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In February 2019 the inaugural MTFestUK ran at The Other Palace. A celebration of new musical theatre from around the world, MTFestUK is back in 2020, this time at the new and vibrant Turbine Theatre on the banks of the Thames in Battersea. MTFestUK will be a central part of the 2020 season at the Turbine, which has already been exciting critics and audiences alike with Drew McOnie’s acclaimed production of Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song.

MTFestUK revels in the diversity of stories on stage and the people who make the work. It sets out to promote quality artistry with a view to showcasing and elevating projects to full production, giving audiences insight into the process of creating new work and into the art of collaboration. 

The festival will be promoting the best of new British work while forging overseas partnerships and finding new ways to share processes and artists. 

MTFestUK is for both industry professionals and the theatregoing public. Our ambition is to run the festival every February in the UK and, in time, to extend the festival to further territories beyond the UK. 

At the centre of the festival is a Taster Menu series of new musicals, each presented as a semi-staged sharing. Alongside the Taster Menu, the festival will also feature a selection of talks, performances and one-off events including:

TEA FOR TWO A programme of intimate and afternoon conversations. Paul Taylor-Mills, Artistic Director of the Turbine Theatre, will be in discussion with some of the industry’s most celebrated musical theatre practitioners.

NIGHT CAPS This informal late-night concert series give you a chance to get to know some of the country’s eminent musical theatre stars through the songs that shaped them, songs they might never get to sing and songs from new works. 

We are reaching out for submissions of work to be considered for MTFestUK 2020.

Listening to and watching new work is a very personal experience. Ultimately, it’s all a question of a taste. That said, here’s a list of helpful notes on what we’re looking for:

  • How does your work connect to the present? We want musicals that speak to the here and now and that have something to say about the world we live in. 
  • We’re not afraid of ambitious work of scale. The main question we ask ourselves is: does the work move us in some way? Does it make us think, laugh, cry or something else? 
  • There are no rules as to how developed or finished a piece needs to be. Previous shows have had a life on Broadway and have been re-written, other pieces had a few songs. We're interested in ideas and the potential future of pieces, not necessarily how much is done.  

Please send:

A 150-word synopsis about the show.

A paragraph about the creative team and journey of the project to date. 

Two songs that show off what the musical has to offer. 

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