According to copyright law, without prior written agreement from the interested party or his/her agent, a copyrighted theatrical work cannot be reproduced in full; in the form of extracts or a free adaptation; at commercial (paying audience) or non-commercial (free admission) events. Regarding theatre productions, this agreement must be obtained before any kind of performance rehearsals can begin. It can happen that the rights to a particular work are not available because they have already been reserved or have been given exclusively to another production. For this reason, it is in your interest to check the status of the rights before planning any productions! It is vital to be certain that you have permission before beginning rehearsals or promoting a production.
2. How can I get permission to put on a production of a copyrighted play?
Please send a request via email to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will contact you and, in order to draw up a copyright contract, we will ask for some information and details about the planned production, such as: the cast, approximate number of reproductions and dates, where you are planning to stage the production.
3. When do I have to make a request to obtain permission?
The request to obtain permission must be made at the initial planning stage: at least four months before opening night. We advise a minimum of six months in the event that an adaptation needs to be assessed.
In any case, we strongly advise waiting until permission has been granted to promote and rehearse the play. Despite our best efforts, the rights may not be available and the production would be prohibited as a result.
4. What are the general conditions of use for a copyrighted work?
The conditions of use for a copyrighted work include agreements, such as the duration of the contract, renewability terms, the payment of an advance, a minimum guaranteed per performance, and so on. It also includes artistic agreements, such as the translation to be used (should it exist), or to be agreed on if the text is unpublished, the director, cast, and so on.
The conditions differ depending on multiple factors: above all, the playwright and the instructions that he/she may have set out for the stage production of his/her written work.
Additionally, other factors need to be considered, including type of production, distribution, seating capacity and ticket price.
It is always necessary to make a preliminary enquiry as the playwright or primary agent could have different and specific terms depending on the text and how it will be used.
For more information, do not hesitate to send us a request via email or a message via our Contact page.