From Page To Stage 2017

From Page to Stage 2017
Monday 14 August – Sunday 3 September 2017

The Other Palace


Aria Entertainment are delighted to announce their exciting musical concerts and the eleven new musicals selected to be showcased during their Summer Festival at The Other Palace (Monday 14 August – Sunday 3 September 2017) including: musical royalty with Tony and Grammy Award winning writer Steven Sater (Spring Awakening) and Academy Award, Grammy Award winning pop legend Burt Bacharach’s new musical Some Lovers – a fully produced main house production; and titular royalty on stage in the studio, with the coming of age new family musical The Queen’s Nose by Charles Miller and Tim Sanders, adapted from the right royal author Dick King-Smith’s delightfully funny children’s book.

Fast becoming the world’s leading new musical theatre Summer Festival From Page To Stage moves into The Other Palace, where night and day over the three weeks, the sound of music from new musicals from across the globe will be brought to life; both in the theatre and studio – and even the bar. From a record breaking 302 submissions from 15 countries, the selected new musicals will be showcased and performed by top West End performers, directors, choreographers,  musicians and musical directors – showing each step of a new musical, with workshops, readings, showcases (25 minute tasters of musicals) and fully staged productions.

Andrew Lloyd Webber, owner of The Other Palace says: “I am thrilled that Katy Lipson is bringing From Page to Stage to The Other Palace, in August. It buoys my hope that The Other Palace will become a breeding ground for new musicals and a genuine hub for anyone interested in musical theatre.”

The Festival will open with the slick cutting-edge Song Writers Showcase (14 Aug), giving a professional platform for some awesome new musical songs from a plethora of musical genres, very clearly showing the calibre of shows on tap for three weeks at The Other Palace.

Creating a perfect From Page To Stage mini Family Festival in the studio (28 Aug-02 Sept), The Queen’s Nose will be one of three family shows alongside the infectious tale of Chicken Little by Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary; and the first musical where the world of carnivores and herbivores clash in Dinostory by Luke Di Somma, Mark Anderson and Erin Carter.

The Festival includes darker musicals XY (15 – 17 Aug) by Oliver Houser: “whilst studying on my undergraduate psychology course, I learnt about the psychologically harmful, non-consensual corrective surgeries still performed regularly on intersex infants. It’s been percolating in me for 5 years….” – Christopher Dickens and Tom Wright’s Rebel Song (21 – 23 Aug), a topical love story adapted from the award-winning novel At Swim, Two Boys…… – and One Way (24 – 26 Aug), in which an astrophysicist is selected to go on the first one-way trip to Mars by Ben Bonnema and Christopher Staskel.

Other exciting musicals being premiered at From Page To Stage include: The Edinburgh 7 (24 – 26 Aug) by young bloods Christina Tweeddale & Catherine Myers (from the band Honeyblood), the Kielty Brothers and Jordanna O’Neill – their musical of women’s suffrage and their fight to study medicine in 1866…. – The comedy musical by Chris Burgess, The Girls of Downey Hall (24 – 26 Aug) based on Jenny Colgan’s best-selling novel Class …. – Tasha Taylor Johnson (Feed Your Ego) and musical director Phil Cornwell’s Cult! (24 – 26 Aug) a comedy tale of an unlikely group of Doomsday Seekers…. – and One Day (28 – 30 Aug) by Ben Toth, Todd Almond and Anil Baral set in 1972 Northern Ireland: Catholic against Protestant, Irish against British, neighbour against neighbour….

And the headline show: Some Lovers (24 Aug – 02 Sept) – Bacharach’s first new score for the theatre since 1968s Promises Promises. Steven Sater says: “Love songs, that’s what I write. Burt and I had just written our first song together; and some months and any number of songs later I came to recognise how distinct our songs were from those ubiquitous pop anthems of young love. Ours seemed invariably to express a sort of disaffection, a disappointment, a dark joy, or the renewed determination of a more mature, mid-relationship romance. One day, in the heat of July in Los Angeles, as Burt and I laboured away on a Christmas song, I thought: what if we revisited that Depression-Era classic story, The Gift of the Magi?  What became of those young Christmas lovers, twenty years after their happily ever after? And that was the beginning of Some Lovers.”

The first weekend of From Page To Stage sees two special evenings in the Studio, with British composer Charles Miller in You Know How To Love Me (18 – 19 Aug). Joining him will be a host of West End artistes singing from his wonderfully surprising shows including: Brenda Bly: Teen Detective, When Midnight Strikes and The Return Of The Soldier – and Charles will be sharing his favourite behind-the-scenes stories.

