Beth Steel
Beth Steel

2021 Finalist

The House of Shades

Synopsis: The House of Shades tells the story of the Webster family across five decades. It is a haunted and bloody saga of a family at war with themselves and the times they live in.

Cast Breakdown: 5 MEN, 7 WOMEN

Set/Costume Requirements: the setting is domestic; the staging can be bare or elaborate, very few costumes or many.


Agent: Jennie Miller, Independent Talent Group

Play service: The play will be published by Faber

Bio: Beth’s first play Ditch premiered at the HighTide Festival before transferring to the Old Vic Tunnels for a six week run. Ditch was shortlisted for the John Whiting Award. Wonderland, Beth Steel’s critically acclaimed second play, opened June 20th 2014 at the Hampstead Theatre on the main stage with Edward Hall directing. Wonderland was broadcast live worldwide through the Guardian website, and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Beth was awarded the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2014. Labyrinth Beth Steel’s third play, opened September 1st 2016 at the Hampstead Theatre on the main stage, directed by Anna Ledwich. The run of Beth Steel’s fourth play, The House of Shades, at the Almeida Theatre, is currently postponed due to the Coronavirus public health crisis.