The new musical theatre festival MTFESTUK is returning to London for 2023.
Running from 30 January to 11 February 2023, for the first time the festival will be split between The Other Palace in Victoria and the Turbine Theatre in Battersea. Both venues are managed by Paul Taylor-Mills.
This year eight new musicals will be presented in workshop format – all of which are currently in development.
The musicals include Train on Fire, Sherlock Holmes and the Poisonwood, Pump Up the Volume, Out The Box, Precipice, Dark Lord, Come Dine With Me, and The Government Inspector.
The four shows at the Turbine Theatre will be The Government Inspector (30 January to 1 February), featuring Jodie Prenger, Neil Hurst, Catriona Gisby and Maxwell Tyler, who will give Nikolai Gogol’s 19th century satirical political comedy a musical makeover; Come Dine With Me (2 to 4 February), based on the ITV format about a group of strangers who come together to cook it out, from Aaron King, Sam Norman, Nell Butler and Genevieve Welch; Pump Up the Volume (6 to 8 February), based on the much-loved 1990 movie about a pirate radio station that rocks a small town, from Jeremy Desmon; and Out the Box (9 to 11 February), Preeya Kalidas, Craig Shenton and Arun Blair Mangat’s musical which explores grief and memory as a daughter opens a box left to her by her late mother.
Over at The Other Palace, the shows are: Dark Lord (30 January to 1 February) from Heathers The Musical creators Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy, about a 12-year-old boy who claims he’s a monstrous Dark Lord, banished from his magical dimension by a white wizard archenemy; Sherlock Holmes and the Poisonwood (2 to 4 February) by P Burton-Morgan and Ben Glasstone, a whip smart new rock musical that sees Sherlock shredding away on his electric guitar when Dr Watson enters with a case; Train on Fire (6 to 8 February) by Annabelle Lee Revak, about Kitty Marion who just wanted to sing, and instead became one of the most volatile suffragettes in Britain’s history; and Precipice (9 to 11 February) by Adam Geber and Tori Allen-Martin, about five friends in their 30s metaphorically falling off the edge of a precipice – a pop infused romp through finding a way to make your mark when the clock ticks faster.