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There are a number of routes to getting your work on the stage at the ORL. We programme full-runs of between 3 and 4 weeks, as well as shorter runs. For longer runs, we tend to plan up to 6 months in advance, sometimes longer.


We are particularly interested in New Work and Re-Interpretations of plays we might not have seen for a while.

To propose a new project for one of our seasons, we require the following information:

  • Information about your creative and production team
  • A copy of the most recent draft of the script (if one exists)
  • A brief outline of the project and why it excites you
  • Whether the project has some funding in place
  • Preferred dates and length of run
  • Any reviews from previous work
  • An answer to the question, “Why the ORL?”

Send your proposal to Katy Danbury -

Please allow 4 weeks for your proposal to be read and processed. We are not able to provide feedback on submissions other than whether or not it is suitable for our programming.

Priority must be given to projects that already have a production and/or funding in place.




"Working at the Old Red Lion always makes for an incredible experience. As well as the beauty of the space itself, the close relationship between the theatre and the pub really makes a production feel at home. The friendliness and support of the pub staff, coupled with the attentive and steady hand of Theatre Manager Katy Danbury, make it very difficult to worry about any of the little things which might go awry in the course of putting on a show. The Old Red Lion was the perfect home for Great Expectations, and we’re all very excited at the thought of working there again sometime soon."

- tom crowley - writer/director of the 2017 christmas show great expectations


"The Old Red Lion was a perfect venue for our play. The space is beautifully intimate and well cared for. It is also so central and has a great following. You will be in safe hands with Katy and Helen who were wonderful in helping us with everything we needed, and sorted any problems we had straight away. We were at the theatre for a three week run, and every day was a pleasure. The whole show was a fantastic success. The Old Red Lion was worth every penny. Thank you!"

- holly donovan - performer/producer of november 2017's no place like hope




We have a Literary Department that engages with new plays that are currently un-attached and un-funded.

If you are a writer, with a new play that you feel might suit the ORL, have a read of our Literary page, and send us a copy.

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