Entries open for the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award 2021

The 2021 RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award Scheme is now open for entries, The Royal Theatrical Support Trust (RTST) and ETT (English Touring Theatre) have today announced.

The award honours the memory of RTST co-founder, Sir Peter Hall, who also founded the Royal Shakespeare Company and was a director of the National Theatre, alongside his numerous acclaimed directing credits.

2019 RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award winner Anthony Almeida opens his production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Curve, Leicester on 8 September

The award offers the winner their first opportunity to direct a full-scale, fully funded, mid-scale regional touring production of a classic or modern play, which may be an existing play or a new adaptation of a novel or film. The production will open in 2022 at Leeds Playhouse, as a co-production between ETT and Leeds Playhouse, then tour across the UK. The RTST will make a grant of £50,000 to be applied towards the costs of the winner’s production.

The winning director will demonstrate exceptional directing skills and a passion for regional theatre, and will be chosen by a panel comprising of Chair, Richard Twyman; Artistic Director of ETT; James Brining, Artistic Director of Leeds Playhouse; Dominic Cooke, Director; Paapa Essiedu, Actor; Haydn Gwynne, Actor; Shelley Maxwell, Movement Director; and Davina Shah, Literary and Creative Agent. 

The 2019 RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award winner Anthony Almeida opens his production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Curve, Leicester on 8 September, with previews from 3 September, before touring to Liverpool, Canterbury, Ipswich, Theatr Clwyd, and concludes in Southampton on 30 October.

Previous award winners and official runners-up of the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award have included Nancy Medina and Josh Seymour (2018); Chelsea Walker and Tinuke Craig (2017); and Kate Hewitt and Rebecca Frecknall (2016).

The closing date for entries is 6pm on Monday 4 October 2021.

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