About Us

Nurturing new musical theatre writing

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Mercury Musical Developments (MMD) is a membership organization dedicated to developing the craft of new musical theatre writing. We nurture and support bookwriters, composers and lyricists through a range of showcasing and development initiatives. Our initiatives not only support writers in developing and continuing their craft but help further their careers. We actively seek out commissions, build professional networks and are ambassadors on behalf of all our members. At MMD our aim is to support and champion writers who are shaping the future of British musical theatre.

MMD began life in 1992 when a group of students studied with Stephen Sondheim at Oxford University. You can learn all about the history of MMD by reading an essay by founding Board Member, Anthony Drewe. In partnership with Musical Theatre Network we make up part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio and are one of only three organisations supporting the development of new musical theatre to be funded in this way.

By joining MMD you automatically become part of a vibrant and ever growing community of writers and artists across the UK and internationally. Please look around our website to find out more about the work we do and how MMD membership will benefit you. 


MMD is committed to being an Equal Opportunities employer. We recognise that the provision of equal opportunities in all our activities will benefit the organisation. We also recognise that diversity within our membership and activities will make a valuable contribution towards the development of the artform we support, pushing creative boundaries and ensuring that the greatest possible range of voices is reflected in the work created.

Photo above: Rob Rokicki Nuts & Bolts Session – Thursday 19th March 2015 – Rada Studios