Pitching for OTG’s spring show at Oxford Playhouse, 1 – 6 April 2025

After a hugely successful run of The Importance of Being Earnest, we are inviting pitches from potential directors to direct our coveted slot at Oxford Playhouse. Amateur cast and crew are always keen to work at this wonderful 600-seater theatre and we are looking for plays that will appeal to a wide audience and sell well.

We have looked at our best-selling shows over the last twenty years and have attached the list. It is clear from this that classic shows with a wide name recognition are generally more successful. Please bear this in mind when choosing a play to pitch. We are not looking for Shakespeare for this slot.

To help you decide on a play to pitch for our 2025 OP week, see this list of potential classic plays//adaptations we and OP think would sell well – these are suggestions only, feel free to come up with your own ideas. Please note, we cannot perform Concord Theatricals licenced plays due to affordability.

We are often asked about what experience we are looking for from potential directors for OP shows – as a guide we would say that you should be able to demonstrate experience of directing shows for commercial/community theatres, not necessarily at OP.

Adapted from the classic film by Mary Elliot Nelson - It’s a Wonderful Life

Arthur Miller – Death of a Salesman

Federico Garcia Lorca – Yerma, Blood Wedding, The House of Bernarda Alba

George Bernard Shaw - Pygmalion, Major Barbara

Jane Austen - adapted by Zoe Cooper – Northanger Abbey

Jules Verne adapted by Laura Eason - Around the World in 80 days

Oscar Wilde - Lady Windermere’s Fan, An ideal husband

P G Wodehouse - Leave it to Psmith, Jeeves & Wooster

Wilkie Collins - The Moonstone, The Woman in White

 

Please email pitches@oxfordtheatreguild.com with your ideas by end of the day on Sunday 23 June.

Click the button below for more information on how to pitch.

For further guidance on selecting a play, you can also see a list of OTG's top sellers at the Oxford Playhouse since 1997 below.