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Theatre Submissions

Theatre Submissions


Theatre Submissions 

At the Actors Centre, we strive to programme an eclectic mix of original, evocative, diverse and challenging work to attract a wide and varied audience and support as many artists as possible. 


At the core of our organisation is a commitment to supporting artists, and we therefore maintain a concerted effort to offer opportunities to emerging companies, as well as experienced and established ones.  

To be considered for programming, please complete a submissions form and return to [email protected]



The Actors Centre has today announced that the second round of submissions for its On Demand theatre season are now open. The first season, which played to national and international audiences, concluded on 3 January and presented five critically acclaimed productions in association with The Actors Centre including Alistair Hall's Declan, Bren Gosling's Moment of Grace, Cliffordkuju Henry's In Search of a White Identity, Kate Maravan's The Old House and Gemma Lawrence's Sunnymead Court as well as the continuation of the Latin American Season, curated by Untold Collectiv, which includeding nine productions from Latinx artists.  

Productions should be between 30 - 90 minutes in duration and participating companies must own the digital rights to the production, ‚Äčor have the right to publicly stream the production, which should be filmed to a high-quality professional standard, suitable for online audiences. If you have a production which you think may be suitable for streaming but do not have a digital version, it is also possible to film your production in one of The Actors Centre’s performance spaces. If your production will need to be filmed in-house at The Actors Centre, it must be possible to do so in a socially distanced manner. In this instance, it is advised that a cast of one to four will work best will work best. 

There is no limit to thematic or artistic expression or genre and The Actors Centre is seeking to support a range of diverse voices, themes and genres through its streaming platform. However, in this round, we are only looking for fully realised, developed productions and work-in-development will not be considered. You do not have to be based in London to submit your production and we encourage submissions from around the globe. To ensure that each production is accessible, each production will be required to provide a separate SRT file with closed captioning.  

Theatre Programme Manager Mitchell Reeve said: "After a successful debut season, which reached global audiences, we are looking forward to presenting a second season of digital theatre. While the pandemic continues, we must continue to adapt to new digital models and while we all long to get back to live theatre, through our On Demand season, we are doing our utmost to support artists, the freelance community and encourage creativity during these challenging times.”

Please click here to find out more about the submission process, as well as to download a submission form.  

The deadline for submissions for Round 2 is midday on Monday 8 February 2021. 

Click here to read more about how to submit your production. 


Our flagship theatre space, the Tristan Bates Theatre, has been in existence since 1994, and has become an established off-West End venue. The Tristan Bates Theatre is a black box theatre with a maximum capacity of 75 and many flexible seating configurations.

The Tristan Bates Theatre programme consists of:

  • Four week runs (flexible)
  • Ambitious and original Plays and Musicals
  • Productions that encourage diversity on stage
  • Work that has not been presented in London in the past 10 years
  • UK/European premiers 
  • Please note that the Tristan Bates Theatre is signed up to the Equity Fringe Agreement. 

To explore our programme, please click here.

Submission Form
Please click here to download a submission form to be returned to [email protected].



The John Thaw Studio is an intimate black box studio with a capacity of 55. The John Thaw Studio programme focuses on productions in development. We are delighted to offer the space on a box office split.

The John Thaw Studio programme consists of:

  • One week runs (flexible)
  • The John Thaw Initiative 
  • Work currently in development
  • Productions that encourage diversity on stage
  • Minimal technical requirements

Submission Form
Please click here to download a submission form to be returned to [email protected].


John Thaw Initiative

The John Thaw Initiative offers space to actors creating their own work to perform a work-in-progress piece in a financially risk-free environment. We have 4 seasons a year, with each one tailored towards supporting a particular demographic of artist, or a particular theme of work. We often work with external companies to curate the seasons; these have included Blacktress, Actor Awareness and Otherland. Keep an eye on our social media accounts to see when applications are open for the next season. Anyone meeting the criteria is welcome to apply.

The January - April 2020 John Thaw Initiative will be curated by Untold Collectiv, showcasing work-in-progress pieces led by artists of Latin American heritage. Applications are now open and will close at 5pm on Friday, 15 November. Click here for more information. 

To explore our current theatre programme, please click here



We regularly hire out our theatre spaces during the day for showcases, rehearsed readings, conferences, seminars, screenings, workshops, press launches and panel discussions. 


Occasionally we can schedule one off performances around the main theatre programme performance schedule.


  • You may have to work around an incumbent set and lighting plan. 
  • Any hire within the Tristan Bates Theatre that requires the use of technical equipment will be required to book a technician for at least 4 hours. 

To submit, complete Submission form here

Please find here our technical specifications for the Tristan Bates Theatre and John Thaw Studio. If you have any questions regarding the technical capabilities of our spaces, you can email our Technical Manager on [email protected]



The Green Room is the Actors Centre communal bar. The space is designed for one night scratch performances to assist artists to develop their work/craft. These performances give a valuable opportunity to receive feedback on their work in progress.

We welcome:

  • Live music
  • Poetry/Spoken word
  • Comedy
  • Drag
  • Cabaret

As this is a new concept we are trialing within The Actors Centre, we are enthusiastic to hear any suggestions that are not listed above.

Sumission Form
Please click here to download a submission form to be returned to [email protected].