The third From Page To Stage season of musicals is set to premiere nine new shows.
Readings include a new musical by Loserville writing duo Elliot Davies and James Bourne and also a new piece from Tim Sanders and Charles Miller, whose Return Of The Soldier received a full production last year at Jermyn Street Theatre after a reading in the season.
The Stationmaster, a brand new British musical with music and lyrics by Tim Connor and book by Susannah Pearse, is to get a two-week run as part of the season of new musical theatre at the Tristan Bates Theatre from October 26.
Producer Katy Lipson of producers, Aria Entertainment, said: “From Page To Stage serves as a platform for new writing with a focus on new British musicals and supports not only the writers, but our audiences too.
“We hope the season will continue to act as 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.
“The Stationmaster is a wonderfully, dark, chamber piece with an interesting book to explore in the form of a musical. The musical language is unique and has a blend of tuneful melody and interesting harmony.
“The story of the piece instantly grabbed my attention when we were reading through our submissions, and I feel it is a great example of what a British writing team has to offer. I think it will represent the From Page To Stage brand well as our headline musical this year.”
From Page To Stage
THE STATIONMASTER runs from November 3-15. It is inspired by Horvath’s Judgment Day and translated by Christopher Hampton.
It’s 1958, in the Lake District town of Kirby. 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 tragedy occurs. The guilty pair decide to cover up their mistake. But their lives begin to unravel as ghosts start to appear to them in the town.
OUT THERE, running from October 27-29, is a new musical from Elliot Davis and James Bourne.
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 fathers, grandfathers, families, love, loss, hope, learning to be a child, learning to be a parent and never, ever, giving up on your dreams.
FIVE CHILDREN & IT, from October 30-31, a new musical based on the original story by E. Nesbit.
When exploring the land around their new country house, Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane and ‘The Lamb’ come across a rare and extremely grumpy Psammead.
A summer of mayhem ensues, and the children find that they must pay the price and grant the Psammead a wish of his own.
PRINCESS PHYLLIDA’S FORTNIGHT, running November 17-19, explores what happens when a pampered Bavarian princess escapes her fairytale life for a ripping yarn of derring-do, heady romance and Latin grammar!
MAP OF THE PAST (October 25) tells the story of a small boy who finds a box of photographs in his grandparents’ loft. Map Of The Past is a sung-through musical that promises a journey through love, loss and truths perhaps best left in the past.
FROM PAGE TO STAGE SHOWCASES (November 20/21)
These showcases will present 25-minute excerpts of four new musicals in development, performed by a repertory company of actors. Shows included are: Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, Cousins Grimm, This is Also England and Just a Man.
For full details of all planned performances and productions go to www.tristanbatestheatre.co.uk