These are the Rules and Information for Candidates for the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award 2019 (the “Award”) 


To be eligible to enter for the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award 2019:

  • you must be permanently resident in the United Kingdom;
  • you must be aged 18 or over;
  • you must have a proven and demonstrable track record of directing professional theatre productions as defined below…. Relevant experience would include being a sole, lead, assistant or associate director of professional theatre productions. At a minimum, you must have been the sole or lead director of two professional theatre productions in a theatre or theatres with 250 or fewer seats;
  • you must (if Short-listed) be available to participate in an estimated one-hour workshop (and, if selected, an interview), in central London, anytime specified by the RTST between 9.30 am and 6.30 pm on Saturday, 24 August and Sunday, 25 August 2019; and
  • you must comply with the other Rules as stipulated below.

Notes: …For the purpose of these Rules, the term ‘professional theatre production’ includes (amongst other types of production) fringe productions.  But the term excludes amateur productions and productions on which you worked as a student and/or in an educational context (except where directing a public performance at an accredited drama school).

The Award scheme is designed to give a director a career-breakthrough and first-time opportunity to originate and direct a play as part of a main-programme or ‘season’ of plays of a mid-scale producing theatre.  For this reason, the general Rule is that you will NOT be eligible to enter if you have originated and directed as a sole or lead director – and/or you are contracted to originate and direct, as a sole or lead director – a professional theatre production as part of a main programme/season of plays at a theatre with more than 250 seats.  The RTST recognises, however, that productions can take a multiplicity of forms and that, in some cases, it might not be fair for a director’s production in a theatre with over 250 seats to render that director ineligible to enter for the Award.  Such cases might include staged readings; runs shorter than two weeks; touring visits (e.g., if a director originates and directs a play in a small, say 100 seat, theatre and it happens to tour and, on that tour, visits a theatre with, say, 400 seats); and charity performances. The RTST will exercise its discretion accordingly on a case-by-case basis. You must nevertheless please tell us about all your professional directing experience and contracts to direct future productions.

How to Enter

To enter for the Award, you must submit online:

  • a completed version of the Entry Form provided here, including all the information requested therein; together with
  • your curriculum vitae, which must include detailed information on your entire professional track record as a director, specifying in the case of each professional theatre production: whether you were assistant, associate, sole or lead director; the name of the theatre and particular auditorium in question; and the seating capacity of the theatre/auditorium for that production.

Guidance for Candidates

You may choose your entry play from the following list of options:


Play in the English Language: original text

  • A classic or modern play originally written in the English language.

Play not in the English Language: English translation of original text

  • A classic or modern play originally written in a language other than English.  You must please specify an English translation on the basis of which your entry can be judged and provide a copy of this translation in the event it is not published in the United Kingdom.

NEW ADAPTATION (i.e., not yet written)

Play not in the English language

  • A new adaptation of a classic or modern play originally written in a language other than English.  You must please specify a literal translation of the text in the English language by reference to which your proposal for adaptation can be judged.

Please note that we are not inviting proposals for new adaptations of plays originally written in English. Please also note that: to be accepted as a “modern play” for the purposes of any of the three categories of play specified under “ORIGINAL TEXT” and “NEW ADAPTATION (i.e, not yet written)” above, a play must previously have been professionally produced in the UK or overseas.

Novel, either in or not in the English language

  • A new adaptation for the stage of a classic and/or modern novel originally written either in the English language or in a language other than English.  In the latter case, you must please specify a literal translation of the novel in the English language by reference to which your proposal for adaptation can be judged.

Film either in or not in the English language

  • A new adaptation for the stage of a cinematic film the speech in which is predominantly either in the English language or in a language other than English.  In the latter case, you must please specify a version of the film with subtitles in the English language by reference to which your proposal for adaptation can be judged.

The play must require no more than eight actors.

Your entry must be your own work. We therefore ask candidates not to confer with designers, actors or artistic directors in the preparation of their answers to the questions in the Entry Form.

When thinking about your answers to the questions set out in the on-line Entry Form, please consider the following points:

  • What is it about your choice of play that will appeal to audiences in a diverse city like Leicester and in Kingston upon Thames and to other regional audiences in the UK?
  • How would you use either the 900 seat auditorium or the 300 seat auditorium? Please refer to the plans of the stage which can be found here. In addition to the traditional seating layout of the spaces, both could be used flexibly. You are requested not to contact Curve’s Technical Team in connection with your entry.
  • In what respects will your production be imaginative, surprising and popular? Are you uncovering something in the work that audiences are unlikely to have seen before?
  • How would you suggest that the marketing departments of the theatres involved promote your play to the general public to capture their imagination?
  • How does your choice of play relate to the theatre’s audience development strategy?
  • Does your play or adaptation provide opportunities for a diverse cast of no more than eight actors?
  • How you would like the writer to approach the adaptation (if applicable)?  (You will be asked to discuss this at the finalists’ interview stage if you are selected to attend one of those interviews.)

Entry Deadline and Other Dates

Entries for the 2019 Award scheme have to be received by no later than 6pm on Monday, 1 July 2019.

