Andrew Lloyd Webber and Paul Taylor Mills have announced details for The Other Palace Development Programme and first Work in Progress series.
The Other Palace opened in February 2017 as a new home for musical theatre. The venue aims to discover, develop and reimagine musicals.
For audience members, The Other Palace’s Development Programme offers the opportunity to see new shows in their infancy and be part of the process, providing the creative team with invaluable feedback.
Andrew Lloyd Webber said: “I want The Other Palace to become the London space where writers and producers can try out and perfect new work, offering audiences the opportunity to see and contribute to musicals in development. My hopes for The Other Palace are based on my experience with “School of Rock” in America. I presented “School of Rock” as a staged workshop at the Gramercy Theatre, a rock venue in New York. By not premiering the musical in a finished form with elaborate sets, it gave the creative team complete flexibility to refine the material. It was a liberating experience for all of us.”
The Other Palace Artistic Director, Paul Taylor Mills added: “We’re delighted to be hosting a series of initiatives that truly nurture artists and their work, and allow our audience to be an important part of the action. Our Development Programme is at the heart of our vision to advance the musicals of tomorrow whilst reimagining the classics.”
In our first Work in Progress series we’re developing two brand new British musicals and rediscovering two American musicals. This breadth of style and the varying stages of the pieces cements our commitment to ensuring that The Other Palace really is the home for all things musical theatre in the UK.”
As well as staging Heathers the Musical and Bonnie & Clyde the series will feature new musical Joybubbles and Dr Feelgood.
The venues will also host Open Mic nights, Pitch days, Creative Connect nights and Musical Bites, where four new musicals that are in the early stages of development will be showcased.
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