best of luck!

      Chloe Smith
      Bruntwood Prize Co-ordinator

      by Chloe Smith
      1:08 pm, 2 Dec 2019