Full West End rep company for From Page to Stage

Finnish actor Miiko Toiviainen makes his UK professional debut in XY

A cast of 56, more than 50 composers and writers, and an 18-strong creative team will form a musical rep company in the West End for this year’s From Page to Stage Summer Festival at The Other Palace.

Aria Entertainment’s annual event will bring a packed programme of new musicals to its new home at The Other Palace for three weeks from 14 August until 3 September.

In a first for the Festival and the West End, FPTS will have a repertory company of actors who will perform across the four showcase musicals and a company specifically for the family shows.

Performers will include: John Jack, Francesca Ellis, Gloria Onitiri, Laura Mansell, Lauren Allan, Louise Young, Josie Kemp, Michael Storrs, Alex Spinney, Martin Dickinson, Kate Hume, Callum Scott Howells, Chloe Carrington, Lizzie Bea, Daniel Bailey, Richard Carson, Tim Oxbrow, Katie Hartland, Georgie Ashford, Dudley Rogers, Julie Teal, Neil Stewart, Will Hawksworth, Natalie Day and Penelope Woodman.

After opening the doors to the world’s aspiring musical theatre writers, the 2017 From Page to Stage (FPTS) attracted a record-breaking 302 submissions from 15 countries.

The Festival will open with the Song Writers Showcase (14 August) which offers a professional platform for new musical songs from a wide variety of musical genres. This year’s line-up illustrates the global reach of the event with songs from musicals around the world including Panama, Germany, France, UK and US, directed by Kolja Schallenberg (German/Swedish).

Finnish actor Miiko Toiviainen will make his UK professional debut in the lead role in the dark drama XY (15-17 August) which was written by Oliver Houser and developed with Hunter Bird.

Directed by recent Mountview graduate, Portuguese director Tania Azevedo, the cast also includes Gemma Sutton, Miranda Wilford, Matilda Shapland and Max Reader.

Casting for the headline musical, Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater’s Some Lovers, which will receive its fully presented European premiere as part of the event, will be announced at a later date.

The closing gala on 3 September will be An Evening of Songs From Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, a concert performance of Sater and Sheik’s work together on shows including Spring Awakening, The Nightingale and A Home At the End of the World, plus the promise of a sneak preview of their latest projects.

Welcoming From Page to Stage to his newest theatre earlier this year, Andrew Lloyd Webber 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.”

Angela Thomas

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