Director award open for entries

Updated: Sep 8


2018 winner Two Trains Running, directed by Nancy Media.  From left,  Michael Salami, Derek Ezenagu and Leon Herbert.  Pic: Manuel Harlan
2018 winner Two Trains Running, directed by Nancy Media. From left, Michael Salami, Derek Ezenagu and Leon Herbert. Pic: Manuel Harlan

The Royal Theatrical Support Trust’s Sir Peter Hall Director Award 2021 is open for entries by the nation's brightest young theatre practitioners.

Now in its fifth year, the award – which honours the memory of RTST co-founder Sir Peter Hall – runs in partnership with Leeds Playhouse and English Touring Theatre and this year offers the winner the chance to direct a full-scale regional touring production of a classic play or a new adaptation of a novel or film.

The production will open in 2022 at Leeds Playhouse then undertake a UK tour with the RTST offering a grant of £50,000 towards the costs of the winner’s production.

The scheme promotes the RTST’s charitable objectives by supporting up-and-coming theatre practitioners and regional theatres. It is also intended to appeal to a wide range of candidates.

Leeds Playhouse artistic director James Brining said “The step from small to middle-scale presents particular challenges. This award has a terrific reputation for enabling visionary directors to make that step with confidence, knowing they have the support of an established producing theatre. We can’t wait to meet the selected candidates and to work on realising the production in the autumn of 2022.”

The 2019 winner Anthony Almeida's production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opens in Leicester on September 8 before touring to Liverpool and Theatr Clwyd, among others. The award wasn't made last year, for obvious reasons.

Potential candidates can find out more here