MMD & MTN Auction to Support New British Musical Theatre

September 13th, 2018



Imagine a world without your favourite musicals – without West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar or Sweeney Todd!

If you love musicals as much as we do, a life without these masterpieces would be nowhere near as exciting. But new musicals don’t just appear. They need nurturing. It can take years for a brilliant germ of an idea to make it to the stage. That’s why MMD and MTN exist. To make sure vibrant, original new British musical theatre thrives.

Together MMD and MTN provide showcases, development opportunities and a year round programme of events including BEAM and the UK’s Musical Theatre Conference. We are partially funded by Arts Council England but we couldn’t do any of this development work without kind individual donations.

From people like you, who love musicals to bits, who can’t wait to discover the next Hamilton or Matilda.

And all that starts with supporting new writers. So play your part and bid below. All money raised will go directly towards our core activities.

We’ve put together a fantastic array of items for you to bid on – from tickets to opening nights, coaching and mentoring sessions to cases of champagne! You might want to bid on these items for yourself or perhaps you want to offer encouragement to an aspiring writer.

We’ve put the ‘retail’ value below each item but don’t let this restrain you! Likewise, feel free to bid whatever you can as every little helps!

Bidding will close at 10am on Saturday 29th September. You’ll be able to bid for items (technology allowing) at our September Sing-a-long Social on Friday 28th September at The Other Palace. To book your ticket to attend click HERE.

Thank you for your support.

Victoria Saxton                           James Hadley
Executive Director, MMD            Executive Director, MTN

Attend a West End Opening with critic and associate editor of The Stage, Mark Shenton

Attend a West End Opening Night with renowned theatre critic Mark Shenton! Get the best seats in the house – and the best company in the house – if you bid for this incredible night out. Mark is a well known champion of musical theatre and his knowledge of the form is encyclopedic. A regular presence on the theatre scene, you’ll be sure to get the red carpet treatment. Donated by Mark Shenton.

As well as being a board member of MMD, Mark is a theatre critic, commentator and interviewer. He writes regularly for The Stage (including a twice-weekly column), where he is an Associate Editor and lead New York theatre critic. He also reviews London theatre for London Theatre Guide. To find out more about Mark visit his website:

Note: The exact show (which could be a musical, play or opera depending on bidder preference) and date is to be agreed upon directly with Mark.

Retail Value: £100


Tickets to the hit show SIX

Now you can get the best seats in the house to see the show that critics are losing their heads over! See what we did there? Producer (and MMD board member) George Stiles is very generously donating pair of tickets to see the show written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss.

About the show: From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII finally take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of her-storical heartbreak into a 75 minute celebration of 21st century sisterly sass-itude fuelled by an all-female band. These Queens may have green sleeves but their lipstick is rebellious red.

Retail Value – £80


6 Bottles of premium champagne

One generous MMD Board member is offering you the chance to get 6 bottles of prestigious Champagne Moutard (it is champagne, not mustard!) . Bid on these delicious, delectable and decadent bottles of champagne. Buy them for a friend, or better yet, for yourself!

‘The night they invented champagne, It’s plain as it can be, They thought of you and me!’

Retail Value – £160


A pair of tickets to see Irving Berlin’s ‘White Christmas’ at Curve, plus a pre-show meal!


Bid on a pair of tickets* to see the joyous festive favourite; Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Curve Leicester, starring Danny Mac (Sunset Boulevard) and Emma Williams (An Officer And A Gentleman), and enjoy a pre-show meal at Curve’s Stage Door Cafe.

Based on the 1954 American musical film starring Bing Crosby, White Christmas follows ex-army friends Bob Wallace and Phil Davis as they team up with two sisters, Betty and Judy Haynes and put on a show to save their former general’s remote Vermont ski lodge when it falls on hard times.
This Made at Curve musical features a dazzling, instantly recognisable score including Blue Skies, Sisters, How Deep Is The Ocean and arguably the most famous Christmas song of them all, White Christmas. Irving Berlin’s beloved Broadway sensation is an enduring tale of friendship, camaraderie, hope and the pursuit of happiness, told through spectacular dance routines and some of the most memorable hits from the Great American Songbook.
(*performance of choice, subject to seat availability)

Retail value: £120 ( £45 per ticket plus estimated cost of lunch).


