Mercury Musical Developments and the The Stephen Sondheim Society present the 13th annual STEPHEN SONDHEIM SOCIETY STUDENT PERFORMER OF THE YEAR competition and STILES + DREWE PRIZE.
This annual competition sees 12 of the UK’s finest students of musical theatre compete for a £1,000 prize by singing a Sondheim song of their choice. Also up for grabs is the £1,000 Best New Song Prize, awarded by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe to the creators of an original piece of musical theatre, written by a member of Mercury Musical Developments.
Heading up the panel of judges is writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson and directing the afternoon’s entertainment is Chris Hocking (Principal at Arts Educational).
Expect a celebrity host and a glittering line-up of judges: previous guests have included Imelda Staunton, Janie Dee, Giles Terera, Julian Ovenden, Elaine Paige and Jenna Russell.
It’s a wonderful afternoon of Sondheim classics and new musical theatre writing, performed by the UK’s best young talent – an event not to be missed!
In aid of The Stephen Sondheim Society (Charity #1142092) and Mercury Musical Developments (#1045606)
Presented in association with Fane Productions as part of the ‘Sunday Encounters at the Haymarket’ season.
Access description: Main entrance up three 15cm steps (staircases have handrails on both sides and are highlighted) through a set of double swing doors. Box Office counter to the right of the entrance. 18 steps down from the foyer to the Stalls, 28 steps up to the Royal Circle, and 60+ steps up to the Upper Circle and Gallery, through a separate entrance to the right of the main entrance. 4 steps in to each box.
Sound Amplification: Sennheiser infra-red system with 20 headsets.
Guide Dogs: Guide dogs are not allowed into the auditorium but up to 6 can be looked after in the manager’s office.
Disabled Access: No steps to the auditorium through EXIT doors to the left and righthand side of the main entrance – please tell the Box Office in advance and they will be opened for you. 1 space for a wheelchair user at X18. The venue is suitable for scooters. Transfer seating available to any aisle seat for 1 scooter and 4 wheelchairs. The theatre can store 1 scooter and 4 wheelchairs per performance.
Toilets: Women’s and men’s are down 11 steps from the foyer and at Royal Circle and Upper Circle level.
Disabled Toilets: Adapted toilet at Stalls entrance on street level