The annual festival celebrating musical theatre will return for its sixth year, from the 10th September at the Southwark Playhouse. 

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With submissions now open, Aria Entertainment’s musical theatre festival returns for 2018, following last year’s successful festival which took place at The Other Palace and received over 300 submissions from across the UK and internationally.

From Page to Stage 2018 will showcase every step of the musical theatre process  from a song-writing showcase, to full staged readings of new musicals. There will also be a showcase evening, which will feature sections of at least four different shows in development with a repertory cast. 

Meanwhile, alongside this From Page to Stage will launch a new venture, From Page To Stage North West in partnership with Aria Entertainment’s northern home, the Hope Mill Theatre, which was founded by Joseph Houston and William Whelton. From Page To Stage North West is a unique opportunity offering one writing team a full writing commission of an original musical. The writing team selected will then be fully commissioned and receive a workshop of the new musical in 2019, with the intention to stage the piece fully in 2020 at the Hope Mill Theatre.

Talking about the news Producer Katy Lipson from Aria Entertainment said“I have always believed that the future of musical theatre in this country can only be brought about by investing regularly in new musicals and new writers and so I am proud to be presenting the 6th year of the From Page To Stage Festival of new musicals. In just 6 years we have given a platform to over 100 new musicals from over 15 countries with some shows going on to have full productions, more development workshops and even publishing deals. Contrary to other showcases, we invite both industry and the public in to take part in the early stage development of these works, which is important in helping to mould audiences’ expectations of what the genre can actually deliver.” 

Those planning to enter  From Page To Stage 2018 Festival will need to include their show title, lyricist/composer/book writer, a short synopsis and three record tracks and scenes from the show. Each submission of a new musical will be fully assessed by the From Page To Stage expert literary team. In July 2018, it will be announced which musicals have been selected for this years festival.

Writing teams interested in From Page To Stage North West will need to sign up on the From Page To Stage website and register their interest. Writing teams will then be invited to a pitching day in August 2018.

 Submissions for FPTS 2018 are open until 25 June 2018. For more information visit: http://www.frompage2stage.com/

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