The Linbury Prize is the UK's most prestigious award for Stage Design.

A unique opportunity for graduating designers, the Prize offers twelve finalists the chance to work with some of the UK's leading theatre, opera and dance companies.

Four winners will be selected, each of whom will gain a professional commission and win a cash prize.


Submissions are now open with a deadline of Monday 1 July 2019.

If you are submitting a portfolio please make sure you note the following:

  • Your Portfolio can be A3 or A2 size only
  • You should complete and include the cover sheet, see candidates information
  • Your name should be on the outside of the Portfolio only
  • You can include no more than 12 pages (up to 24 sides)
  • You can label the work inside with details of the production, venue and other contributors. Do not include your name on the work inside the portfolio.

To submit your portfolio you can post it to this address:

Linbury Prize for Stage Design, Design Studio, Max Rayne Centre, National Theatre, South Bank, Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PX

If you want to hand deliver your portfolio you must make an appointment by contacting Nadia Lakhani on n.lakhani@nationaltheatre.org.uk or 0207 452 3741.

If selected, first interviews will be on either 17 or 18 July and second interviews will be on 25 July. All will be at the National Theatre in London and appropriate travel (within the UK) will be covered by the Linbury Prize.

Read about one winner's experience of Linbury Prize, from application to announcement.

Latest News


Candidates for the Linbury Prize can start submitting their portfolios from Wednesday 1 May. Deadline for submissions is Monday 1 Jul 2019.

The Commissioning Companies for the Linbury Prize for Stage Deisgn 2019 have been chosen. Announcement of the companies will follow shortly.  

Submissions will be accepted from Wed 1 May 2019 and the closing date is Monday 1 July 2019. For more information, click here.