MAY 2023

When: Thursday 25th and Friday 26th May
Where: Oxford Playhouse
Musical Theatre NetworkMercury Musical Developments and Oxford Playhouse are delighted to announce that BEAM2023 will take place on Thursday 25th & Friday 26th May 2023.

BEAM is the UK’s industry showcase of new musical theatre. There will be excerpt presentations from 29 of the most exciting new musicals in development, selected from 265 pitches at pitching days around the UK and showcasing a variety of subjects, styles and stages of development. BEAM is the largest gathering of the new musical theatre community and will also feature panel discussions, interactive workshops and networking.
We look forward to welcoming new and returning BEAM attendees to Oxford in May. Please save the date – tickets on sale soon!


Zara Nunn

Zara Nunn

Composer / Writer

“I’m still experiencing the benefits of participating at BEAM two years on. During the event I was approached by (among others) three producers, two directors, three artistic directors and an agent, none of whom had met me or heard my work before. That led to many meetings, networking opportunities, a musical theatre writing residency, rehearsal space support, agent representation (very excitingly) and so much more. The exposure I received at BEAM helped to boost my profile and contributed enormously to my receiving an award from the PRS for Music Foundation Open Fund.”

Jim Barne & Kit Buchan

Jim Barne & Kit Buchan

Composer & Lyricist/Librettist

After our showcase of ‘The Season’ at BEAM 2018 we found ourselves in conversation with several theatres and producers – conversations we could otherwise never have hoped to hold. As a result, two independent producers agreed to collaborate on the show, which will now receive its first production at Royal & Derngate, Northampton, and New Wolsey, Ipswich, in November 2019. We also secured an agent off the back of the event and subsequently won the Stiles & Drewe Mentorship Award 2018 – a monumental injection of energy which we might not have even applied for without the confidence and encouragement we derived from BEAM. It is almost impossible to exaggerate the significance that moment had on our careers. BEAM has inspired much-needed confidence in the potential of our material, and our ability to produce professional, individual work.”

Mark Shenton

Mark Shenton

The Stage

"I’ve never felt a buzz quite like it... while new writing of plays thrives in theatres up and down the land, there’s hardly ever been a truly co-ordinated attempt to develop and promote new musicals from the ground up. Until now... What BEAM2016 did was bring writers and supporters of new musicals to the same party – and make them part of a community... It was an inspiring event – and a provocative one. The future of British musicals may well have been born in those two days."


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