News: The Other Palace launches its Development and Work In Progress Programmes

News: The Other Palace launches its Development and Work In Progress Programmes

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Paul Taylor Mills are delighted to announce details for The Other Palace Development Programme and first Work in Progress series until December 2017.

The Other Palace opened in February 2017 as a new home for musical theatre. The venue aims to discover, develop and reimagine musicals; to nurture the next generation of musicals and the creatives behind them; celebrating the very best of the art form, from the established to the brand new.

The Other Palace’s Development Programme has been created to identify, explore, encourage and support musicals at every stage of their journey. The venue will be offering creatives space, time and resources; enabling them to explore and test their work, both privately and with an audience. Andrew Lloyd Webber comments:

“I want The Other Palace to become the London space where writers and producers can try out and perfect new work, offering audiences the opportunity to see and contribute to musicals in development. My hopes for The Other Palace are based on my experience with School of Rock in America.  I presented it as a staged workshop at the Gramercy Theatre, a rock venue in New York. By not premiering the musical in a finished form with elaborate sets, it gave the creative team complete flexibility to refine the material. It was a liberating experience for all of us.”


The Other Palace Artistic Director, Paul Taylor Mills adds:

“We’re delighted to be hosting a series of initiatives that truly nurture artists and their work, and allow our audience to be an important part of the action. Our Development Programme is at the heart of our vision to advance the musicals of tomorrow whilst reimagining the classics.”


The Other Palace Work in Progress series offers productions a short residency at the venue which allows companies to create, develop and explore their work. These residencies will include a number of public sharings where audience feedback will be collected to inform the next stage of the project’s development. The ambition is that these productions will have a future life either at The Other Palace or beyond. Tickets are now on sale for the first Work in Progress series, which includes:

  • Heathers The Musical, the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers.
  • Dr Feelgood, an ambitious young doctor who uses unorthodox, unethical medical practice to propel him towards the top of American society but ends up disgraced, as nothing more than a high-class drug dealer.
  • Joybubbles, the regression of Joe Engressia, born completely blind but with perfect pitch, into a child with the name to Joybubbles.
  • Bonnie & Clyde, the first meeting of the villainous duo, where their mutual cravings for excitement and fame immediately set them on a mission to chase their dreams. Their bold and reckless behaviour turns the young lovers’ thrilling adventure into a downward spiral, with the lovers resorting to robbery and murder to survive.


For more information or to book tickets to any of the productions, please visit the website.