International Playwrights Programme

The International Playwrights’ Programme at the Royal Court builds and develops the theatre’s relationships with the most exciting writers around the world. For over twenty years, this programme has led the way in connecting British theatre with international artists and theatre made in different traditions and cultural contexts. Through long term writers groups, international residencies and major productions, the Royal Court has now worked with writers from more than 70 countries writing in over 40 different languages. Long term relationships now exist with writers, artists and organizations in countries including Argentina, Brazil, China, Chile, Cuba, France, Germany, India, Iran, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, Palestine, Peru, Romania, Russian, Spain, South Africa, Syria, Turkey, Uruguay and Zimbabwe.

The Programme was founded by the pioneering and visionary Elyse Dodgson, who sadly passed away in 2018. Her legacy of extraordinary work with artists from around the world continues to shape all of our international projects.


Sam Pritchard Associate Director (International)

Rachel Toogood International Producer (Interim)

For all enquiries, please email

Our team reserves one day a month for drop-in meetings with UK-based theatre translators or theatre artists who read work in global languages other than English. Freelance practitioners are an invaluable part of our work with international writers, whether that’s through script reading, dramaturgical work or translation. We are always open to relationships with people who are new to us or who might be new to this area of work.

If you’re interested in booking a slot and coming to chat to us please get in touch with us at the address above. We’re excited to hear about your work and answer questions you might have about ours. All meetings are currently online and do let us know about any access requirements you might have.