About Start Up

The Start-Up Fund is an investment scheme that aims to kick-start the careers of outstanding new commercial theatre producers by awarding them up tp £50,000 investment into one of their first West End or commercial touring productions. We only award the Start-Up investment to Stage One alumni - emerging producers who have already attended a Stage One Workshop, been awarded a bursary or have completed an apprenticeship.

The Start Up Investment has to be matched with additional investment raised by the new producer. Applicants will not normally have more than 2 commercial productions to their name. If the annual funds have been spent, the scheme will be closed for applications until the start of the next cycle.

The scheme is currently open for applications.

Stage One recently announced a £50,000 Start Up investment to James Quaife for the forthcoming production of Barking In Essex. The comedy, co-produced with MJE Productions, stars Lee Evans, Sheila Hancock, Keeley Hawes, Karl Johnson and Montserrat Lombard and will open at the Wyndham's Theatre this Autumn. www.barkinginessex.co.uk

'It is heartening to know that so much is being done to ensure that the lifeblood of theatre continues to flow.'
Alastair Simpson, Kirwin & Simpson