The Fell Musical Theatre Prize 2018

The 2018 Competition 

Urgent Notice – Cancellation of Competition.

Due to a very small number of applicants this year the organisers felt that it would be best to cancelled the Tony Fell Musical Theatre Prize for 2018.

The finals will therefore not be held at The Sylvia Young School on Sunday May 13th.


The AESS with the Toni V Fell Musical Charitable Trust offers The Fell Musical Theatre Prize of £1,000 – 1st Prize,

The Thompson Educational Trust sponsors the 2nd and 3rd Prizes of £500  and £250.

The competition is to be held in London on Sunday, May 13th 2018 at the Sylvia Young Theatre School, 1 Nutford Place, London W1H 5YZ.

Selected prize winners will be offered the opportunity to perform in the AESS’s Prize Winners Concert on November 3rd 2018 as part of The London Song Festival.

The judges are:

Singer/actor Carolyn Allen

Musical Director Nigel Lilley

Musical Director and pianist Paul Smith


To download an information pack and booking form, please click here


Competitors must be between 18-25 years old, of any nationality and be in full time training or preparing for a career in Musical Theatre. Competitors are required to perform a song and a scene/speech as a sequence in the original English which can come from any source and be presented in any order or imaginatively combined; they do not have to be from the same source. There must be a smooth transition between the two elements as though performing within the context of Musical Theatre and appropriate movement may be included as part of the performance.

The judges will be looking for clarity of expression, fluency of delivery, imaginative use of material and an ability to take the audience on a dramatic journey.

The programme should not exceed eight minutes. The adjudicators will require a copy of both the scene/speech and the song. Costume/props may be used.

Applications must be received by May 5th 2018. There is a non-refundable entrance fee of £20 (cheques payable to the AESS) which should be sent with the application form to The Administrator, AESS TVF Competition, 1 Hillfield Road, London, NW6 1QD.

AESS Fell Prize for musical Theatre Previous Winners

Previous winners of this competition are not eligible to enter a second time.

Feedback from the judges will be given to all entrants as soon as is practicable.

To learn more about the Toni V Fell Trust visit:

The 2016 winner, Jess Peet, has written of her experience in the competition which entrants may find useful. Read it here

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