*COVID-19 Statement of Intent from Charlotte and Katie*

We at Paines Plough are committed to being a national company for new writing in whatever capacity. We thrive on the strength of our audiences, artistic community and friends and see great solidarity in the times ahead.

We may be stopped from physically sharing shows with you but there are still stories to be experienced and artists’ voices to be heard. We have the power to ripple through borders and barriers to make and share work across the nation. Please know this is still a major priority for us and we are committed to using new and existing digital platforms through which to do so.

We send great strength and are here with love and support. We will be honouring existing relationships and looking at how we continue to create new opportunities and support as many as we can through this unpredictable time.

We’ve been told to ‘be the leaders you want to see’, and we are seeing so much incredible leadership out there. We may not always get it right but we pledge to be open, brave and try our best.

With love

Katie and Charlotte x



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 Liverpool or Lyme Regis, Brighton or Berwick-Upon-Tweed, 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 150 new productions by world renowned playwrights like Stephen Jeffreys, Abi Morgan, Sarah Kane, Mark Ravenhill, Dennis Kelly, Mike Bartlett, Kate Tempest and Vinay Patel. We’ve toured those plays to hundreds of places from Bristol to Belfast to Brisbane.

"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.

Our Programme 2020 premieres the best new British plays touring the length and breadth of the UK in theatres, clubs and pubs everywhere from city centres to seaside towns. ROUNDABOUT hosts a jam-packed Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme and brings mini-festivals to each stop on its nationwide tour. Our COME TO WHERE I’M FROM app features 180 short audio plays available to download free from the App Store and GooglePlay.

"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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