Musical Theatre Submissions

Theatre Royal Stratford East is dedicated to breaking new ground with musicals that bring contemporary and urban music into the mainstream of British theatre through diverse and unheard stories. Our mission is to develop new voices, so whether you are on your first or fifteenth song or musical, we are interested in hearing about your work

We are interested in musical that engage audiences with their story, form, or music from writers of all ages and backgrounds. We welcome big, ambitious pieces with large casts as well as chamber musicals. We believe in a theatre that reflects the world we live in and can reach out to a diverse audience.

While we are especially focused on musicals that make use of contemporary and urban music genres, we are also interested in work that might use a traditional MT sound to explore new ideas or stories.

We accept scripts from writers with agents and those without. Our goal is to discover artists we can develop long-term relationships with. We want to find ambitious and risk-taking writers of words, music and beats.

We are happy to look at completed projects, projects in development, pitches, and song samples. It does not have to be a completed script, but please do give us some context for the work you submit.

Electronic submissions are preferred and should be sent to MTSubmissions@stratfordeast.com, addressed to the Musical Theatre New Writing Manager, Sevan Tavoukdjian.

If you prefer hard copy submission, please send to: Sevan Tavoukdjian, Musical Theatre New Writing Manager, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, London, E15 1BN.

Please ensure the following is included in your submission:

  • Covering letter including:
    • Links to a demo or recording (DropBox, SoundCloud, etc.). Or a CD if submitting a hard copy.
    • Why you think this is a good piece for Theatre Royal Stratford East.
    • Why you think this story needs to be told
  • Title page with character list, synopsis, production/development history. Please be sure to include names of the creative team as well as the contact details for the person to whom we should respond.Your contact information.
  • Full script with pages numbered.

To cut down on costs and to be more green, unfortunately, we no longer send out personal replies or return scripts, photos or CVs etc. (with or without SAEs). If you have not heard from us within 3 months you can assume that we were unable to work with you at this time. 

We also welcome invitations to workshops, productions, or presentations of your work, so please e-mail us at MTSubmissions@stratfordeast.com and let us know when you have something on and we’ll do our best to attend. We look forward to getting to know your work and creating new and original musicals for our stage.

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