September 19th, 2018

BOOK Music & Lyrics (BML) is launching the UK’s first ongoing professional development workshop for directors wanting to explore the specific craft skills for directing musical theatre, with a grant from Arts Council England

The programme of 8 sessions, to be led by eminent directors Jonathan Butterell and Jeremy Sams, will run on Saturday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. between 27 October and 15 December. Sessions will be held in the Platform space at the Young Vic London.

The sessions will immerse the members in the form and the repertoire, how the scene and the song can be expressed in dramatic momentum. Working with a musical director and appropriate performers, various musical scenes will be put on their feet. Later in the term, a choreographer might sit in to add to the collaborative dialog.

While this module will focus on established texts, a further module is foreseen for next year, focusing on developing new work.

There are eight places in the workshop and we would like a lively mix in the room. The closing date for applications is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 10th October, and there will be short interviews for finalists either 13th or 14th October. The cost of the programme is £160 for the 8 sessions. Please send a CV and a short letter of why you’re interested in musical theatre directing to

Successful applicants must commit to all 8 sessions.