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Kate Marlais appointed Cameron Mackintosh resident composer at Lyric Hammersmith

Composer Kate Marlais. Photo: Alexandra Guelff

Kate Marlais has been announced as the Cameron Mackintosh resident composer for 2018.

Marlais will be placed at the Lyric Hammersmith for the duration of her post, which begins in March.

She is the fifth composer to be selected for the scheme, which is run by Musical Theatre Network and Mercury Musical Developments, using funding from the Cameron Mackintosh Foundation.

The foundation has funded five placements since 2015, of which this is the last.

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Other venues that have hosted resident composers included the Royal Shakespeare Company, Curve in Leicester, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Bristol Old Vic, the Mercury in Colchester and the New Wolsey in Ipswich.

Resident composers are involved in a range of work at their venues, including underscoring plays, setting a text to music and creating their own piece of new work.

Marlais said the placement was an “invaluable opportunity” for her as a composer, adding: “The Lyric really is an incredible place – not just for theatre producing and welcoming eclectic, bold provoking work, but also a buzzing community hub for engagement and education.”

Lyric artistic director Sean Holmes said: “We are delighted that a composer as talented, multifaceted and passionate as Kate Marlais will be joining us as a Cameron Mackintosh resident composer in 2018. We look forward to her creative response to the exciting range of work that awaits her here at the Lyric.”

Marlais has also been selected for next year’s new musical theatre showcase Beam2018. Her musical, F**ked in Marrakech, has been co-written with Alex Young and is one of 58 new musicals in development for the programme.

They will be shared at the biennial industry showcase, held next year at Theatre Royal Stratford East on March 1 and 2. It is run by Musical Theatre Network and Mercury Musical Developments.