Playmill 2020: submissions now open

18 February 2020


Playmill is our festival for new work. For two weeks every July, we open our doors to some of the UK's most exciting and ambitious emerging companies.

This year the festival will run from Monday 13th July to Saturday 25th July and will feature 48 performances of 25 shows. We’re looking for the most exciting emerging companies and producers who may be looking for a place to have London previews before Edinburgh or want to get work on its feet for the first time at one of London’s top Off-West End venues. 

We’re open to all styles and genres - drama, comedy, musical theatre, spoken word and everything in between!

We are looking for shows of one hour in length. We will have three shows per evening (six on weekends) so are looking for work that has minimum props or set and can work with a short turnaround.

A Unique Opportunity

This year, as part of Playmill, the King’s Head Theatre will be producing a brand new show that we will then be transferring to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. We will pull back the curtain on our process, offering companies an easy to follow look at how we produce a show by holding masterclasses and talks in the run up to Playmill.

Financial Deal

During the festival, we have one and two performance slots available. 

We require a guarantee after which the visiting producer will take 100% matured net revenue from ticket sales. Our sessions slots command a flat guarantee of:

  • £240 for one performance
  • £480 for two performances

We require a deposit of 50% upon signature of contract whilst the remaining 50% will deducted from ticket sales following the run.

Equity Agreement

The King’s Head Theatre is incredibly proud of our agreement with Equity, and believe everyone working on the Fringe should be paid fairly and ethically. We therefore require all companies producing work in Playmill to follow our Equity agreement, which can be found on our website.

To apply 

If you’d like to apply for this year’s festival our application form can be found HERE>>.

If you have any questions please email [email protected]

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