Collaborating Across The Pond: Lori Mannette

April 20th, 2017

“How does it work? What comes first, the music or the lyrics?” is the age old question all of us musical writers hear at least occasionally, if not every time we mention what we do. For those of us – like me – who have long distance partnerships, the question comes even from those familiar [...

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MMD & MTN announced as PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner

March 9th, 2017

Mercury Musical Developments, in partnership with Musical Theatre Network, is absolutely delighted to announce that we have been selected as one of PRS Foundations’  Talent Development Partners (TDP). We look forward to working with the other TDP organisations to diversify and increase the range...

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I’ve Written A Musical! Now What? – Course Leaders

February 1st, 2017

Elliot Davis Writing Credits: LOSERVILLE (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Garrick, West End). Olivier Nominated for Best New Musical. SOHO CINDERS (co-book with Anthony Drewe) music by Goerge Stiles. PETER PAN (revised book) with Stiles & Drewe, OUT THERE (Riverside Studios, Union), BEST FRIENDS &...

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Royal Shakespeare Company to host next Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Placement

September 21st, 2016

  We are thrilled to announce the next Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer placement will take place at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), Straford upon Avon. The placement will begin in March 2017. The all-inclusive fee is £11,000 and calculated to cover 6 months of your time, and this pa...

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Rebecca Applin: Resident Composer 2015, Mercury Colchester & New Wolsey Ipswich

September 16th, 2016

As I write this I am in the midst of preparing for The Wind in the Willows, one of the projects that I’m working on as part of the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Award. Writing from ‘in the thick of it’, and three-quarters of the way through my residency, so far I can say it ...

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Stiles + Drewe Prize 2016 – Prizewinners

May 16th, 2016

The Stephen Sondheim Society and Mercury Musical Developments have announced the winners of the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year and Stiles + Drewe Prize. The winners were revealed at the tenth anniversary West End Gala held at the Novello Theatre which was hosted by...

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Dougal Irvine: Resident Composer, Royal & Derngate 2012

August 14th, 2015

Dougal Irvine reflects on his time as the Resident Composer at the Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton. For any composers considering applying for future residencies this is essential reading. As you will see below the residency had a profound impact on Dougal’s career. In fact, before ...

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Blog: MMD Masterclass with Claude-Michel Schönberg – by Kitty McDonald

April 15th, 2015

On 8th June 2015, eight MMD writing teams got to spend the day sharing their work, learning, talking, getting advice and feedback from Claude-Michel Schönberg. “It was a truly inspirational day” for all involved and we wanted to give you all a taster of what it felt like to be in the room. So, ...

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Samuel Adamson: 2015 Conference Address – Never Let People Tell You What A Musical Is

April 13th, 2015

Samuel Adamson originally delivered this text as a speech at the Mercury Mercury Musical Developments and Musical Theatre Networks annual joint conference which took place at the Arcola Theatre, London on Thursday 12th March 2015. Samuel Adamson’s recent work includes Uncle Vanya at West Yorkshi...

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