BEAM Showcase

 

What is BEAM?

BEAM is a two-day biennial Musical Theatre Showcase, produced by Musical Theatre Network & Mercury Musical Developments. BEAM2016 was held at the Park Theatre in 2016, followed by BEAM2018 at Theatre Royal Stratford East.

What is it for?

BEAM aims to nurture an active and connected musical theatre community across the UK through which new work can be discovered and developed, and the artform advanced.

What will it do?

-Create a biennial forum through which artists, venues and producers interested in the development of new musical theatre can share work, ideas and practice;

– Showcase new writing and new voices, as well as demonstrate the breadth of new musical theatre being created in the UK and open up a conversation about what this artform can be;

– Facilitate the connections that spark new collaborations and ventures, encouraging future productions of new work.

When is the next one?

#BEAM2020 will take place in Spring 2020, with the venue yet to be announced.

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RESPONSE ARTICLES

Matt Hemley: “UK could ‘fill every stage’ with British musicals – Beam:2016 conference” Click HERE to read.

Mark Shenton: “Witnessing the birth of a new age of British musical theatre” Click HERE to read.

Terri Paddock: “British musical theatre has just had its Woodstock moment: I was there” Click HERE to read.

Kate Golledge: “#BEAM16 – What does it stand for?” Click HERE to read.

QUOTES

“MTN and MMD worked tirelessly to bring BEAM2018 together. As well as showcasing excellent new work from fellow writers, BEAM2018 became a hotbed of discussion and debate around the future of new musical theatre in the UK and beyond. How exciting to be a part of a collective of artists so passionate about the art form.” Finn Anderson, Composer & BEAM 2018 Participant

 

#BEAM2016 in pictures


 

BEAM TWEETS

Reasons to be cheerful about theatre no 1: #BEAM16. Diversity of stories, styles, talent overwhelming. And real commitment to staging them.”

#BEAM16 rocked! Massive thanks to @MercuryMusicals @MTheatreNetwork teams for running highest quality MT event in memory. Here’s to #BEAM18

#BEAM16 was a wonderful, really necessary event – proving musical theatre in Britain is as vibrant, daring and exciting as ever!”

BEAM16 lived up to its name. Shone a bright light on the state of musical theatre today and found imagination creativity and hope.”

#BEAM16 is unprecedented. What @MercuryMusicals @MTheatreNetwork are attempting is kind of a Cannes festival for musicals. Proud to be part.”

 

#BEAM2018 in pictures

(Photo credits David Ovenden)

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MTN gratefully acknowledges support for BEAM2018 from Arts Council England, PRS For Music Foundation, Theatrical Rights Worldwide, The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, The Musical Company and Broadway Licensing.

 

 

SUPPORTERS

Joe Smith, Old Vic Productions
"The Musical Theatre Network/Mercury Musical Developments partnership project is exactly what we all need to stimulate everyone interested in creating new musicals to come together and forge new ways of working".
Joe Smith, Old Vic Productions

OUR TWEETS

@MTheatreNetwork

- 1 day ago

Fantastic to hear from so many #musicaltheatre makers from across the UK about their #newbritishmusicals that are b… https://t.co/0IZ6GZS2bW
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@MTheatreNetwork

- 1 day ago

RT @DundeeRep: All applications must be received by midnight on Friday 24 August for the fantastic Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer sch…
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@MTheatreNetwork

- 4 days ago

Hey @NYMTuk! We're coming to watch #ALittlePrincess at @TheOtherPalace this afternoon - break legs!! 🎭https://t.co/Lc1hdoucjJ
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