It has been announced that schools in the UK and Ireland will be allowed to perform Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End favourites, Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, for the first time.
The Really Useful Group has marked the event as, ‘significant’. Licenses have previously been granted to perform Lloyd Webber’s work in the US, and following that success they are now planning to roll out the plays to the worldwide market. Chairman Mark Wordsworth said: ‘They are complicated shows, but the experience that we’ve had in America is that the schools are absolutely up for the challenge.’
There are plans to release more of Lloyd Webber’s titles for amateur use. Whistle Down the Wind and Starlight Express are among the titles listed.
In relation to the announcement, Lloyd Webber said: ‘Such is the extraordinary growth of interest in musicals at grass root level all over the world, plus the astonishing capabilities of our younger performers, that now schools, colleges and amateur societies put on productions that give professionals a huge run for their money.’
For further information, contact The Really Useful Group licensing department www.reallyuseful.com/putonashow