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Learn musical theatre writing with Sir Tim Rice on BBC Maestro

Sir Tim Rice poses for a photo sat in a chair
Sir Tim Rice. Credit: Gareth Iwan Jones

Sir Tim Rice has launched a course for Writing and Performing Musical Theatre with BBC Maestro’s platform.

The legendary lyricist will share backstage access into the world of musical theatre, song writing and performance.

Subjects covered within the course will include What Makes a Good Lyric, Artistic Collaboration, Writing for Film, Performance: Auditioning Tips, Writing a Hit Song, Adapting a Failed Song, and Getting a Musical Produced Today.

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Sir Tim, whose works include The Lion King, Aida, Aladdin and Chess, said: “In my BBC Maestro course, I will look at my process for writing for musical theatre, along with candidly sharing the ups and downs that come with the choice of doing this career for a living. I will break down some of my greatest hits to allow you to see how one gets from an initial idea to successfully telling a rich story.”

He added: “No one formally taught me how to write a smash hit musical, and there is no playbook for this kind of career path. I hope that sharing what I can and giving you an insight into my techniques and processes will help you take the first steps you’ve been waiting for, put pen to paper, and write the next West End and Broadway smash hit!”

The 23-lesson course will also see notable special guests join Sir Tim to lend their industry expertise to the course including Eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken, casting director Jane Deitch and theatrical producer Nick Allott.

Sir Tim’s course on Writing and Performing Musical Theatre is available now via BBC Maestro

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.