The King’s Head Theatre pub’s annual award is looking for directors, producers and creative teams to pitch plays that capture the world at a particular time in history in a thought-provoking and entertaining way. 

Outside of these terms, those who put themselves forward for the award have free creative control, whether it is new writing, revivals and musicals will all be accepted.

The winning company will receive a full King’s Head production budget to produce their show at the historic Upper Street venue.

Artistic Director of the King’s Head Theatre, Adam Spreadbury-Maher said: “each year we get more ambitious with the Adrian Pagan award and, after two very successful playwriting competitions, I’m delighted that we’re opening it up to producers and directors for the first time. These are fascinating, challenging times for the United Kingdom and we can’t wait to see how theatre makers respond and marry their ideas with the King’s Head’s artistic vision.

For those wishing to apply, applications open on Monday 11th April and you have to download and fill in an application form (!adrian-pagan-award/qox0o), sending it to  before the competition closes at 6pm on the 31st July. July. Shortlisted entrants will be invited to pitch to a panel of experienced industry professionals in September.

Adrian Pagan was a stage manager for ten years before his first play, The Backroom, won the Verity Bargate award and was produced by the Bush Theatre. The award was set up following his tragic death at the age of 39. The first winner of the 2014 award was Thomas Pickles’ Dead Party Animals.

The second winner, in 2015, was Kate Lock’s Russian Dolls which is currently playing at the King’s Head (5th – 23rd April 2016).



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