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Stiles + Drewe Best New Song Prize 2020: Finalists Announcement

May 22nd, 2020

Thinking outside the ‘box set’ Due to the unprecedented circumstances that we find ourselves in, together with the Stephen Sondheim Society, we have sadly agreed that we are unable to proceed with the usual Student Performer of the Year gala this year. However, we are determined that the s...



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AGM 2018 – Executive Director’s Report

January 4th, 2019

By Victoria Saxton As Francis has said, it’s been an incredible year – and I just want to add how much I admire each and every single member of MMD. I am in awe of every single person who pitched for BEAM – sharing new work with your own collaborator can be nerve wracking enough, […]...



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AGM 2018 – Chair’s Report

January 4th, 2019

By Francis Matthews A few years ago, members of the MMD board set out to write a mission statement. What in a few neat words was Mercury all about? Where – as Stephen Fry might have said – did it place its dainty foot on the ascent of creative heights? There was much discussion, and […]...



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MMD & MTN launch BEAM Follow-Spot Programme

September 19th, 2018

MMD and MTN are delighted to announce that they have again been awarded status as a PRS Talent Development Partner. With the award funds they have launched a regional professional career and craft development programme taking place in Scotland and Manchester for emerging musical theatre writers. MMD...



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Stiles & Drewe Mentorship Award 2018 Winners’ Blog – Jim Barne & Kit Buchan

September 11th, 2018

The Season – Mentorship Retreat August 2018 What blows the mind on arrival is the realisation that, during our week in Saint-Sauveur-La-Vallée, while Jim and I are tinkering away on our tiny two-hander, our mentors, the inimitable George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, are simultaneously working on the...



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Stiles + Drewe Prize 2018 – Winners Announced

May 4th, 2018

We are absolutely delighted to announce the winners of the Stiles + Drewe Prize 2018. They are: MTI Stiles + Drewe Mentorship Award 2018 THE SEASON by Jim Barne & Kit Buchan Jim Barne is a composer and pop producer. He won the London Chamber Orchestra’s young composer prize, and was the runner...



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Stiles & Drewe Mentorship Award 2017 Winner’s Blog – Ben Glasstone

August 30th, 2017

2017 Stiles and Drewe Mentorship Award winner, Ben Glasstone has been writing a blog about his and collaborator Susie Kleeman’s writing retreat with George Stiles and Anthony Drewe at Ants’s home in France. Read all about Ben’s experiences, the progress so far and look out for futu...



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Collaborating Across The Pond: Lori Mannette

April 20th, 2017

“How does it work? What comes first, the music or the lyrics?” is the age old question all of us musical writers hear at least occasionally, if not every time we mention what we do. For those of us – like me – who have long distance partnerships, the question comes even from those familiar [...



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MMD & MTN announced as PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner

March 9th, 2017

Mercury Musical Developments, in partnership with Musical Theatre Network, is absolutely delighted to announce that we have been selected as one of PRS Foundations’  Talent Development Partners (TDP). We look forward to working with the other TDP organisations to diversify and increase the range...



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I’ve Written A Musical! Now What? – Course Leaders

February 1st, 2017

Elliot Davis Writing Credits: LOSERVILLE (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Garrick, West End). Olivier Nominated for Best New Musical. SOHO CINDERS (co-book with Anthony Drewe) music by Goerge Stiles. PETER PAN (revised book) with Stiles & Drewe, OUT THERE (Riverside Studios, Union), BEST FRIENDS &...



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