In 2014, Thomas Guthrie founded Music and Theatre for All to bring people of all ages and backgrounds together with world-class professionals to create and experience opera, music and theatre. 

Since then, Music and Theatre for All has produced highly acclaimed, cutting edge, work that has brought together new audiences in new places with world-class musicians, puppeteers, dancers, and artists. 

Our innovative projects have included Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo (2019), Death Actually (2014) and Real Life Actually (2015/16). These involved collaborating with children, students, older people, and community groups to celebrate, create and enjoy live performances with professional musicians and creatives. 

Past Projects have been featured at the Spitalfields Music Summer and Winter Festivals, Brighton Festival, at the Barbican, in schools, churches and community settings, and on film, bringing music and theatre to all, for all. 

Valuing craft and technique, being honest, appreciating beauty and humour, and taking risks are the drivers at the heart of all of our work. 

Music and Theatre for All believes that: 

  • storytelling, singing and theatre are essential to community and vital for whatever it is that makes us human 
  • opera and theatre should be accessible to all, rich and poor, young and old, and that as such it should deal with issues common to us all 
  • enabling a space for each audience member to go on their own individual journey, and to connect with their own individual imaginations, is preferable to telling them what to think 
  • singing is not only an extreme physical and human art but also a need and that every single one of us can do it. Combined with storytelling, it can make our most visceral and communicative art form 

“gloriously unexpected entertainment”

The Times, 2014

Header photo courtesy of Brighton Early Music Festival, Credit: Robert Piwko