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"Theatre Uncut isn't just a performance, it's an idea: that theatre can be immediately responsive to world events, engender discussion and effect change." Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

The idea is simple. We ask leading playwrights to respond to the current political situation by writing short plays.

We then make these available for anyone to perform anywhere rights free.

Over the past 4 years Theatre Uncut plays have been performed by over 6,000 people in 19 countries across 4 continents.

NEW PLAYS JUST ANNOUNCED - Walking the Tightrope: The tension between arts and politics


Theatre Uncut has joined forces with Offstage Theatre and Theatre Delicatessen to create Walking the Tightrope, a selection of 12 short plays exploring freedom of expression in the UK arts. These plays are written in response to issues of censorship and boycott that arose due to the cancellation of cultural events at the Underbelly, Barbican and the Tricycle in 2014. 

We are honoured to have such a stellar group of writers who have contributed:

Caryl Churchill, Ryan Craig, April De Angelis, Tim Fountain, Hannah Khalil, Neil LaBute, Hattie Naylor, Gbolahan Obisesan, Julia Pascal, Evan Placey, Mark Ravenhill and Sarah Solemani.

These plays will be premiered at the new Theatre Delicatessen base in the old Guardian Offices in Farringdon, from the 26th Jan to 1st Feb 2015.

We expect a high turnout so book your tickets soon to ensure a seat.

Each performance will be followed by a discussion with invited guests.


Selected plays from the Walking the Tightrope project will also be available for anyone anywhere to read and perform, rights-free during the period 2nd to 9th February 2015.

The plays will be available to download from the Theatre Uncut website from the morning of 2nd Feb.



Thank you to everyone who got involved with Theatre Uncut 2014. We had a record number of participants. This year's plays were downloaded by 382 people in 26 different countries.

Here's a map of everywhere the plays have been read and performed:



The Theatre Uncut team work hard year-round to make these plays available for people all over the world to perform rights-free, so if you are able to make a donation towards our continued work it would be deeply appreciated. 

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"21st century theatre at the raw peak of its powers doing exactly what it does best." Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman

Winner of the Fringe First 2012 & 2013, Herald Angel and Spirit of the Fringe awards and shortlisted for the Amnesty International Freedom of Speech Award at the Edinburgh Fringe 2012.