The Women’s Prize for Playwriting was founded in 2019 by Ellie Keel in partnership with Paines Plough.

The Women’s Prize for Playwriting

Founder and Director: Ellie Keel 

Associate Producer: Gabrielle Leadbeater

Paines Plough

Paines Plough is the UK’s national theatre of new plays. The company commissions and produces the best playwrights and tours their plays far and wide. Whether you’re in Liverpool or Lyme Regis, Scarborough or Southampton, a Paines Plough show is coming to a theatre near you soon.

Paines Plough was formed in 1974 over a pint of Paines bitter in the Plough pub. Since then they’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.

Paines Plough Limited is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity.
Registered Company no: 1165130
Registered Charity no: 267523


Company Structure

Joint Artistic Directors and CEOs
Charlotte Bennett and Katie Posner

Executive Producer
Holly Gladwell

Matt Maltby

Finance and Administration Manager
Svetlana Karadimova

Technical Director
Colin Everitt

Associate Producer
Christabel Holmes

Marketing and Audience Development Manager
Jo Langdon


Daniella Finch

Literary and Production Assistant
Phillippe Cato

Marketing Assistant
Adam Poland

The Big Room Playwright Fellow
Vickie Donoghue

The Big Room Playwright Bursary recipient
Ric Renton

Trainee Director
Kaleya Baxe

Board of Directors

Ankur Bahl
Corey Campbell
Kim Grant (Chair)
Asma Hussain
Tarek Iskander
Matthew Littleford
Sarah Mansell
Christopher Millard
Cindy Polemis
Carolyn Saunders
Wojtek Trzcinski
Laura Wade


The partners of The Women’s Prize for Playwriting 2021 are:


45North champions, develops, and produces outstanding work by femxle-identifying and non-binary artists. Founded in October 2019 and led by the very best creative teams from a variety of performing and producing backgrounds, 45North continues to reinvest in emerging artists who are beginning and expanding their practices. We commit to maintaining creative teams of no less than 75% femxle-identifying or non-binary people, working to bring inclusive and exciting new theatre and events to London, Edinburgh, across the UK and internationally. Selected credits include Post-Mortem by Iskandar Sharazuddin (Edinburgh, The Blue Room, and Holden Street Theatre), (un)written (un)heard devised by the company and directed by Jessica Rose McVay (FRINGE WORLD-Winner of the Physical Theatre and Dance Award), and MEAT by Gillian Greer (Theatre503).

Creative Director and CEO: Jessica Rose McVay
Creative Producer for Theatre: Emily Carewe
Creative Producer for Events: Gabrielle Leadbeater


SONIA FRIEDMAN PRODUCTIONS (SFP) is an international production company responsible for some of the most successful theatre productions in London and New York.

Since 1990, SFP has developed, initiated and produced over 170 new productions and together the company has won a staggering 58 Olivier Awards, 30 Tonys and 2 BAFTAs.

In 2019, Sonia Friedman OBE was awarded ‘Producer of the Year’ at the Stage Awards for a record breaking fourth time. In 2018, Friedman was also featured in TIME 100, a list of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2017 she took the number one spot in ‘The Stage 100’, becoming the first number one in the history of the compilation not to own or operate West End theatres and the first solo woman for almost 20 years.

Current productions include: the UK premiere of The Book of Mormon, West End and UK & European Tour, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London, New York, Melbourne, San Francisco & Hamburg, Mean Girls  US Tour, and the world premiere of Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt at Wyndham’s Theatre, London.

Forthcoming productions include: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in Toronto & Tokyo, To Kill a Mockingbird at the Gielgud Theatre, London, Walden, J’Ouvert and Anna X as part of the RE:EMERGE Season at the Harold Pinter Theatre, The Shark is Broken at the Ambassadors Theatre, London,, Dreamgirls UK Tour and Oedipus.

Previous theatre productions include: Mean Girls (Broadway), Fiddler on the Roof, Rosmersholm, The Ferryman, The Inheritance, Summer and Smoke, Dreamgirls, The JungleAll About Eve, Consent, The Birthday Party, Ink, Hamlet starring Andrew Scott, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?TravestiesThe Glass MenagerieNice FishA Christmas CarolFunny GirlFarinelli and The King, Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch, 1984, Sunny AfternoonBend It Like BeckhamThe NetherThe RiverElectraKing Charles IIIShakespeare in LoveGhostsMojoChimericaMerrily We Roll AlongOld TimesTwelfth Night and Richard IIIA Chorus of DisapprovalThe Sunshine BoysHay FeverAbsent FriendsTop GirlsBetrayalMuch Ado About Nothing, Clybourne ParkThe Children’s HourA Flea in Her EarLa BêteAll My SonsPrivate LivesJerusalemA Little Night MusicLegally BlondeOthelloArcadiaThe MountaintopThe Norman ConquestsA View From the BridgeDancing at LughnasaMaria Friedman: Re-ArrangedLa Cage aux FollesNo Man’s LandThe SeagullUnder the Blue SkyThat FaceDealer’s ChoiceHergés Adventures of TintinIn CelebrationBoeing-BoeingThe Dumb WaiterRock ‘n’ RollLove SongFaith HealerBentEh JoeDonkeys’ YearsOtherwise EngagedCelebrationShoot the CrowAs You Like ItThe Home PlaceWhose Life Is It Anyway?, By the Bog of CatsThe Woman in WhiteGuantanamo: ‘Honor Bound to Defend Freedom’EndgameJumpersSee You Next Tuesday, Hitchcock BlondeAbsolutely! {Perhaps}Sexual Perversity in ChicagoRagtime, MacbethWhat the Night Is ForAfterplayUp for GrabsA Day in the Death of Joe EggNoises OffOn an Average DayA Servant to Two MastersPort AuthoritySpoonface Steinberg and Speed-The-Plow.

TV productions include BBC’s Wolf Hall (co-producer), The Dresser (Exec Producer) and King Lear with Anthony Hopkins (Exec Producer).

For full details of SFP’s theatre productions, please visit soniafriedman.com.