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Festival of new musicals From Page to Stage has unveiled details of this year’s performers, which will include a cast of 56 in new repertory companies.
From Page to Stage is an annual event showcasing new musical works from across the world, and will also feature 18 creatives and over 50 composers and writers presenting their new shows. The festival takes place at The Other Palace from 14th August to 3rd September.
The musicals on show this year will include Panama the Musical (which will be shown during the opening ‘Song Writers Showcase' on 14th August), and a staged reading of Oliver Houser’s XY.
The reading of XY will have a cast led by Finnish actor Miiko Toiviainen (who will be making his UK professional debut), Gemma Sutton (Strictly Ballroom), Miranda Wilford (Thriller), Matilda Shapland (Matilda), and Max Reader (currently Gavroche in Les Miserables). It is about of the psychological consequences of non-consensual corrective surgeries performed on intersex infants. The readings will take place from 15th to 17th August.
For the first time, From Page to Stage will feature a rep company of who will perform the festival’s four showcase musicals. The musicals will be One Way, The Edinburgh 7, The Girls of Downey Hall, and Cult! They will be directed by Amy Anders Corcoran with musical direction by Tamara Saringer.
There will also be a rep company performing the festival’s family shows. Those shows include Jake Brunger & Pippa Cleary’s Chicken Little, and Dinostory by Luke Di Somma, Mark Anderson & Erin Carter. There will also by an adaptation of Dick King-Smith’s children’s book The Queen’s Nose by Charles Miller and Tim Sanders.
The headline musical is Some Lovers by Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater, which will have a cast announced in due course.
Andrew Lloyd Webber, who owns of The Other Palace, said: "I am thrilled that Katy Lipson is bringing From Page to Stage to The Other Palace, in August. It buoys my hope that The Other Palace will become a breeding ground for new musicals and a genuine hub for anyone interested in musical theatre.”
From Page To Stage takes place at The Other Palace from 14th August to 3rd September.
Photo from 2016's From Page to Stage festival.