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Musical theatre festival From Page to Stage partners with Manchester’s Hope Mill

Hope Mill Theatre co-founders Joseph Houston (left) and William Whelton and co-artistic director and producer Katy Lipson of Aria Entertaiment
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New musical theatre festival From Page to Stage has unveiled a partnership with the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester, which will see a brand new show produced at the venue in 2020.

Working under the banner From Page to Stage North West, the aim will be to have the selected musical workshopped at the Manchester venue next year.

The initiative, from production company Aria Entertainment, is part of From Page to Stage, which is now in its sixth year and will return in 2018 for a run at the Southwark Playhouse.

This will include fully staged readings of new musicals, alongside shows in development.

Producer Katy Lipson said: “I have always believed that the future of musical theatre in this country can only be brought about by investing regularly in new musicals and new writers and so I am proud to be presenting the sixth year of the From Page To Stage Festival of new musicals. In just six years we have given a platform to over 100 new musicals from over 15 countries with some shows going on to have full productions, more development workshops and even publishing deals.”

She said the launch of From Page To Stage North West “further cements our commitment to developing, commissioning and staging new musicals in the UK”.

Aria already has an existing relationship with the venue, and has staged productions including Hair and Pippin there.

Joseph Houston, co-artistic director of the Hope Mill Theatre, added: “We are so thrilled to announce our musical commission as part of Katy’s From Page To Stage season. When Will, Katy and I formed our collaboration it was always our aim to champion new musical theatre and to date we have been so fortunate to be able to stage many premieres, but creating new work was always our ambition and this commission is hopefully the first of many grass roots projects to come from Hope Mill Theatre.”

From Page to Stage runs in September at the Southwark Playhouse.

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