The Other Palace & Turbine Theatre are pleased to announce MTFestUK 2023 will be showcasing eight new musicals over a two week period (from 30th January – 11th February), across both The Other Palace Studio and The Turbine Theatre.

MTFestUK is a unique festival that provides a platform to showcase new and exciting musical theatre. This year eight new productions will be workshopped and presented in ‘sharing’ sessions allowing audiences to come and support, explore, engage and enjoy new musical theatre in its earliest stages of development.

Each piece will be cast and rehearsed, before holding four sharing performances in workshop format, open to audiences. This year’s pieces include a diverse range of titles and themes, from a wide range of different authors and composers including:

MTFestUK at The Other Palace

Dark Lord (30th January – 1st February)

Music, Lyrics and Book by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy,
Based on the books by Jamie Thomson.
Directed by Andy Fickman

A 12-year-old boy claims he’s a monstrous Dark Lord, banished from his magical dimension by a white wizard archenemy. Placed with foster parents, he hunts for the portal to his homeworld while combating the horrors of middle school.

Sherlock Holmes and The Poisonwood (2nd – 4th February)

Book, Lyrics and Directed by P Burton-Morgan
Music & Lyrics by Ben Glasstone

A whip smart new rock musical. Sherlock is shredding away on his electric guitar when Dr Watson enters with a case – they must move fast to uncover the truth before the digital manipulations of tech billionaire Jan Moriarty get them cancelled…permanently.

Train on Fire (6th – 8th February)

Book, Music and Lyrics by Annabelle Lee Revak

Kitty Marion just wanted to sing. Instead, she became one of the most volatile suffragettes in Britain’s history. Train on Fire is a show where the feminists of today tell the story of a feminist of yesterday.

Precipice (9th – 11th February)

Book by Tori Allen-Martin
Songs by Adam Geber and Tori Allen-Martin

Directed by Sarah Henley

Five friends in their 30s metaphorically falling off the edge of a precipice as they face questions around sex, sexuality, fertility and legacy. A pop infused romp through finding a way to make your mark in the world when the clock keeps ticking faster.

MTFestUK at The Turbine Theatre

The Government Inspector (30th January – 1st February)

Book by Jodie Prenger and Neil Hurst,

Music and Lyrics by Catriona Gisby and Maxwell Tyler

Directed by Andrew Beckett

Taking inspiration from Nikolai Gogol’s 19th Century satirical comedy, this modern adaptation opens the famous black door of number ten Downing Street for a tale of greed, a tale of power and a whole lot of musical madness.

Come Dine With Me (2nd – 4th February)

Music by Aaron King

Book and Lyrics by Sam Norman

Created with Nell Butler and Genevieve Welch

Take a bunch of tuneful strangers. Mix in a dollop of behind-the-scenes skulduggery, a sprinkling of star-crossed love, a Sound Man jumping to all the wrong conclusions, and plenty of juicy arpeggios. Marinade, cook for sixty minutes, and serve hot.

Pump Up The Volume (6th – 8th February)

Music by Jeff Thomson, Book and lyrics by Jeremy Desmon, Based on the screenplay by Allan Moyle

Directed by Dave Solomon

A shy teen rocks an oppressive, small town by launching an underground Pirate Radio station, broadcasting nightly as the raucous shock jock “Hard Harry.” When tragedy strikes, this unlikely hero must find his true voice and keep the air alive.

Out The Box (9th – 11th February)

Music and Lyrics by Preeya Kalidas and Craig Shenton

Book by Preeya Kalidas and Arun Blair Mangat

Maya finally opens the box left for her, after her mother’s death. The box unlocks memories of the past and a journey of discovery for Maya as she shares her story. An exploration of self-love, culture, relationships, and empowerment.

Casting for each of the MTFestUK shows is to be announced soon.

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