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The RTST Director Award 2017 is open for entries!

8 March 2017

ETT has joined with The Royal Theatrical Support Trust, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Theatr Clwyd to establish the first 2017 RTST Director Award Scheme, which is now open for entries.

The winner of the RTST Director Award 2017 will get the unique opportunity to direct a full-scale, fully-funded production of a classic play, to be co-produced by Nuffield Southampton Theatres, English Touring Theatre and Theatr Clwyd in 2018. 

Candidates are invited to pitch their vision for a bold, radical re-working of a classic British or European play in response to contemporary issues, particularly those relating to our national identity. The winner’s production will premiere in Southampton's NST City and play for three weeks in the Anthony Hopkins Theatre at Theatr Clwyd, as well as embark on a national tour with ETT.

The RTST Director Award 2017 will be awarded to an up-and-coming director for demonstration of exceptional directorial skills in a rigorous competitive process.  Short-listed candidates will be invited to workshops to demonstrate their directorial skills, before a final interview stage.

The winning director will be chosen by a selection panel comprising: chair Samuel Hodges (Director of Nuffield Southampton Theatres); Sir Derek Jacobi; Patricia Hodge; Danny Lee Wynter; Tamara Harvey (Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd); and Richard Twyman (Artistic Director of English Touring Theatre).

The 2017 scheme supports the RTST mission as a charity dedicated to promoting theatre and drama. Chairman of the RTST, Sir Geoffrey Cass, said: ‘The RTST Director Award reflects the mission of the RTST to support British theatre in multiple ways.  It will boost the career of an up-and-coming director; provide significant financial and promotional support for regional theatres; and facilitate a production by a classic dramatist for regional audiences.  We are delighted to be collaborating this year with NST and their dynamic Director, Samuel Hodges. The 2017 RTST Award winner will have the thrill and satisfaction of seeing his or her work on the stages of NST, Theatr Clwyd, and touring venues of ETT.  Last year we had 97 entries for the 2016 Award. This year, the prize for the winner is even more exciting.’

Richard Twyman, Artistic Director at English Touring Theatre, has said, ‘The RTST Director Award provides an invaluable opportunity for emerging theatre directors looking to work on the nation's major stages. I’m delighted ETT will work in partnership with Theatr Clywd and Nuffield Theatres to select and co-produce the winner of the award. At English Touring Theatre we recognise the urgent need for conversations about our national identity. Touring this production will provide this years RTST Director with a truly nationwide platform to create dialogue and engage audiences across the UK.'

Entries for the RTST Director Award Scheme 2017 are now open. To enter, and for further details of the award, please visit the RTST’s website: The closing date for entries is 18.00 on 20 March 2017.

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