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David Grindrod, Drew McOnie and Arlene Phillips lined up for musical theatre discussion series at the Other Palace

Arlene Phillips. Photo: Nicky Johnston

Casting director David Grindrod, choreographer Arlene Phillips and producer Danielle Tarento are among the names lined up to appear as part of an ‘in conversation with’ series at the Other Palace in London.

Tea for Two is part of MT Fest UK, a two-week festival of new musical theatre, led by Paul Taylor-Mills.

Taylor-Mills will host the Tea for Two strand, which will see him talk to a variety of people from the industry, including Cameron Mackintosh’s head of casting, Paul Wooller, and choreographer and director Drew McOnie. Critic Mark Shenton is also part of the series, alongside James Charrington, chief executive of marketing firm Dewynters.

Festival of new musical theatre to be staged at London’s Other Palace [1]

Grindrod will be part of Good Thing Going, a session exploring the relationship between agents and casting directors, which kicks off Tea for Two on February 11 at 10.30am.

Tarento will talk about how to reach out to producers, alongside Mercury Musical Developments executive director Victoria Saxton, while Phillips will discuss the process of choreographing musicals, alongside performer Joanne Clifton.

Wooller’s event, on February 19, will explore the top 10 “dos and don’ts of auditions”, with McOnie talking about the importance of collaboration, in an event on February 23.

MT Fest UK runs from February 11 to February 23.