By sponsoring BEAM2018 your company has the opportunity to reach approximately 300 of the top industry decision makers in UK Theatre. For two days key theatre figures will be gathered together for this unprecedented, industry-only event. You will also be supporting the artists who are shaping the future of British musical theatre.


BEAM2018 is a biennial two-day event which will be held the Theatre Royal Stratford East, London in March 2018.  In order for the UK to remain a center of excellent and innovative musical theatre we need to strategically support new writers, encourage industry collaboration and raise awareness of the breadth of work being created. BEAM is designed to do this. The work will be found via 15 innovate pitching days held at key producing venues across the UK.

‘BEAM was a game changer for me. Where else could I have seen 42 pitches in two days? That was me done for the next two years of producing.’ Jim Zalles, producer

‘BEAM was a bit like Cannes – for musicals. And the results were astonishing; brilliantly diverse material that proves musical theatre is alive and well in the UK… it was a celebration of the range and power of British writing talent.’ Kate Golledge, director

The two days will consist of networking events and the showcases themselves. We will be featuring the work of over 40 new writers via 10-minute ‘Follow-Spot’ pitches and 25-minute ‘Spotlight’ extracts. Delegate passes will be available to Venues, Producers, Artistic Directors, Literary Managers, Directors and those industry interested in supporting new musical theatre.


BEAM is a collaboration between the charity Mercury Musical Developments (MMD) and Musical Theatre Network (MTN) and is a key part of both organisations’ mission to support the development of new British Musical Theatre.

MTN’s membership is made up of leading venues and producers across the UK such as ATG, Curve Theatre, and The Other Palace, London. MMD’s members and patrons include the likes of Tim Rice, Howard Goodall, Judi Dench and Maria Friedman. Our writer members encompass both those new to the genre as well as experienced practitioners such as Charles Hart and Don Black.

Our combined membership embraces all aspects, and in many cases are key players, in the musical theatre industry across the UK. By supporting BEAM2018 you will get un-paralleled access to our contacts and networks.

To find out more and to see the full-line up of writers and producers presenting at BEAM2018 click here.

To book your ticket and get a schedule click here.

We’re aiming to make a very real difference to the musical theatre landscape in the UK. But we need you to help make this happen. So please back BEAM!

To talk about different ways to support and sponsorship packages please contact: Victoria Saxton, Executive Director MMD at or simply click the Donate button below and make a donation via PayPal or with a credit/debit card. Thank you for your support which is hugely appreciated!