The RTST reserves the right to extend the deadline for entries – either generally or, if it considers it to be equitable to do so in exceptional circumstances, in individual cases.

Dates given by the RTST in relation to the process for selecting the winner of the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award 2019 are indicative only and subject to change at the RTST’s discretion.


All written entries will be carefully reviewed and considered by the RTST with the assistance of Curve with a view to producing a Long-list of up to twenty (20) entries.

Candidates whose entries are not included on the Long-list will be notified in writing.


The Long-list of written entries will be submitted for consideration by the full Selection Panel.

The Selection Panel will agree upon a Short-list of up to eight (8) candidates.

The Long-listed candidates whose entries are not included in the Short-list will be provided with brief written feedback after the Award process is complete.


If you are Short-listed, you will be invited to attend a one-hour workshop on Saturday, 24 or Sunday, 25 August 2019.  The workshop will be in a central London venue.  You will, if practicable, be given a couple of weeks’ notice if you are called to a workshop.

It is a condition of your entering for the Award that you are available for attending such a workshop (and, if selected, a subsequent interview) if required by the RTST, on both days.

In a workshop, you will be required to direct professional actors in a text-based scene from a play stipulated in advance by the RTST.

Your performance will be observed and judged by the Selection Panel.

Further information on the workshops will be notified in advance to candidates who are Short-listed to participate in them.

Finalists’ Interviews

Up to four (4) of those who attend the workshops will be selected for interview by the Selection Panel.

These interviews, which will be the concluding stage in the selection process, will occur towards the end of the second day of the workshops or as soon as practicable thereafter.  The Selection Panel will select a winner and an official runner-up.

The winner and official runner-up will be publicly announced by the RTST and Curve as soon as practicable after the workshops and, until announced, should remain confidential.

Selection Panel

The RTST reserves the right to substitute members of the Selection Panel or to add further members.

It is the intention that all members of the Selection Panel participate in all stages of the selection process as indicated above, but individual members might be unavailable at certain times.

Contract between the winner and Curve, Rose Theatre Kingston and English Touring Theatre (ETT)

If you win the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award 2019, you will be required to enter into a contract with Curve, Rose Theatre Kingston and ETT in order to undertake the role of director of the Production.

Feedback to workshop candidates

Constructive one-to-one feedback will be provided by the Chair of the Selection Panel to all candidates who have participated in workshops.  This will be provided at an appropriate stage after public announcement of the winner and official runner-up.

Promotional Activities

By entering the Award scheme, you agree to participate in such promotional activity with the media with respect to the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award 2019, the RTST, Curve, Rose Theatre Kingston and ETT (including submitting to interviews, photographic shoots and filming and, in the case of the winner of the Award, attending an Award ceremony) as the RTST shall stipulate.

Travel Expenses

The RTST will, at its discretion, contribute towards the reasonable travel expenses incurred by any candidate in travelling to and from a workshop provided such candidate is travelling from home or place of work outside Greater London and provides receipts or other supporting evidence to the RTST.


The RTST reserves the absolute right at any time to disqualify from the Award scheme any entrant:

  • who ceases to be UK resident or otherwise fails to comply with the Rules of the Award scheme;
  • who has failed to supply all the information required by the Entry Form;
  • who is found to have supplied materially inaccurate information to the RTST in the Entry Form or otherwise; or
  • who, in the opinion of the Trustees of the RTST, has brought the Award or the RTST or Curve into disrepute.


Nothing in these Rules places a legal obligation on the RTST to award the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award 2019 or to make any payment to any candidate.

The RTST shall determine and resolve any ambiguity in the interpretation of these Rules at its discretion.

Ultimate play

While it is desirable that the play directed by the winner at Curve and at Rose Theatre Kingston , and on tour, as a result of winning the 2019 Award will be the play that is the subject of the winner’s entry, this cannot be guaranteed owing to a variety of factors such as: availability of rights; and for pre-arranged programming at Curve; and/or new ideas arising from the creative relationship struck between the winning director, Curve, Rose Theatre Kingston and ETT.


As an entrant to the Scheme, you agree to the use by the RTST of any personal data supplied by you to the RTST and to the passing of any of such data to any or all of Curve, Rose Theatre Kingston and ETT, the members of the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award 2019 Selection Panel and the RTST’s advisers, in any and all cases for use in connection with the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award Scheme 2019 and any theatre production resulting therefrom.


Notifications by the RTST to entrants will be given by means of email.  The RTST can accept no responsibility for any failed transmission of emails.

Communications by entrants to the RTST must be made by email to the email address specified in the Entry Form.

How to refer to the Award

If, in the future, you refer to your participation in this Award scheme in social media, your CV, biographies, etc, please refer to it as the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award (or the Royal Theatrical Support Trust Sir Peter Hall Director Award ), and use the hashtag #RTSTDirector Award (or #RTSTSirPeterHallDirectorAward). Reference to the RTST or the Royal Theatrical Support Trust/RTST will differentiate this Award from other awards and schemes that now or in the future bear Sir Peter Hall’s name.

Governing Law

The Scheme is governed by and shall be construed in accordance with the laws of England, and the courts of England shall have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to it.