Musical Theatre Darkroom

A brand new musical theatre artist development programme


About the project

The Musical Theatre Darkroom will bring together four experienced theatre makers who are new to musical theatre and four experienced musical theatre makers to take part in a six month development programme. The initiative is based on our Darkroom artist development programme, which has run since 2004.

The Musical Theatre Darkroom seeks to inspire innovative musicals in an environment where experienced theatre makers new to the musical theatre world can influence and be influenced by established musical theatre practitioners – and vice versa. The programme will include a residential retreat and a practical laboratory and will culminate in participant artists pitching their ideas for new musicals to a carefully selected group of potential producers.
James Hadley, Executive Director, Musical Theatre Network said Musical Theatre Network is excited about the growing interest in musical theatre from more experimental artists, acknowledging that commercial West End musicals are only part of as broad an artistic spectrum of musicals as there is of music or theatre in general. Musical Theatre Darkroom is a catalyst for new creative dialogues which will hopefully speak in new ways to audiences who might not have listened in previously.

The Musical Theatre Darkroom will be led by China Plate and the Musical Theatre Network in partnership with Royal & Derngate Northampton, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Harlow Playhouse and Farnham Maltings’ greenhouse initiative. The project is supported by Arts Council England and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.




Participating Artists