Welcome to Birmingham Hippodrome’s department for developing and producing new UK musicals.
This is the UK’s first in-house New Musical Theatre department. The team will focus on developing musical theatre talent, alongside commissioning, presenting and producing new musicals on Hippodrome stages and beyond.
We are proud that our department resides in one of the most diverse cities in the UK. Artists and audiences are at the heart of this department and we seek to represent Birmingham and the UK within the work we develop on and off stage.
What the department does:
MT Writers Group
A Musical Theatre Writers Group will launch with its first cohort in April 2024.
Over 12 months, five writing teams will receive:
- A £2,000 bursary per individual, as well as travel expenses
- 10 taught sessions led by writer and dramaturg Victoria Saxton and composer and musical director Tim Sutton
- Peer learning with the other members of the group as they share their work in progress
- Mentorship from the Birmingham Hippodrome team
Applications for this scheme have now closed.
Riffs are one-week residencies at Birmingham Hippodrome where writers can begin work on new projects, or creative teams can get together to think through and action changes at pivotal moments in the development of a new piece of work.
Our team will be supporting the development of new musicals by providing workshopping opportunities for companies and writing teams to explore their work in development with casts of professional performers.
We will also be commissioning work for the Hippodrome’s three stages – our intimate 200-seat Patrick Studio, our beautiful 1800-seater main house, and our festivals and off-site programme.
We are proud to be continuing to nurture new musical talent alongside partner venues and companies.
REWRITES, run in partnership with The Lowry, MAST Mayflower Studios and Norwich Theatres is a twice-annual touring platform for new musicals in development.
The Musical Theatre Darkroom is presented by China Plate, Birmingham Hippodrome, Musical Theatre Network, Mercury Musical Developments and Royal & Derngate, Northampton. The project brings together experienced musical theatre practitioners and writing teams / artists from global majority backgrounds to collaboratively interrogate traditions, models and approaches to making musical theatre.
How to get involved:
We have submission windows for different aspects of Musical Theatre development open at different points in the year.
Current submission windows:
Open: Mon 19 Feb – Fri 29 Mar 2024
We are currently accepting submissions of new musical theatre shows for programming in our Patrick Studio which will be tour ready between April 2025 and March 2026. Please note there are limited slots available during this cycle.
- This is an opportunity to be considered to present work in the Patrick Studio. The Hippodrome will not be co-producing or funding productions.
- Run lengths will be a maximum of 1 week including technical rehearsal.
- There are no restrictions on style or subject matter of projects to be considered.
- All submissions will be considered and applicants will be informed of outcome by end 28th June 2024.
- Successful companies will receive details of an available slot along with an offer of a proposed deal.
To be considered:
- Fill in this form by 29th March 2024.
- Companies/producers must be confident that the piece will be ready for presentation between April 2025 and March 2026.
- Companies must have sufficient capacity to produce the show within the time frame.
Projects in Development
Will open: Wed 1 May – Fri 28 Jun 2024
Want to develop work at the Hippodrome? During this window, we would like to hear from teams at various different stages of development – from a pitch idea to a polished draft.
More information to follow.
Our open calls and opportunities will also go out on X and Instagram (@BrumHippodrome), and on our website so keep an eye on all of our channels!
We are keen to see new musicals of different scales and various stages of development!
As a small team working on a national scale, we are not able to make everything, but we travel to see new work whenever and wherever possible. Getting in touch with around four weeks’ notice helps give us more chance of attending events outside of the Midlands.
To invite our team please fill out the form below – we will respond to all invitations and aim to let you know in advance if we are able to attend.
Images from This Is A Love Story Workshop Performances, Feb 2024. Photos by Manuel Harlan.