BEAM Showcase

BEAM2023 is coming. Applications to pitch your show are now closed as pitching days have already taken place across the UK in autumn 2022. We are delighted The Oxford Playhouse will be our host venue for BEAM on 25th & 26th May 2023.

BEAM is the UK’s biggest showcase of new musical theatre. This autumn, MMD and MTN travelled across the UK to hear pitches from more than 265 new musicals and curated a showcase of fabulously diverse shows in a variety of stages of developments, so they can be presented to potential development partners, producers and audiences.  

We are grateful to our funders, past and present, our 2023 host Oxford Playhouse and all our pitching day venue partners, our production staff and supporters, our members, everyone who has previously pitched or booked to attend BEAM, and most of all to our talented BEAM participant artists, for their talent and generosity – #BEAMisBack!

“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 2018 – 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, composer & lyricist/librettist

“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, lyricist/librettist & composer