BEAM is a key part of both organisations’ mission to support the development of new musical theatre. It consists of a two day showcase event, preceded by a series of pitching days through which new work and artists are identified. BEAM is designed to encourage and develop musical theatre across the UK, identifying and supporting diverse art form development, connecting practitioners and finding champions for original work.
A biennial industry showcase of new British musical theatre.
The most extensive overview of the new writing landscape of British musicals, with presentations of/excerpts from 58 new works, by their writers or producers, selected from pitching days held around the UK.
Intended to efficiently give access to the most exciting writers of, and ideas for, new British musicals – particularly for those venues and producers with resources to develop new musicals.
A marketplace and networking opportunity for those wanting to develop, produce, or support brilliant new British musicals.
Those who attended BEAM2016 likened it to a “Woodstock moment” for new British musicals, as there was such a buzz generated around the quality and diversity of talent showcased. Those presenting work praised the non-competitive, supportive environment where they could present alongside peers, and move forward with a renewed sense of community and pride in the new writing sector of British musicals.
The event trended on Twitter for three days, and over 60% of the new musicals showcased went on to be produced or further developed, mostly with support found at BEAM. Whether you’re a writer, producer or supporter of new British musical theatre, you will want to be part of BEAM2018 at Theatre Royal Stratford East on 1st – 2nd March 2018.
How it all works:
If you’re a writer or artist you can find out about the Pitching Days here
If you’re a producer, venue, programmer or wish to attend BEAM click here.
If you wish to support those artists presenting at BEAM as a sponsor click here.
BEAM is co-produced by Musical Theatre Network & Mercury Musical Developments, with funding support from Arts Council England and PRS for Music Foundation.
Musical Theatre Network is a membership organisation with a mission to create the environment that allows new musical theatre to flourish. We have a passion for work that takes a fresh look at the form and a commitment to stimulate and support a new generation of talented artists through our national networks.
Membership is open to anyone working professionally in musical theatre and provides access to a huge range of networks, advice, events and opportunities. Come and join our fast-growing community of independent producers, directors and writers alongside the likes of ATG, Curve Theatre, Bill Kenwright Ltd, and Jamie Wilson Productions. Come and help us shape the future of musical theatre in Britain.
Mercury Musical Developments is the UK’s only membership organisation dedicated to developing new musical theatre writing.
We nurture and support the work of bookwriters, lyricists and composers through a series of initiatives including workshops, masterclasses and showcasing opportunities. Join our growing community of over 400 members and be part of the conversation shaping the future of musical theatre writing.