"The lifeblood of the UK’s theatre ecosystem."
Paines Plough is an award-winning, nationally and internationally renowned touring theatre company, specialising exclusively in commissioning and producing new plays and helping playwrights develop their craft.
The company was founded in 1974 over a pint of Paines bitter in the Plough pub. Since then we’ve produced more than 100 new productions by world renowned playwrights like Stephen Jeffreys, Abi Morgan, Sarah Kane, Mark Ravenhill, Dennis Kelly and Mike Bartlett. We’ve toured those plays to hundreds of places from Manchester to Moscow to Maidenhead.
Our Programme 2012 saw 11 productions touring to 44 towns and cities across the UK and internationally.
Founder John Adams handed the Artistic Directorship to John Chapman in 1982. Pip Broughton succeeded in 1985, followed by Anna Furse (1990), Penny Ciniewicz (1994), Vicky Featherstone (1997) and Roxana Silbert (2005). The current Artistic Directors James Grieve and George Perrin took up post on 1 February 2010.
Paines Plough Limited is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity.
Registered Company no: 1165130
Registered Charity no: 267523
We're going to do more plays, in more places, more regularly to ensure Paines Plough is a truly national theatre of new plays. Whether you're in Luton or Lincoln or London; Nottingham, Newcastle or Newbury; Bristol, Brighton or Belfast, a Paines Plough show will be in a theatre near you soon.
To see where we'll be this year, check out our Current Programme.