Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer


We are delighted that Mercury Musical Developments (MMD) and Musical Theatre Network (MTN) has again been awarded funding to support four placements as part of the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Scheme over 2018-2021. 

Through this scheme emerging professional musical theatre composers are paired with a venue, and given the opportunity to be involved in a range of work which could include underscoring plays, setting text to music or working on development of their own musical theatre material. Recent venues have included Soho Theatre, London; Bristol Old Vic; Watermill, Newbury; Mercury Theatre, Colchester; New Wolsey, Ipswich; West Yorkshire Playhouse; the Royal Shakespeare Company and Curve Leicester.

This scheme is generously funded by the Cameron Mackintosh Foundation and managed by Musical Theatre Network (MTN) and Mercury Musical Developments (MMD).

Next Resident Composer Placement:


We are thrilled that the next resident composer placement will take place at Dundee Rep Theatre – the scheme’s first Scottish-based placement. The placement will begin in October 2018.

The successful recipient will receive an all-inclusive fee of £11,000.

The fee is calculated to cover 6 months of your time, but this can be spread across a 9-12 month period. The exact timetable and the projects to be worked on will be agreed in consultation between the composer and the venue’s Artistic Planning team, but it’s expected the successful applicant would be based at the theatre for a significant portion of at least six months.

To be eligible to apply: You will need to be a musical theatre composer who has already had some work professionally produced (which can include paid work for a drama college or other training institute). You must be resident in the UK. We are looking for a clear on-going commitment to working in musical theatre. By musical theatre, we mean anything where music and song drive narrative. We encourage applicants from the broadest diversity of cultural heritages.

Dundee Rep Composer Brief & Application Form

Current Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer:

Musical Theatre Network, Mercury Musical Developments and Lyric Hammersmith are delighted to announce that Kate Marlais will be The Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer at the Lyric Hammersmith commencing March 2018.

“Being selected as the next Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer is an invaluable opportunity for me at this stage in my composing career. The Lyric really is an incredible place – not just a theatre producing and welcoming eclectic, bold, provoking work, but also a buzzing community hub for engagement and education. I’m so excited to be working in such an inspiring environment, and hope to gain a huge amount from my time there. Thank you to the Lyric, the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer scheme, to Musical Theatre Network, and to Mercury Musical Development who are a constant support within the industry for emerging composers.” Kate Marlais, Composer

“We are delighted that a composer as talented, multi-faceted and passionate as Kate Marlais will be joining us as a Cameron Macintosh resident composer in 2018. We look forward to her creative response to the exciting range of work that awaits her here at the Lyric” Sean Holmes, Artistic Director, Lyric Hammersmith

Through this scheme musical theatre composers are paired with a venue, and given the opportunity to be involved in a range of work which could include underscoring plays, setting text to music or creating their own piece of new work. Recent venues have included the Royal Shakespeare Company, Curve, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Bristol Old Vic, the Mercury, Colchester and New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich. Kate Marlais is the fifth of five placements that MTN and MMD have facilitated over 2015-18 thanks to the generosity of the Cameron Mackintosh Foundation. For more information visit Twitter @LyricHammer

Kate Marlais

Kate studied Music with a Composition Major at King’s College London, under the mentorship of classical composers Robert Keeley and Silvina Milstein, having previously studied under tuition of composer-inresidence Bernard Hughes at the Lady Eleanor Holles School. Whilst at university, her works were performed by several classical instrumentalists, including oboist Chris Redgate, and conducted by award winning Odaline de la Martinez. She also trained as a classical singer at King’s, singing with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and the Bach Choir, then later gained a postgraduate degree in Musical Theatre at the Royal Academy of Music.

Recent compositional works: Here, a folk/classical musical co-written and co-composed with Alex Young, won the S & S Award in 2015, in conjunction with Curve Leicester and Mercury Musical Developments – judges included Nikolai Foster (Curve Leicester), Nica Burns (Nimax) and Kent Nicholson (Playwrights Horizons, New York). Here is inspired by German dada artist Kurt Schwitters, who invented his own collagebased art form, Merz. When he was declared ‘degenerate’ by the Nazis, he found refuge on a small farm in Cumbria, and began what would be his final art piece. Recent showings and developments of Here include – Curve Leicester, The Other Palace, University of Cumbria, Guildford School of Acting and the Royal Academy of Music. The pair’s new musical F**ked In Marrakech is currently in development. Kate is also creating a song cycle with synth-pop artist Grace Lightman, and her own electronica musical I Cannot Make Noise When I Scream exploring psychosis and the dream state. Recently, Kate was Music Assistant to composer/producers Karl Hyde (Underworld) and Matthew Herbert on Frantic Assembly’s Fatherland (created by Scott Graham, Simon Stephens and Karl Hyde – commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival, the Royal Exchange Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith and LIFT. Performing credits include: War Horse (New London Theatre, West End), The Human Comedy (Young Vic), Extra Yarn (Orange Tree), The Immortal Hour (Finborough Theatre) and The Busy Body (Southwark Playhouse). Kate has also been Musical Supervisor on various musical and theatre projects.

Previous Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composers:

Former Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Blogs:

Becky Applin and Dougal Irvine reflect on their placements at Mercury Theatre Colchester/New Wolsey Ipswich and at Royal & Derngate Northampton respectively. For any composers considering applying for future residencies this is essential reading. As you will see, the residencies have had a profound impact on both Becky and Dougal’s careers. In fact, before he applied Dougal was considering leaving musical theatre altogether.

Rebecca Applin

Rebecca Applin (Mercury Theatre, Colchester and New Wolsey, Ipswich 2015)

“Through the Resident Composer Scheme I have worked on an amazing variety of types of shows and platforms.  Meeting and working with lots of different directors and creatives has been incredibly valuable and I hope has been the start of collaborations that will carry on into the future

Read Becky’s blog about her Resident Composer placement HERE


Dougal Irvine (Royal and Derngate, Northampton 2012)

“I owe a huge amount to the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Scheme. It pretty much kept me in the business”.

Read Dougal’s blog about his Resident Composer placement HERE