Studio and Writers Programmes

The Studio aims to seek out, nurture and support emerging playwrights, enabling them to develop innovative, original and exciting new plays. We run a number of playwriting groups, a biennial Young Writers Festival and Rough Cuts – a season of shorts, works-in-progress and experimental pieces. We have an internal programme of developmental workshops and readings to give writers the chance to hear their play read aloud for the first time. The writers groups, Festivals and Rough Cuts seasons have helped launch the careers of some of today’s most influential young playwrights, including Mike Bartlett, Polly Stenham, Lucy Prebble, Laura Wade and Bola Agbaje.

All information about the playwriting groups, the Young Writers Festival and Rough Cuts is available from the left hand menu. If you have any further specific questions about our work, please email

Writers Groups at the Royal Court are principally supported by The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation supports the arts, culture and heritage for the public benefit and welcomes grant applications towards projects that make a real and ongoing difference to people’s lives.

For more information on the type of projects the Foundation supports and how to apply for funding, please visit their website at