The RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award is open now…


The Royal Theatrical Support Trust’s Sir Peter Hall Director Award 2021 has opened for entries from emerging theatre practitioners.

This is the award’s fifth year. It is presented in memory of RTST co-founder Sir Peter Hall – and is run in partnership with Leeds Playhouse and English Touring Theatre (ETT). The winner is given the opportunity to direct a full-scale regional touring production (in late 2022) of a classic play or a new adaptation of a novel or film.

The scheme’s aim is to support upcoming theatre practitioners and they specifically encourage entrants from diverse backgrounds, including parents with work/life balance needs.

Partner organisation ETT’s Richard Twyman, Artistic Director, and Sophie Scull, Executive Producer of ETT, also commented:

“This is ETT’s fourth year partnering with the RTST Sir Peter Hall Directors Award and it represents one of the most important things we do as company; opening up the stages of cities and towns throughout the UK to artists that haven’t had the chance to work on them before. The opportunity to make work on a larger scale that tours to audiences nationwide, in a fully resourced and supported production, can be a watershed moment in a director’s career and feels all the more significant after the last 18 months. We’re ever grateful to the RTST for their continued commitment to raising significant funding for new talent and delighted, this year, to be partnering with Leeds Playhouse to co-produce the production. We look forward to introducing the work of a visionary director to audiences across the UK in Autumn 2022.”

The last winner of the Award was in 2019- before the pandemic disrupted theatrical life. Finally, Anthony Almeida’s 2019 award-winning production of CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF is currently playing at Leicester Curve until September 18th and from there, will be embarking on a national tour.

The closing date for entries for this year’s competition is 6.00pm on Monday 4th October 2021.

Potential candidates can find out more information, support and guidance how to apply here


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