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Shortlist announced for the 2017 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting

Awards Ceremony: 13 November 2017

For the first time in its eleven year history, the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting announced its shortlist for the prestigious Prize. The 2017 winning scripts will be announced at an award ceremony hosted by BBC news presenter Naga Munchetty on the 13 November at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.

The ten shortlisted scripts were selected from 1,898 original plays that were submitted to the Prize this year. Each playwright enters their play under a pseudonym, creating an equal opportunity for writers of any background and experience to enter. The final ten are then judged and debated by a prestigious panel of top industry figures.

The biennial Prize is a partnership between the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester and family-owned property company, Bruntwood and highlights the importance of new writing for theatre and the value of nurturing playwrights and their craft. The total prize fund is £40,000 and each of the winners will enter into a development process with the Royal Exchange Theatre.

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