29 - 31 May 2015


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A message from Willy Russell

‘I was delighted to learn of the York New Musical Festival and wish it continuing success in encouraging and developing new work for the musical stage. By providing a showcase for new musicals and works -in- progress, the Festival is an invaluable stimulus and encouragement to all those who, against the odds, grapple with this most demanding, but highly rewarding form of theatre.

I hope that the Festival and all those who participate in it, continues to go from strength to strength’.

The Festival continues to encourage the writing and performing of musical theatre, one of our great art forms,

and provides a launching pad for a diverse array of new musicals.

We endeavour to nurture, and promote promising artists at all stages of development, and hope the audiences were inspired with the range of vibrant, accessible and powerful new work.

The Festival gave artists the crucial chance to hone their craft and their musicals, by realising their shows in three dimensions before responsive, if modest, audiences.

The Festival will continue to aspire to attracting the participation of well-known actors, directors and other established members of the theatre industry.

comments from the writers:

“I had such a wonderful time..... the atmosphere was wonderfully warm and friendly from the second I arrived in York .......... I was blown away with the nurturing feel of your festival. It is exactly what is needed for new musical theatre writing.......I look forward to seeing the festival grow. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help the festival in coming years. Best wishes and congratulations on a successful maiden voyage”.

'it was a great experience, and certainly drives us on to create another new musical in the future'

' I just wanted to say thank you so much for everything and for making us so welcome at the Festival. We were all on a big high afterwards'

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Contact: York New Musical Theatre Festival, 10 Grassholme, Woodthorpe, York, YO24 2ST. Telephone Number: (01904) 704520

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