Hello. We're Paines Plough – we tour the best new theatre to all four corners of the UK and around the world. Whether you’re in Swansea or Sheffield, Glasgow or Gloucester, a Paines Plough show is coming to a theatre near you soon.
"The lifeblood of the UK’s theatre ecosystem." The Guardian
Paines Plough was formed in 1974 over a pint of Paines Bitter in the Plough pub. Since then we’ve produced more than 130 new productions by world renowned playwrights like Stephen Jeffreys, Abi Morgan, Sarah Kane, Mark Ravenhill, Dennis Kelly, Mike Bartlett and Kate Tempest. We’ve toured those plays to hundreds of places from Brisbane to Bristol to Belfast.
"That noble company Paines Plough, de facto national theatre of new writing." The Daily Telegraph
In the past three years we’ve produced 30 shows and performed them in over 200 places across four continents. We tour to more than 30,000 people a year from Cornwall to the Orkney Islands; in village halls and Off-Broadway, at music festivals and student unions, online and on radio, and in our own pop-up theatre Roundabout.
With Programme 2018 we continue to tour the length and breadth of the UK from clubs and pubs to lakeside escapes and housing estates. Roundabout hosts a jam-packed Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme and brings mini-festivals to each stop on its nationwide tour, and you can even catch us on screen with EVERY BRILLIANT THING available on Sky Atlantic and HBO.
Our COME TO WHERE I’M FROM smartphone app is available free on iOS and Android, featuring 160 short audio plays from Olivier Award winners to first time writers.
"I think some theatre just saved my life." @kate_clement on Twitter
Charity Number: 267523
Company Number: 1165130 (England)
VAT Number: 156 8615 38
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/ Browse more than 300 past productions in our archive stretching back to 1974.
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