BEAM 2020 Showcase

What is BEAM?
BEAM is a bi-annual showcase of British musical theatre, produced by Mercury Musical Developments & Musical Theatre Network.

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?
reates 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 is the next one?
March 2020 at Royal & Derngate, Northampton. Previous BEAM Showcases were held over 2 days at the Park Theatre, London in March 2016 and in March 2018 at Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Pitching Venues
Wednesday 18th September 2019 – Bush Theatre, London
Friday 20th September 2019 – Nuffield Theatres Southampton
Wednesday 25th September – The Other Palace, London
Wednesday 2nd October 2019 – Soho Theatre, London – Day #1
Monday 7th October 2019 – Birmingham Hippodrome
Wednesday 9th October 2019 – Soho Theatre, London – Day #2
Friday 11th October 2019 – Hackney Empire, London
Monday 14th October 2019 – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
Thursday 17th October 2019 – Watford Palace Theatre, Watford
Saturday 19th October 2019 – Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff
Monday 21st October 2019 – Leeds Playhouse
Friday 25th October 2019 – Curve, Leicester
Wednesday 30th October 2019 – National Theatre of Scotland, Glasgow
Wednesday 6th November 2019 – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
Friday 8th November 2019 – Cecil Sharp House, London
Monday 11th November 2019 –  Royal & Derngate, Northampton
15th November 2019 – GRAEAE (Bradbury Studios), London

BEAM Frequently Asked Questions

The deadline for BEAM 2020 applications is midnight on Monday 26th August 2019.

BEAM 2020 Pitching Day Application Form

To support BEAM 2020 please visit our BEAM sponsorship page.

Our second BEAM was held at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in March 2018. Here are some quotes from writers who participated and how it helped the development of their work:

“After our showcase of ‘The Season’ at BEAM 2018 we found ourselves in conversation with several theatres and producers – conversations we could otherwise never have hoped to hold. As a result, two independent producers agreed to collaborate on the show, which will now receive its first production at Royal & Derngate, Northampton, and New Wolsey, Ipswich, in November 2019. We also secured an agent off the back of the event and subsequently won the Stiles & Drewe Mentorship Award – a monumental injection of energy which we might not have even applied for without the confidence and encouragement we derived from BEAM. It is almost impossible to exaggerate the significance that moment had on our careers. BEAM has inspired much-needed confidence in the potential of our material, and our ability to produce professional, individual work.” – Jim Barne & Kit Buchan, writers of ‘The Season’

“BEAM 2018 gave our new musical adaptation of William Nicholson’s ‘The Wind Singer’ a shop window in the musical theatre marketplace, at a very early stage, and before we knew it there were producers and publishers interested. The Royal Shakespeare Company have given us research and development time and the Hosking Houses Trust gave us somewhere to stay in Stratford – that’s the kind of incentive every writer needs. We are also now working with director Lotte Wakeham and will be doing a closed workshop for the RSC. Thank you BEAM!” – Teresa Howard & Sarah Llewellyn, writers of ‘The Wind Singer’

(Photos: David Ovenden)