about us

what we do & the team

Supporting and nurturing young people through theatre is, and always will be, at the heart of Masterclass. As the in-house education charity of the Theatre Royal Haymarket, for the past 20 years we have been dedicated to opening up this beautiful and historic building as a resource for young people so they can gain hands-on experiences through theatre.

Our charitable objectives are to advance the education of young people aged 16 – 30 by promoting the study of drama and in particular the art and craft of theatre.

Our programme is a mix of inspiring and empowering talks with leading industry figures, onstage workshops, careers advice sessions, creative opportunities and paid apprenticeships for young people aged 16 – 30.

We are devoted to using theatre as a platform to build confidence, strengthen self-esteem, nurture creativity and develop business and life skills in young people –the talent of the future.

Winner - 2018 Security Serious Unsung Heroes Awards - Standout Security Awareness Campaign (Cyberscene)
Nominee - 2012 Third Sector Excellence Award for Charity Partnership (Royal British Legion and Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust)
Winner - 2012 Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award (The Two Worlds of Charlie F)

Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust is a registered charity (no.1159840). To view our annual accounts and our Charity Commission page, click here.

the team

Blayne George
Programme Director 

Hazel Kerr

Ellen Walpole
​Press & Marketing Manager

Charlotte Wallis
Programming & Development Assistant


our patrons

Dame Judi Dench
Sir David Hare
Maureen Lipman CBE
Elaine Paige OBE

development board

Fiona Arghebant
Moria Beattie
Susan Bliss
Josephine Bonfield
William Differ
Katy Egan
Jeanne Mandry
Becky Purves
Suellen Richmond
Fiona Williams


the masterclasses

We programme a regular series of workshops and open Q&A sessions with leading voices across the theatre, television and film industries. Each of our speakers gives up their time for free to share their professional experiences as actors, directors, producers, designers and playwrights.

The Masterclasses are generously supported by
The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, The Boris Karloff Charitable Foundation, Garrick Charitable Trust, The Werth Trust in memory of Lawrence Werth

Our current Masterclass are:
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pitch your play

pitch your play

The Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust's Pitch Your Play scheme invites young theatre makers (aged 16-30) to pitch a new play to a panel of industry professionals. Three successful pitches are given office space and 4 weeks admin and marketing support here at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, working with the Masterclass team to produce your staged reading. In addition, each winning team will receive access to our West End stage in order to rehearse and stage your reading, culminating in an exclusive opportunity to showcase your work in a West End venue to an audience of friends, family, colleagues and invited industry professionals.

How to Apply

Submissions for Pitch Your Play are currently closed.

Watch this space and sign up to our newsletter (via the form in the footer) for the very latest on upcoming opportunities.

Pitch Your Play 2018

Thank you so, so much to everyone who took the time to apply for Pitch Your Play 2018. We thoroughly loved reading each of the nearly 200 submissions we received. It made us incredibly proud to see such wonderful, talented theatre makers with cutting-edge, politically charged ideas which will no doubt shape the future of our industry.  

Our winning pitches for 2018 were Penny's From Huddersfield by Wendy Dickinson, Zombiegate by Matthew Gabrielli and Passing by Indigo Griffiths.

2018 Selected Scripts:
Penny’s From Huddersfield by Wendy Dickinson
Zombiegate by Matthew Gabrielli
Passing by Indigo Griffiths

2018 Shortlisted Scripts
The Promise by Brad Birch, Adam Foster & Andrew Whyment
Homo Superior by Megan Fellows
Miles by Eilidh Nurse

2018 Longlisted Scripts
Out of Love by Tania Amsel  
Sugar Pills 
by Amy Blakelock
My Freedom 
by Dipo Baruwa-Etti
An Informal Confession
by Ryan Bradley Smith
Someone’s Final Song
by Marcus Clayton
by Hal Coase
Day Is Coming 
by John Currivan
A Free State Of Rathlin
by Oliver Doone
One Night Far From Here 
by Daniel Foxsmith
Zahra’s Letters 
by Zakaria Ismail
Still Here 
by Ryan Leder
by Lydia Marchant    
The Wendy House
by Sarah Milton
by Katie Redford      
Trying Women 
by Tanya Reynolds
by Layla Shirley
Beautiful Voices 
by Tom Stuchfield

We launched Pitch Your Play in 2013 as an education opportunity to foster and nurture the work of writers, directors, producers and actors aged 16-30.

