BEAM: Shining a light on new British musical theatre
What is BEAM?
BEAM is a bi-annual showcase of British musical theatre, produced by Mercury Musical Developments & Musical Theatre Network. Visit the BEAM website.
What is it for?
BEAM aims to nurture an active and connected musical theatre community across the UK through which new work can be discovered and developed, and the art form advanced.
What does it do?
Creates a bi-annual forum through which artists, venues and producers interested in the development of new musical theatre can share work, ideas and practice.
Showcases new writing and new voices, as well as demonstrate the breadth of new musical theatre being created in the UK and open up a conversation about what this art form can be.
Facilitates the connections that spark new collaborations and ventures, encouraging future productions of new work.
When was the first one?
BEAM 2016 was held over 2 days at the Park Theatre, London in March 2016. The second BEAM showcase took place in March 2018 at Theatre Royal Stratford East.
When is the next one?
2020, venue to be confirmed. To support BEAM 2020 please visit our BEAM sponsorship page.
Thank you for your support:
MMD & MTN gratefully acknowledges support from:
Our first BEAM was held at the Park Theatre in March 2016. Here are some great articles below from industry people that attended:
Matt Hemley: “UK could ‘fill every stage’ with British musicals – Beam:2016 conference” Click here to read in full.
Mark Shenton: “Witnessing the birth of a new age of British musical theatre” Click here to read in full.
Terri Paddock: “British musical theatre has just had its ‘Woodstock moment’: I was there” Click here to read in full.
Kate Golledge: “#BEAM16 – What does it stand for?” Click here to read in full.
Here are some of our favourite tweets across the 2 days:
Reasons to be cheerful about theatre no 1: #BEAM2016. Diversity of stories, styles, talent overwhelming. And real commitment to staging them.
#BEAM2016 rocked! Massive thanks to @MercuryMusicals @MTheatreNetwork teams for running highest quality MT event in memory. Heres to #BEAM2018
#BEAM2016 was a wonderful, really necessary event – proving musical theatre in Britain is as vibrant, daring and exciting as ever
#BEAM2016 lived up to its name. Shone a bright light on the state of musical theatre today and found imagination creativity and hope.
#BEAM2016 is unprecedented. What @MercuryMusicals @MTheatreNetwork are attempting is kind of a Cannes festival for musicals. Proud to be part.
(Photos: David Ovenden)