Stage One supports new UK theatre producers and productions, and is committed to securing the future of commercial theatre through educational and investment schemes.

If you are an aspiring theatre producer, Stage One can help get you onto the first rung of your career ladder, and turn your entrepreneurial ideas and ambitions into reality. Stage One is a charity and our work would not be possible without the support of the Society of London Theatre and many generous individuals, businesses, trusts and foundations. 

New Producers


The education programme aims to support emerging producers at every stage of their career development.

Stage One's development programme comprises of Workshops, Apprenticeships, Bursaries, Networking events and provides overall support for producers throughout their careers. It is delivered by industry professionals to ensure we encourage best practice. 

Check out our new video below to find out more about the Stage One Workshop.


Production Backing & Support

As a charity Stage One receives financial support from the industry via the Theatre Investment Fund voluntary ticket levy.

This, together with an annual donation from SOLT, forms an endowment which finances Stage One’s overheads and enables the charity to support producers by making investments in new productions. We can invest up to 10% of the capitalisation of the production; but investment is limited to a maximum of £20,000.

The Play That Goes Wrong

Neville's Island

The Scottsboro Boys

Start Up Fund

Supported Productions

The Start-Up Fund is an investment scheme that aims to kick-start the careers of outstanding new commercial theatre producers.

Individuals with less than two commercial credit to their name can apply for up to £50,000 investment into one of their first West End or commercial touring productions. The fund is supported by donors, trusts and businesses that care about the future of commercial theatre.

'We have always tried to put a little something back into the very roots of the business that supports us as a company. As with most SME's we don't have an exhaustive budget for sponsorship but I believe what Stage One is doing is vital to the lifeblood of UK Theatre.'
Nick Dooner, Luckings Transport

Image: Lee Evans and Sheila Hancock star in BARKING IN ESSEX, produced by Start-Up recipient James Quaife. Photography by Alastair Muir



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