Past participant Emma Whipday spoke to Masterclass about winning Pitch Your Play 2015 and explains how it has helped further her career, even taking her to America! Click here to watch the video

The Masterclass Pitch Your Play Scheme is generously supported by The Noël Coward Foundation and the Vernon Charitable Trust.

past events

apprentice scheme

the apprentice scheme

Our Apprentice Scheme is a unique, paid initiative that enables people interested in furthering their career in the non-performance side of the industry to experience working on a large-scale West End production...

Our apprentice scheme offers you the chance to work alongside seasoned professionals from the industry, develop life skills in addition to job specific skills and, most importantly, we give you the chance to earn while you learn. All of our apprentices are paid opportunities that allow you to learn on the job through hands on experience. 

To date we have placed 28 apprentices on West End and major UK productions working in directing, stage management, lighting and design.  

At the end of each placement our apprentices may have the opportunity to work together to stage, produce and cast their own showcase performance in front of an invited industry audience, here, at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Read about our 2016 Apprentice's and their showcase here

We currently have no apprenticeships available for 2019.
Watch this space and sign up to our newsletter (via the form in the footer) for the very latest on upcoming opportunities.

See our apprentice alumni here.



Cookies played the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 29th October for two performances only and was commissioned as part of the award-winning Cyberscene Project; an inspirational theatre initiative which supports the health and wellbeing of young people affected by cyber bullying and other online issues. Cyberscene was created by Masterclass in partnership with the Pureland Foundation and children’s charity Kidscape.

For further information on Cookies and our extensive educational resources, click below.

A new play by Emily Jenkins
Directed by Anna Ledwich

Inspired by the true, heartfelt online stories of students, Cookies follows seven teenagers dealing with the effects of sexting, radicalisation, cyber bullying and our wider digital world…

Sosa, a tough, gay, streetwise Londoner finds solace in the tunes of her favourite rap artist, but her online world comes crashing down when she finally meets her idol.

Eva, an aspiring vlogger, splits with avid gamer Simon and is forced to deal with the devastating effects of sexting and repetitive online abuse.

Salena, infatuated with pop star Zayn Malik, starts an online friendship with another faceless superfan. As a result of their conversations the young Muslim woman begins to grapple with her faith and is persuaded to make a long journey to an unknown fate.

Written by Award-winning playwright Emily Jenkins and directed by Olivier Award nominee Anna Ledwich, Cookies takes us on an astonishing digital journey which promises to redefine how we perceive our online world.

To purchase a copy of the play text, published by Samuel French, click here.

If you or someone you know is experiencing cyber bullying and you would like some additional support please visit our partner Kidscape’s website for further guidance.


Previous Community Projects
Masterclass' previous community projects include The Bravo 22 Company, a pioneering theatre recovery project for wounded, injured and sick Service personnel created in partnership with the Royal British Legion and the Play Project which supported children and young adults at Great Ormond Street Hospital School and Richard House Hospice.



TheatreCraft is a free one day ‘behind the scenes’ skills fair which demonstrates the richness and diversity of the theatre as a place of employment and training for young people interested in the non-performance side of the business.

For more information, please visit the TheatreCraft website here.

Please see below for TheatreCraft 2018's event programme!

TheatreCraft was created by Masterclass in 2003 and is now run in partnership with the Society of London Theatre, the Royal Opera House, Mousetrap Theatre Projects and Creative & Cultural skills.

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