We’ve been playing an award-winning role in the development of the best entertaining, challenging and profound new writing for over 40 years. Not smug. Just proud.

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, for the outsider goes in search of the best first time and emerging UK playwright. It’s got a couple of cracking prizes, very few rules, ace industry judges and it has helped launch the careers of some of Britain’s now most established writers. So get typing. You’ve only got until mid 2019 to write yours for the next round. It’ll be here before you know it.

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 Artistic Director invites six artists to immerse themselves in the life of Soho Theatre on a year-long attachment programme. Under commission and in residence they create new work for our stages. 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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