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Where new musicals begin

Mercury Musical Developments (MMD) is a membership organisation dedicated to new musical theatre writing.

We are a thriving community of over 400 composers, lyricists and book writers from across the UK and the world. We run a year-round programme of initiatives designed to support members through a range of professional development and showcasing initiatives, including masterclasses, residencies, writers’ groups and mentorships.

We connect the wider theatre industry with writers and their musicals, seeking out opportunities, discovering talent and nurturing new work, ensuring that British musical theatre has a bright future.

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What's Going On

News, events and upcoming opportunities

We’re creating a new home at Birmingham Hippodrome

As we announced at the UK Musical Theatre Conference on Friday 12th April, Mercury Musical Developments and Musical Theatre Network...

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We’re creating a new home at Birmingham Hippodrome

As we announced at the UK Musical Theatre Conference on Friday 12th April, Mercury Musical Developments and Musical Theatre Network will create a new base at Birmingham Hippodrome from summer 2024. Working more closely with the Hippodrome's New Musical Theatre...

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Felix Hagan Masterclass

We are delighted to announce the next Lionel Bart Memorial Masterclass, supported...

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BEAM Pitching: How to Pitch Your Show

With applications for BEAM Showcase 2025 now open, we’d like to invite...

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Musical Bites – Applications Open!

Applications are now open for our Autumn 2024 Musical Bites in partnership...

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Mercury Writers Barn – a blog by Keia Johnson

Take a city girl from Memphis, Tennessee, who’s never spent one day...

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Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer: Dylan Townley’s Blog

I started my role as the Octagon Theatre, Bolton’s Cameron Mackintosh Resident...

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TAMAR BROADBENT: Best New Song Prize 2014 Winner Update

On the evening of the Stiles & Drewe Best New Song Prize,...

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Memberships

Join MMD and become part of a community of writers at the forefront of new musical theatre

Masterclasses and talks

Attend regular events led by industry experts and grow your knowledge and skills

Advice and script reading

Get feedback on your writing, mentoring and practical advice

Meet other writers

Create a network and find your collaborators

Career opportunities

Showcase your work and make industry connections