And then the Closing Gala (03 Sept) and the icing on the cake of Aria Entertainment’s From Page To Stage Summer Festival is an evening with America’s finest: An Evening Of Songs From Spring Awakening Creators Duncan Sheik And Steven Sater. An extraordinary concert performance of Steven and Duncan’s many musical collaborations including: Spring Awakening, Phantom Moon, Nero, Alice By Heart, Umbrage, The Nightingale and A Home At The End Of The World – and maybe a sneak preview of their latest projects….. a unique ending to the world renowned festival……

Ticket prices from £7.50 – £20.

From Page To Stage 2016

From Page to Stage is a season of new musical theatre produced by Aria Entertainment dedicated to showcasing un-produced work and work in development to an audience to garner feedback and create new opportunities for the artistes involved.

Now taking submissions for its fourth year, From Page to Stage will be returning to the TRISTAN BATES THEATRE (in the Actors Centre) from 31 October through to 3 December 2016.


Following on from the success of the previous three years, these events are aimed at inspiring discussion about the future of musical theatre on a local, national, and international level.

This year we are also delighted to be expanding into the North West and are looking for a piece specifically with a Northern theme which will be workshopped and presented at THE HOPE MILL THEATRE in Manchester over a week’s period in September.


Please Note: This is a completely separate entry and submissions can only be made to either Manchester or London.

The Stationmaster – A New Musical – World Premiere

Tuesday 3 – Sunday 15 November 2016

Inspired by Horvath’s Judgment Day, translated by Christopher Hampton.

1958, in a small town in the Lake District, railway stationmaster Thomas Price is the pillar of his local community.

But when a young woman unexpectedly arrives on the platform, his well-ordered life begins to unravel…


BOOK – Susannah Pearse

MUSIC & LYRICS – Tim Connor

DIRECTOR – Bronagh Lagan

MUSICAL DIRECTOR – Caroline Humphris

DESIGNER – Nik Corrall



From Page To Stage 2015


From Page To Stage is dedicated to showcasing new musical work in development to an audience, to garner feedback and create new opportunities for the artistes involved.

The 2015 season at The Tristan Bates Theatre will include:

A new British musical – to headline the season and run for two weeks in a fully staged production

Showcases – parts of new musicals in development, presented with minimal staging

Rehearsed readings – 3 full musicals in development, read from scripts.

Last year the season included readings of new musicals, Merman’s Apprentice, Claus and The Return Of The Soldier, which went on to have a critically acclaimed run at Jermyn Street Theatre. There were also fully produced productions of Before The Night Is Through and The Mistress Cycle. It was supported by Grant For The Arts.

Producer Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment said today: “I am absolutely thrilled to confirm that the From Page To Stage season of new Musical Theatre will be back for a third year – and this time in the heart of the West End! Attendance at last year’s event was up from 2013 and we received over 150 new pieces of Musical Theatre to choose from. We are delighted to once again be supporting writers of new Musical Theatre at different stages of their works’ journey, whilst also cultivating new audiences, by allowing them to be part of these new works from the beginning.’

The 2015 Season is announced!

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The From Page to Stage Season of New Musicals 2015


From Page To Stage is a season of new musical theatre dedicated to the showcasing of musical work in development to an audience, to garner feedback and create new opportunities for the artistes involved. Entering its third year, From Page To Stage is now in a central London location at the Tristan Bates Theatre and building on the successes of the seasons that came before it. Almost 80 shows were submitted for the season this year, with the selected shows below.


Opening PerformanceGALA SHOWCASE

Monday 26th October (19.30)


Fully-staged Reading – ‘Out There’

Tuesday 27th – Thursday 29th October (19:30)

Tickets – £12

Synopsis: Newman Carter, a world famous astronaut, mysteriously disappears in 1969. Forty years later, a troubled young man, turns up on his doorstep with a letter, which changes everything, for everyone…

Out There is an original tale about families, love, loss, hope and never giving up on your dream.

From, Elliot Davis and James Bourne, the writing team that brought you Loserville, Out There is a story for every generation.

