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'A little gem of the artistic calendar in Britain' The Telegraph, May 2013
'It felt like watching the birth of an exciting new talent – just what you’d hope to see at HighTide' The Independent, May 2013


HighTide Festival Theatre is a national theatre company and engine room for the discovery, development and production of exceptional new playwrights.

Under Artistic Director Steven Atkinson, the annual HighTide Festival in Suffolk has become one of the UK's leading theatre events. HighTide's productions premiere at the festival and then many have transferred nationally and internationally in partnerships with co-producers including the Bush Theatre (2008, 2009 & 2012), National Theatre (2009), Old Vic Theatre (2010), Ambassador Theatre Group / West End (2011), Headlong Theatre, Soho Theatre, Nuffield Theatre Southampton, macrobert, BAC, People's Palace Projects and Theatre503 (2012), to the Edinburgh Festival (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013) and internationally with the Australian National Play Festival (2010) and Public Theater, New York (2012).   

HighTide receives, considers and produces new plays from all around the world. Every play is read and the festival is an eclectic mix of theatre across several venues in Halesworth, Suffolk. Our artistic team and Literary Department are proud to develop all the work we produce and we offer bespoke development opportunities for playwrights throughout the year. 

HighTide Festival Theatre is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.


How to Submit a Play

To send us your play, you need to respond to bi-annual brief on the IdeasTap site; each brief is open for a period of one month. If you haven’t already set up an IdeasTap profile, you can do that here. Your play will then be downloaded by the Literary Department and then logged for reading by our Artistic Director and associates. For full details on submitting your play please see the SUBMIT A PLAY page.

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How To Submit a play to HighTide


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