Bernard Shaw Musicals Competition launches to find new writing talent

The Bernard Shaw estate, represented by the Society of Authors, has teamed up with Mercury Musical Developments and RADA to launch a competition in search of a new musical based on a Bernard Shaw play, a potential rival to My Fair Lady, Lerner and Loewe’s triumphant version of Shaw’s Pygmalion.

Associates of Mercury Musical Developments are invited to submit an outline treatment consisting of a synopsis, a scene and no more than three songs for a new show based on one of two Shaw plays: Man and Superman, the story of Jack Tanner, Shaw’s very own Don Juan, or The Devil's Disciple, a tale of rebellion and self-sacrifice set against the background of the American War of Independence.

Entries will be assessed by a panel of industry professionals and their shortlist will be judged by an eminent panel of experts.

The winning entry will receive a commission fee of £3,600 and its writers will be commissioned to develop their work into a full draft which will then be given a workshop production at RADA.

The competition is open to all writer associates and professional writer associates of Mercury Musical Developments. Details of how to join MMD are at Rules of the competition and an entry form can be found at

Submissions deadline: 1 February 2012