BEAM shines light on 29 new musicals in May

After searching the entire UK for new musical talent and watching 265 pitches, Mercury Musical Developments have now announced the 29 new musicals which have been selected to showcase at BEAM2023, which will happen at Oxford Playhouse on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th May, running from 10am to 6pm on both days. One ticket gives you access to both days.

This is great opportunity to support new and emerging work! You can find out more and buy tickets here


Mercury Musical Developments’ online round table discussion for musical producers

A valuable opportunity for musical producers to come together, share knowledge and contribute to the sector’s recovery is presented by Musical Theatre Network’s next Producers Round Table which will be available online, from 3-4.30pm on Thursday 30th March.

This is a peer-to-peer discussion between those actively producing new musical theatre. It’s an opportunity to share insights and discuss future opportunities. How are prospects for staging new musicals evolving as we move out of the pandemic, and position shows for audiences living through financially challenging times? How is new work best selected? Is the development pipeline serving producers’ needs? Are new approaches to financing needed?

Initial thoughts will be shared by producers including Katy Lipson (Aria Entertainment), Juliet Forster (York Theatre Royal), Frankie Dailey (USA’s National Alliance for Musical Theatre), Joey Monda (Sing Out, Louise! Productions), and Rob Hartman (Fredericia Musical Teater, Denmark), and the rest of the session will be debate and peer-to-peer sharing, and an opportunity to refresh connections.

This session is free to attend for MTN members and non-members alike. To receive the zoom link to join the event, register here


Musical Theatre Conference returns to in-person gatherings this year

On Monday, 16 May 11:00am – 6:00pm BST at Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street, Southside B5 4TB, the UK Musical Theatre Conference returns to being a live, in-person only event after two years of Covid restrictions.

This year the theme is ‘Worlds to change and worlds to win’ – New musical theatre for our times

This is the UK’s main Conference event focusing on the musical theatre sector and art form in the UK, and is an invaluable way to network and gain an overview of musical theatre in the UK.

It’s shaping up to be an exciting gathering, with confirmed speakers so far including artistic director Suba Das (Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Theatres), rapaturg Gerel Falconer (‘Black Power Desk’), writers Francesca Forristal and Jordan Clarke (‘Public Domain’), producer Ameena Hamid (‘The Wiz’), academic Pamela Karantonis (Goldsmiths), director Angharad Lee (‘The Last 5 Years’), creative Meg McGrady (‘The Phase’), writer Leo Mercer (‘Guy’), director Kerry Michael MBE (‘Tommy’), legal expert Stephen Pidcock (Clintons Solicitors), producer Chris Sudworth (Birmingham Hippodrome), writer Rachel Victor-Sampson (‘Royals & Rebels’), composer Tim Sutton (‘To the Streets!’) and writer DJ Walde (‘Sylvia’).

After two years of almost all MMD and MTN’s events being held online, we are planning the 2022 UK Musical Theatre Conference as a solely in-person event. This is in keeping with past Conferences and the rare opportunity they offer for gathering together those focused on new musical theatre in the UK, to network and connect in the breaks as well as debate during the formal sessions.

This year’s Conference will look at areas where musical theatre is making a difference within the performing arts and wider society, and poised to make more significant impacts over the next decade. For surely this is a time when the world needs more musical theatre. At this stage we expect session topics to include how musical theatre can engage audiences with the climate crisis, musical theatre that amplifies the voices of particular communities, adapting real life stories for musical theatre, and evolving approaches to making musical theatre more inclusive. Further details and speakers to be announced soon.

Booking gives attendees access in person to dedicated networking sessions (10-11am and 5.15-6.15pm) with musical theatre industry peers, and to the conference sessions (11am-1.30pm and 3-5.15pm), with further networking opportunities over lunch, which will be provided at the venue thanks to conference sponsors.

The 2022 UK Musical Theatre Conference is brought to you by Musical Theatre Network and Mercury Musical Developments, in association with Birmingham Hippodrome. Concord Theatricals are lead sponsor of the 2022 UK Musical Theatre Conference, and Theatrical Rights Worldwide as session sponsors. Thanks also to Birmingham Hippodrome as venue partner, and to Arts Council England for their core funding of Musical Theatre Network and Mercury Musical Developments as co-producers of the Conference.

For ticket and event information, click here