BEAM is the UK’s biggest showcase of new musical theatre and BEAM2021 will be a hybrid, digital and live event, happening live at Hackney Empire and live streamed (or on demand) via  There will be pitches from 38 new musicals in development, some pre-filmed, with ideas ranging from daytime bhangra raves, to climate change told as a love story, from challenging the UK’s hostile environment policy to singing lesbian pirates, as well as panel discussions and networking.

BEAM is co-produced by Musical Theatre Network and Mercury Musical Developments

“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.”
Mark Shenton in The Stage


We are extremely grateful to Arts Council England and PRS for Music Foundation for their core funding support, and to Theatre Royal Stratford East for hosting BEAM2018: