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The Other Palace and Mercury Musical Developments present Musical Bites, a lunchtime series of readings that provide new musical theatre writers an opportunity to share a 45-min except of their work in progress in front of supportive audiences.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • New British musical with a completed draft or final script, that can be condensed to a meaningful sharing of no more than 45 min
  • At least half the writing team of the musical must be resident in the UK.
  • The musical can have been commissioned or workshopped already, but it can’t have received a professional production.
  • The piece must be able to be performed by max 4 actors, including musical director/pianist, due to space restrictions.

There is no fee to partake in this rehearsed reading. The writer will be compensated with the event ticket income, with the expectation that they will share fairly amongst all participating.

Applications for the 2024 Autumn series are now open! The deadline is Monday 19th August.

Spring 2024 series


Writer: Kate O’Conell-Lauder
Lyricist: Harry Baker
Composer: Rebecca Dale

3 April 2024

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The Planet Is _____

Writers & Performers: Natasha Pavey and Meg McGrady.

17 April 2024

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Three Kinds of Normal

Book & Music: Charlie-Jo Simpson
Director: Liberty Clark
Performers: Lana Fowler-Burtwell, Charlie-Jo Simpson, Sam Ellyatt, Pandora Seymour

1 May 2024 

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YOU, ME & the rest of the world

Book, Music & Lyrics: Hollie Cassar
Director: Katherine Hare
Producer: Kai Wright

15 May 2024 

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The Sesh

Writers: Rob Gathercole & Rebecca Simmonds

29 May 2024 

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Raising Gays

Writers: Jordan Paul Clarke and Micha Mirto

12 June 2024

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Autumn 2023 series


Based on the novel by Pam Bachorz
Book, Music & Lyrics: Sinead Hegarty
Additional Arrangements: Kevin Oliver Jones
Director: Rebeka Dio
Cast: Rhys Whitfield, Sinead Hegarty, Lewis Asquith, Ellie Birch


Book, Music & Lyrics: Josh Bird & Giles Fernando
Director: Penny Gkritzapi
Cast: Amelia Walker, Jade Johnson and Julie Atherton

The Forty Elephants

Book & Lyrics: Sophie Boyce
Music: Einar Adalsteinsson
Cast: Ashlie Kenyon-Evason, Layla Armstrong-Hughes, Ryan Bennett, and Charlotte Webb


Writing / Creative team: Taiyo Yoshida & Dominic Varney
Cast: Julie Atherton, Georgina Scott, and Jonathan Bourne.

Bette and Joan and Baby Jane

Book: Tracy-Ann Oberman & Shaun McKenna
Music: James Cleeve
Lyrics: Nikki Racklin
Performers: Sophie-Louise Dann, Gillian Kirkpatrick & Jack Reitman

Ukulele Days

Writer: Amy Clare Tasker
Director: Nicky Allpress
Dramaturg: Tricity Vogue
Musical Director: Tom James McGrath
Cast: Anne-Marie Piazza, Joe da Costa, Toby Bradford, and Lata Nobes

Spring/Summer 2023 series

The Highwayman

Book, Music, Lyrics: Kitty Morgan
Producer: Adam Nichols, OVO Theatre
Cast: Adam Morris, Melissa O’Donnell, AJ Deane, Kitty Morgan

The Rise and Fall of Vinnie & Paul

Book, Music & Lyrics: Neil Bastian
Cast: Max Alexander-Taylor, Charlie McCullagh

GRIMM: The Musical

Book & Lyrics: Josh Kemp and Tom Ling
Music: Josh Kemp
Guitar: Josh Kemp
Cast: Tom Ling, Eleanor Cozens, Geddy Stringer, Alice Hoult

Becoming Nigella

Book, Music & Lyrics: Emily Rose Simons
Director: Grace Taylor
Musical Director: David Merriman
Cast: Tanya Truman & Natasha Karp

The Attic: Because a Woman Should Know Her Place

Book & Lyrics: Estee Stimler
Music: Yuval Havkin
Cast: Kaisa Hammarlund, Michael Vinsen, Jade Johnson, Claire Learie


Book, Lyrics & Music: Elan Butler
Associate Artists: Bullet Point Theatre
Cast: Lucinda Coyle, Bradley Luckett, Elan Butler, Rosie Weston

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