UK Musical Theatre Conference
Mercury Musical Developments, in partnership with Musical Theatre Network, hosts a bi-annual UK Musical Theatre Conference to debate and discuss issues pertaining to the current and future state of musical theatre in the UK.
The UK Musical Theatre Conference 2019 is co-produced by Musical Theatre Network & Mercury Musical Developments.
This year’s biennial Conference will have a focus on Touring Mid-Scale New British Musical Theatre.
The day will feature eight strategic discussions, including panels and provocations, each featuring industry leaders and leading musical theatre artists, examining different aspects of the opportunities and challenges for touring new British musical theatre on the mid-scale. As you’ll see from the discussion topics below, these will be of interest to anyone involved in writing, developing or staging new musical theatre – as well as to anyone involved in touring musicals. Anyone is welcome to attend the day to think possibility, identify opportunities, and get inspired about future improvements!
In 2017 we held our conference, titled ‘High Flying, Adored? Redefining success in new musical theatre in the UK’ at Lyric Hammersmith. The day featured six case studies of new British musicals, exploring their business models, and how they navigated a development path to success. Producers and creatives behind these productions shared insights, followed by questions and discussion. A panel of industry experts also discussed audience development and marketing specifically for new British musicals, and there were plenty of networking opportunities throughout the day.
The 2015 conference, titled ‘Putting it Together’ was held at the Arcola Theatre. Panelists and speakers included Rebecca Applin (composer), Samuel Adamson (Lyricist & Bookwriter -The Light Princess, The National Theatre), Wendy Gadian (principal lecturer and course leader, Musical Theatre BA at RCSSD). Rupert Gould (Artistic Director, Almeida Theatre), Pravesh Kumar (Artistic Director, Rifco), Susie McKenna (Creative Director, Hackney Empire), Jenny Sealey (Artistic Director, Graeae Theatre), and Danielle Tarento (freelance producer and casting director).
Previous conference venues have also included the Almeida Theatre, where speakers included Richard Thomas (Olivier Award winning composer, Jerry Springer the Opera), Libby Purves (writer and broadcaster), David Babani (Artistic Director, Menier Chocolate Factory), Cora Bissett (director, actor and musician, Glasgow Girls), Gurinder Chadha (director and writer, Bend It Like Beckham) and Sarah Travis (Tony Award winning orchestrator and musical supervisor) and Soho Theatre where speakers included Phelim McDermott (Artistic Director, Improbable).
“Just wanted to say thank you for a brilliant day. It has given me such a lot to think about. Excellent organisation, super food, stimulating – nay inspirational speakers. And great networking. You did a fantastic job.” – MMD Member
“It was a great day and we both left buzzing with excitement. Well done!” – MTN Member