Out There…dreams don’t age with age…

Elliot Davis and James Bourne (Lyrics, Music and Book)


Fully-staged  Reading – ‘Five Children & IT’

Friday 30th & Saturday 31st October

(Fri 19:30, Sat 2:30 and 19:30)

Tickets – £12

Synopsis: When exploring the land around their new country house, Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane and ‘The Lamb’ come across a magical and extremely grumpy Psammead, or ‘sand-fairy’. He promises to grant them any wish, but the children soon discover that simple wishes aren’t always so straightforward.  Mayhem ensues, until the children must grant the Psammead a wish of his own…

Eamonn O’Dwyer (Music & Lyrics)

Helen Watts (Book)


Headline Musical – ‘The Stationmaster’

Tuesday 3rd – Sunday 15th November

(Tues-Fri 19:30, Sat 2:30 and 19:30, Sun 2:30)

Tickets – £18/16

Synopsis: It’s 1958 and we’re in the town of Kirby in the Lake District. Railway stationmaster Thomas Price is the pillar of the local community.

Until a young woman arrives on the platform and distracts him from his duties. Thomas forgets to set a crucial signal and a tragic train crash occurs. The guilty pair decide to cover up their mistake. But as ghosts start to appear to them in the town, things begin to unravel!

Tim Connor (Music and Lyrics)

Susannah Pearse (Book)


Fully-staged Reading – ‘Princess Phyllida’s Fortnight’

Tuesday 17th – Thursday 19th November (19:30)

Tickets – £12

Synopsis: Everyone thinks Phyllida lives inside a fairytale, but the pampered Bavarian princess is planning an escape.

Spurning a handsome prince, Phyllida absconds with her tutor, Fritzing. They settle in Somerset, where Phyllida wreaks havoc by behaving rather too much like a princess! Then a certain jilted prince turns up…

Princess Phyllida’s Fortnight is a ripping yarn of derring-do, heady romance and Latin grammar.

Tim Sanders (Book and Lyrics)

Charles Miller (Music)



Friday 20th – Saturday 21st November

(Friday 19:30, Saturday 2:30 and 19:30)

Tickets – £15

The Showcase performances will highlight four different musicals, each with a 25 minute version of the show. Pieces included are:

Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime

With a fortnight until his wedding, Lord Arthur Savile attends a party where a palm reader foretells a horrifying event in his future: he will commit murder. Devastated, Arthur fears a happy marriage is now impossible. He resolves he cannot marry – at least, not until he’s killed someone.

Beverly Ward (Music and Lyrics)

Kirby Ward (Book)

Cousins Grimm

Jackie and Leon, The Cousins Grimm, adapt some of their ancestors’ lesser known stories into a musical adding a queer sensibility to them. Their contemporary twists on the stories represent their combined subconscious and reflect their own personal lives. When Jacob Grimm appears to advise the writing team, something very odd happens…

Michael Biello (Lyrics) and Dan Martin (Music)

Ted Sod (Book)

This is Also England

1957, West London. Prime Minister Harold Macmillian declares that ‘You’ve Never Had it So Good’ but for a diverse range of recently arrived immigrants, it doesn’t feel like that. 20 year old Miriam Gambles dreams of returning to Antigua, but ends up building a different kind of home in London where she learns that you don’t have to change yourself to fit in.

Joseph Finlay (Music)

Raphael Smith (Lyrics and Book)

Just a Man

Is the true-life musical about Walter Tull, the first mixed-race British footballer in the top English division and the first mixed-race combat officer in the British Army.

With songs by Johnny Whetstone and Mick Bass (from ‘The Look’ who had a number six single with “I Am The Beat”).

Johnny Whetstone & Mick Bass (Music & Lyrics)

Guy James (Book)


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From Page To Stage 2014






Press Release from the recent new musical theatre season:

Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment and Robert McWhir of The Landor Theatre are delighted to announce the full programme of work for the second annual From Page To Stage Festival, a season of new musical theatre at the Landor Theatre from Monday 10 February to Sunday 9 March 2014. The full season of work is on sale now with tickets to the two headline musicals at £15 and tickets to all other events in the season at £10.   From Page To Stage is a season of new musical theatre dedicated to the showcasing of work in development to an audience, to garner feedback and create new opportunities for the artistes involved. The 2014 season was selected from an open application process which saw 120 musicals submitted, and presents a mixed programme of work at various stages of development from rehearsed readings to fully staged productions, as well as a selection of platform and scratch events aimed at inspiring discussion about the future of musical theatre on a local, national and international level. Following the success of last year’s inaugural festival, From Page To Stage has also been awarded an Arts Council grant to support the 2014 programme of work.   The 2014 season will feature two fully staged productions, presenting the UK Premieres of a British and an American musical in week-long runs:



Press Night Wednesday 19 February 2014

  Before the Night is Through is a brand new British musical with Book and Lyrics by Olivia Thompson and Music by Chris Whitehead.   November 1935.  Honey Quenelle, England’s biggest movie star is hosting a lavish party to celebrate her birthday, at her remote home on Lost Crow Island. The champagne is chilling, the glamorous guests are ready for an unforgettable night and reliable butler, Hugo is on hand to make sure the evening goes without a hitch. But when catering fails to arrive, news filters through of an escaped inmate at Beningford asylum, and Gaylord, the gerbil escapes from the soup tureen, events take a nasty turn.  Who is about to meet their maker?  Who cannot escape from their past?  And who will be brave enough to sample Mabel’s devilled prunes before the night is through….



