Soho Theatre has played an award-winning role in the development of the best entertaining, challenging and profound new writing for almost 50 years.

Depending on individual needs, there’s a number of ways we help writers conceive, develop and realise their best work. Whether they’re new, emerging or established. It may just be a chat over a cuppa (or a pint – it is a bar) with a member of our Artistic Team. Or we’ve a range of workshops, attachments, year-long residencies, awards and, of course, platforms in which to present work.


‘A powerhouse of creativity that feels entirely inclusive.’
Joel Horwood, Playwright

Verity Bargate Award

Our playwriting award is London’s foremost new-writing award with a 40-year history of discovering the best new talent. The winning play receives a full production in our Main House and has launched the career of some of Britain’s most established writers.

Alongside the award-winning production company Character 7, our search for the 2022 Award winner is now on. Submissions window is 21 October 2021 – 21 January 2022. Time to get typing.

Writers’ Lab 

Our nine month long programmes run October through June, open to anyone aged 16+. You get to meet other emerging writers and artists as you develop and refine your writing voice through a three-draft process. There are also special masterclasses with guest artists. And discounts to our programmed shows. S’alright init.

Tony Craze Award

One of those gotta-be-in-it-to-win-it Awards, because this one’s for those in our Writers’ Labs. The winner’s play receives workshop development and a reading. Some have had their work produced by us, performed on our stages and received industry and critical acclaim (insert all the applause here).

Soho Six

Our flagship commissioning programme. Focussing exclusively on emerging talent we collaborate with six new writing companies on a year-long co-commission with six artists, culminating in a new play. Alumni have gone on to become major influential names in theatre, film and TV.


Soho Theatre Bar. Which, if we don’t mind saying so, is a rather brilliant and supportive artistic hub in the heart of Soho. Many artists, writers and industry meet here. During the day you can also book the booths in advance for writing (just contact our Bar).

Discover our Artists

We’ve been at the forefront of artist development for nearly fifty years. Find out more about our artists and associates.

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