Launching S&S Theatre Productions

Fans of new British musicals will be familiar with The S&S Award, the prize that set out to find and give a professional life to the country’s best new unproduced musical. After years of sourcing and developing those rich seams of talent, the awards body is now evolving into S&S Theatre Productions.

As part of their MyTheatreMates campaign to announce the new company, I chaired a Zoom Q&A with S&S’s two founders, literary agent Caroline Underwood and writer Warner Brown, as well as collaborator Jenny Eastop, the Mercurius Theatre founder who will direct the company’s first stage show (soon to be announced), and composer and lyricist Tim Gilvin, whose career breakthrough came when his one-man musical Stay Awake, Jake won The S&S Award.

S&S Theatre Productions is dedicated to producing radical new musical theatre­ through transatlantic partnerships resulting in coproductions both Off-West End and Off-Broadway. Their first show will be a new musical co-written by Warner Brown and American composer Joshua Schmidt (whose credits include The Adding Machine), which will premiere in London, directed by Jenny Eastop.

  • How do you define radical musical theatre?
  • How do US and UK musical theatre differ? How do they influence one another?
  • How has The S&S Award moved British musical theatre on?
  • What is the legacy of The S&S Awards?

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