Musical Theatre Initiative

The Vision

Musical Theatre is a key priority for Theatre Royal Stratford East with a vision to break new ground and revitalise the musical form to create work that is relevant to and informed by today's modern Britain and attract new diverse audiences.

To realise this vision, in 1999 we launched our Musical Theatre Initiative, giving writers and musicians a development process to bring their own voices into the context of theatre, using words, music, and/or beats.

Without such support, there is no natural bridge into musical theatre for much of the music-writing talent that is abundant in Britain today. More information can be found on our musicals submission page.

The Process

Central to the Musical Theatre Initiative is the Musical Theatre Workshop.

Held every summer, it brings musicians, DJs, rappers, playwrights, spoken word artists, novelists, poets and hip hop artists from around Britain to Theatre Royal Stratford East to work closely with experienced theatre professionals.

By the end of the intensive 2 to 3-week programme, participants have gained the skills to move from writing individual music tracks to understanding the process of creating a full-length musical.

Led by Fred Carl and Robert Lee, two specialist tutors from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, the participants develop their own skills and, through collaboration with other artists, discover what it means to write a short musical.

The Musical Theatre Workshop not only provides the opportunity for young writing teams to cut their teeth in musicals, but also to form new creative partnerships.

The Workshop also welcomes directors, dramaturgs and producers as observers as they often play an important role in the process.

The Future

It is not only critical for us, but also for theatre as a whole. Musical Theatre is an art form that has a special ability to connect with people from all walks of life, and the Musical Theatre Workshop is key to bringing the contemporary and diverse influences that will ensure its future relevance and vitality.

We are interested in hearing from music producers, playwrights, poets, MCs, DJs, novelists, rappers, composers and other professional artists who are interested in fusing their talent and skill into a new kind of contemporary musical.

For more information on Musical Theatre read our Musical Theatre review.

Supported by The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.


Keep up to date with our current MTW cohort here :

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