BEAM: Shining a light on new British musical theatre.

BEAM:2016 was described by a leading Artistic Director as “game-changing“. BEAM:2018 will be a two-day event showcasing over 40 contemporary British Musical Theatre Writers and will take place at Theatre Royal Stratford East in March 2018.

By sponsoring BEAM:2018 your company will have the opportunity to reach over 200 of the top industry decision makers in UK Theatre. For two days, key theatre figures will be gathered together for this unprecedented, industry-only event. You will also be supporting the artists who are shaping the future of British musical theatre.


BEAM is a biennial two-day event, which will be held at Theatre Royal Stratford East in March 2018. In 5 years time we want new musical theatre appearing on UK stages to be able to trace its genesis back to BEAM:2018. In order for the UK to remain a centre of excellent and innovative musical theatre we need to strategically support new writers, encourage industry collaboration and raise awareness of the breadth of work being created. BEAM is designed to do this. You can find out more about what happened at BEAM:2016 by clicking here.

The two days will consist of panel discussions, networking and the showcases themselves. We will be featuring the work of over 40 new writers via 10-minute ‘Lights Up’ pitches, 25-minute ‘Spotlight’ extracts and Producer Platforms by producers with a portfolio of new musical theatre work. Delegate passes will be available to Venues, Producer, Artistic Directors, Literary Managers, Directors and those industry interested in supporting new musical theatre.


BEAM is a collaboration between the charity Mercury Musical Developments (MMD) and Musical Theatre Network (MTN) and is a key part of both organisations’ mission to support the development of new British musical theatre.

MTN’s membership is made up of leading venues and producers across the UK such as ATG, Curve Theatre, and the St James Theatre, London. MMD’s members and patrons include the likes of Tim Rice, Howard Goodall, Judi Dench and Maria Friedman. Our writer members encompass both those new to the genre as well as experienced practitioners such as Charles Hart and Don Black.

Our combined membership reaches all aspects, and the key players, of the musical theatre industry across the UK. By supporting BEAM:2018 you will get un-paralleled access to our contacts and networks. 


BEAM:2016 was an unparalleled success. Over two thirds of the work shown has been commissioned, produced or workshopped. Artistic Directors, Venues and Producers got to experience the incredible breadth of talent in the UK to a broader degree than ever before. In order to build upon the success of BEAM:2016 we need to raise £28,000 to fully pay all artists presenting at BEAM:2018 and to make sure we can broaden the reach of our pitching days.

MMD & MTN gratefully acknowledges support from PRS for Music Foundation towards the pitching days and the following organisations for their support of BEAM:2018:





To talk about different kinds of support and sponsorship packages please contact: or call 07879 811980

Thank you for your generous support

Donations of any amount can be made by cheque. Please make your cheque out to Mercury Musical Developments, with BEAM as the reference on the reverse.

Send to: Mercury Musical Developments, c/o The Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, London WC2H 9ND

We’re changing the musical theatre landscape in the UK. But we need you to help make this happen. So please back BEAM:2018.