Press Night Wednesday 5 March 2014


The Mistress Cycle is a new American musical with Book and Lyrics by Beth Blatt and Music by Jenny Giering.     Mistress: a woman who illicitly occupies the place of wife – practically speaking, anyone who comes second. Jezebel, Siren, Vixen, Enchantress, Adulteress.   A musical tale of sacrifice, destruction and renewal, The Mistress Cycle is the story of Tess, a struggling 30-something photographer living in Manhattan, who is made an offer by a wealthy, older man to “keep her” as his mistress. As she wrestles with his proposition, Mistresses from different eras and cultures come to tell their stories and share their points-of-view: Ching, a 14-year-old concubine from 12th century China; Diane de Poitiers, the mistress of Henri II in France in the 1500’s; Lulu White, a bordello Madame in turn-of-the-last-century New Orleans; and Anais Nin, the famous diarist and infamous sexual adventuress. By the end of the show, Tess has learned so much about these women, about mistresshood, about herself – and has made her decision.

Three musicals will be showcased in the form of a rehearsed reading:



  A new musical with Book and Lyrics by Stephen Cole and Music by David Evans   1970. The Golden Age of Musical Theatre is drawing to an end. But twelve-year-old Muriel Plakenstein doesn’t know that. So she runs away from home to become a Broadway star, and meets the Queen of Broadway Ethel Merman, who takes her to a Hello, Dolly! rehearsal where they sing together. When legendary producer David Merrick hears the kid, he decides to star Muriel in the first all-child cast of Dolly! Naturally, Merman takes her under wing to teach her the ropes of being a star…making little Muriel Plakenstein Merman’s Apprentice.



  A new musical with Book by Simon Warne Music and Lyrics by Andy Collyer.   How the Boy became a Man. How the Man became a Legend. Claus tells the incredible story of a human child brought up by immortals in a magical forest. But when Claus discovers there’s a whole world outside of the forest, inhabited by humans like him, his life takes a different path.



  A new musical with Book and Lyrics by Tim Sanders and Music by Charles Miller.   Coinciding with the centenary of the First World War, The Return of the Soldier is a new musical adaptation of Rebecca West’s remarkable 1918 novella of the home front. An intensely bitter-sweet tale dissects the very different love of three women for one man. When Christopher returns from the war, shell-shocked, there are profound consequences for each of them. With a cast of six, this powerful new drama with its rich and arresting score becomes an eloquent treatise on the nature of love, truth, memory and loss. In the end, only an extraordinary sacrifice will restore the fragile status quo.

The season is completed by a selection of platform events and scratch nights:



  A selection of writers will be invited to present their own material with some special guest performers.



  A Surreal and gritty musical set against the backdrop of the UK economic cuts. Big Society The Musical takes the action of austerity protest marches and the spectacle of a west end musical and weaves in a personal story of finding a voice. It is social politics set to music, hard hitting and authentic, lifted with the help of a little northern British humor.   Linda is a strong woman in her late 40s who works with young offenders. Facing unemployment and the pending closure of her Youth Centre, Linda thinks only of Connor, a defiant 14-year-old who has no one apart from her. Linda risks her relationship, her home and her reputation to help him. But as she fights for control, she realizes she has none. When no one hears you shout… Sing!   The film tells its story through 14 strong original musical numbers which range from hundreds of singing community members chanting down a street through to intimate and touching duets on a tall ship. The film embodies the everyday, from OAP’s singing on allotments to female impersonators in smokey cabaret clubs, this improvised piece provides a familiar and ‘real’ look at the big society.   The producers of Big Society The Musical, which will be screened in cinemas all over the world, will present a 40-minute preview of the film, followed by a Q&A session.