A year of dramaturgy with MMD Board Member John Sparks

Spend a year receiving one-on-one dramaturgy with US-based MMD Board Member John Sparks.

John will spend 2 hours per month for 12 months working one on one with one lucky writer or a writing team working on a single project. John has been giving MMD members dramaturgy on their scripts for several years:

‘I had the most brilliant and illuminating two and a half hours with John Sparks today in which he helped me overhaul my entire musical! It was a wonderful session and I drank it all in! What a great and supremely wise guy. I can’t TELL you what an absolute delight he was! I couldn’t believe that he was giving over so many pearls of wisdom at the critical stage of my new musical and, as I said to him afterwards, my learning curve was vertical! That was simply the BEST musical theatre tutorial I have ever experienced and that session with John was alone worth my membership of MMD and MTN combined! He brilliantly helped overhaul my show at a very critical stage.’ Barbara Jane Mackie, MMD Member

‘John Sparks was fabulous. Clear, detailed feedback, great examples, supportive and helpful. I believe he does this every year for MMD? Don’t let him go.’ Dr Karen Moloney, MMD Member

John was the founder/co-Director of the Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, Inc. (1979-2002) and has been the Artistic Director of ANMT/NMI from 2002 to the present. He founded the Writers’ Workshop at Theatre Building Chicago in 1987 and also served TBC as Artistic Director from 1999 through 2009. John has mentored the work of over 250 musical theatre writers.

The successful bidder can choose the start date, then schedule regular meetings, sending material via email and sharing services such as Dropbox 48 hours prior to each meeting.

Retail value £1,200 (minimum bid £100)


‘Motoring’ (mentoring and coaching) session from MTN Chair Jodi Myers

Receive a one hour ‘motoring’ session with Jodi Myers. Motoring is Jodi’s blend of mentoring and coaching for people working in the arts. It is aimed at people with some experience, rather than those entering the profession, and is particularly relevant to those at a career crossroads or looking for the next step. The motoring session might involve a CV review or advice on writing a job application or networking, but the topic is your choice.
With a background in running large arts centres, Jodi has worked as an independent consultant since 2005, working with theatre, dance and music organisations, in both the subsidised and commercial sectors, local authorities, funding bodies, educational institutions, and many independent artists. To find out more about Jodi and motoring see

“Experienced people can often help you clarify issues. Jodi Myers is my professional mentor and her advice is perceptive.”
Tanya Holt, performer and writer, interviewed in The Stage February 2017

Note: The session will take place in London November 2018 – January 2019.

Retail Value – £115


A career mentorship programme from James Hadley, Executive Director MTN

A bespoke package of industry-related, creative/career development, advice/mentoring and introductions from MTN’s Executive Director, James Hadley, including a trip to see a new musical theatre production and post-show drink/discussion.

James Hadley became Executive Director of Musical Theatre Network in November 2015. Prior to this he worked in the London Theatre team at Arts Council England for seven years, with a particular focus on investments in musical theatre. During that time he managed 8 National Portfolio Organisations’ funding relationships, advising a wide range of independent theatre practitioners on their applications to Grants for the Arts, and advocating for increased funding support for the development of new British musicals

Note: Show and dates to be decided with the successful bidder in consultation with James.

Retail Value – £150


A one on one dramaturgy session with Victoria Saxton, Executive Director MMD

Victoria Saxton will read a full draft of your script, listen to the score, and spend one hour giving you in person feedback and critique on your project. Victoria has a wealth of experience working as a dramaturg both in the UK and New York. As well as being Executive Director of MMD, Victoria has previously worked as a musical theatre consultant for the National Theatre helping to establish their New Musical Theatre Group, she’s designed and led a graduate musical theatre writing programme at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where she also mentored thesis projects. Victoria is passionate about helping writers achieve their vision, and as a writer herself understands how tricky this craft can be!

Retail Value – £150


Please note: We reserve the right to withhold the sale of any auction prize which does not meet a minimum reserve.