  These scratch nights will present 30-minute excerpts of 3 new musicals in development, performed by a repertory company of actors. Katy Lipson said today: “‘We are delighted to now confirm this year’s chosen work of 2 full scale musicals, 3 readings and 3 showcases amongst others and we are thrilled to have secured a Grant For The Arts in support of the work we are doing. From Page To Stage serves as a platform for new writing and supports not only the writers but our audiences too. We hope the season will establish a strong vehicle for the development of new musicals here in the UK and help secure partners for the future of some of the works included.”  

For more details about the full season of work visit:



From Page to Stage 2013

A season of new musical theatre writing at The Landor Theatre, London. Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment teamed up with the Artistic Director of the Landor Theatre, Robert McWhir, to curate a season of new musical theatre, compiling showcases, workshops and products of new International musical theatre writing. People have been asking, ‘Why isn’t there a venue dedicated to the presentation of new musical writing?’ Well now we have just that! Work was presented by a wide range of writers and producers including a showcase of songs from The New Musical Songbook (a website recently created with rights-holders and publishers Stagescripts Ltd, A STAGE KINDLY and The New Musical Network) which promotes the online sale and exposure of original musical theatre songs.The Landor season took place from February-March 2013.

Wednesday February 13th 7.30pm Sunshine Guy a new musical by James Lovelock (not suitable for children!)

Friday February 15th 7.30pm An Evening of Music and Lyrics by Annemarie Lewis Thomas

Saturday February 16th 7.30pm and 17th 3pm and 7.30pm The Road To Qatar! – by David Krane and Stephen Cole. A reading of this new musical all the way from New York. Directed by Kate Golledge and musically directed by George Dyer.!the-road-to-qatar/c1fdc

Tuesday February 19th – Sunday February 24th The Route To Happiness
(Tuesday – Saturday at 7.30pm, Sunday 24th at 2.30pm)

The world premiere of the new musical by award-winning composer-lyricist and BBC comic songwriterAlexander S. Bermange, with top musical theatre artists Cassidy Janson (Lend Me A Tenor, Avenue Q, Wicked), Niall Sheehy (finalist on ITV’s Superstar, Spamalot, Wicked) and Shona White (Chess, Les Miserables, Wicked). Directed by Landor Theatre artistic director Robert McWhir (Hot Mikado, Curtains,The Glorious Ones).

Sunday February 24th 7.30pm Richard Beadle & Friends – a collection of songs from the talented composer with some guests straight from the West End.

Tuesday February 26th 7.30pm 3 Writers And A Piano – Giles Howe, Tamar Broadbent and Gary Albert Hughes showcase some of their very own writing

Wednesday February 27th 7.30pm A Body To Die(t) For – a new musical by Tim Anfilogoff and Alan Whittaker. Directed by Matthew Gould and musically directed by Benjamin Holder.

Thursday February 28th 7.30pm A British Boy in Brooklyn – a new musical from the writers of Jet Set Go, Jake Brunger & Pippa Cleary.

Friday March 1st and 2nd 7.30pm Bitesize – 3 mini musicals by Michael Gordon Shapiro and Mark Harvey Levine and comedy songs from David Reiser, Noel Katz and Alexander Bermange

Sunday March 3rd 3pm Accidental Songs: The Words And Music Of Andy Collyer

Sunday March 3rd 7.30pm The Music of Lee Freeman

Wednesday March 6th and 7th 7.30pm Twenty Something – Tales From The Bad Years Work In Progress by Kerrigan-Lowdermilk

Friday March 8th 7.30pm 3 Composers 3 Countries – a collection of songs from writers Anna Hurkmans, Raffaele Paglione, Nicola Jane Buttigieg and Danny Davies. Directed by Christopher Lane and musically directed by Vikki Rogers.

Saturday March 9th 2pm First Impressions: an exclusive afternoon of never-heard-before musical theatre

Saturday March 9th 7.30pm Writer’s Block – a showcase of 3 new musicals in development.

Tuesday March 12th 7.30pm ‘The List’ and other musical stories by Tamar Broadbent.

Wednesday March 13th 7.30pm Emerald – a new Irish-American musical by Denise Wright and Chris Burgess (this musical is the winner of the Sidney Brown Award for New Musicals 2013), starring Claire Sweeney. Directed by Nikolai Foster and musically directed by Tony award winning Sarah Travis.

Thursday March 14th 7.30pm Kandy Kottage – a bitter-sweet tale by Taylor, Rowan & Hughes.
Friday March 15th 7.30pm The Landor presents “Preview” – a selection of material from some of the upcoming projects to be shown at The Landor Theatre in 2013

Saturday March 16th 7.30pm New Musical Songbook

Sunday March 17th 7.30pm Dougal Irvine and Guests.


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