Theatricals: WHERE TO BEGIN

A helpful guide to finding a musical

What to know before you start:

  • We represent more than 400 musicals and acquire new works all the time, both local and foreign.
  • Availability is subject to change and can’t be guaranteed.
  • Adaptations, translations, localising, adding or cutting, are not allowed. The general rule is: the work has to be performed as it was written. Conversely, the presentation should be your own.
  • Each musical has its own set of rules, cost calculations, materials etc, so it’s best to make sure you read through the licence offer carefully. If you’re not sure, ask us.
  • 1. The ‘Big’ Shows:

    1. The ‘Big’ Shows:

    The majority of our musicals are ‘big’ shows. This means they are well-known, with medium to large casts and orchestrations.

    Our Catalogue includes some of the biggest titles. They range from the classics such as The Sound of Music to Grease, Hairspray, The King and I, and Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat and include some great new ones like Legally Blonde and Camp Rock.

    Licensing breakdown:

    The performance royalties are calculated as a percentage of potential gross box-office income. A minimum royalty is calculated using the number of performances, the ticket prices, and seating capacity, but the figure arrived at in this way cannot be less than a basic fee set by the owners. This minimum amount is payable upfront. Once the production is finished, you report the income the show brought in, and a balance may be payable.

    1. 1.1 Hire Fees or Materials Usage Fees are determined by the size of the rental material set, and the period for which the materials are required. Again, each show is different, but for the most part these materials have to be returned. These fees usually (but not always) include scripts - check your agreement.
    2. 1.2 Sales and optional extras are the bells and the whistles. They could include Logo Packs, Stage Manager’s Scripts, or other additional materials to support your production that may be available. In certain cases scripts must be purchased separately.
    3. 1.3 Security fees are similar to and linked to the hire materials. This fee is a kind of deposit against the safe return of the rental materials and is partially or fully refundable. Shipping costs, rental materials that may have been lost, and if applicable, the remaining royalties after you have submitted the boxoffice report are deducted before a refund is made. If the security fee is used up and there are further royalties payable, we will invoice you for the balance owed.

    2. The ‘not-so big’ shows:

    DALRO represents the rights to a number of tailor-made productions for younger performers. The most popular ones are provided in the form of either a Showkit™ or a School Edition.

    The Showkits™ are divided into two categories; JUNIOR, and KIDS. The Junior titles are for senior primary school performers (Grades 4-7) with a running time of just over an hour, and the Kids titles are for the foundation phase or very young performers with a running time of approximately half an hour.

    These Showkits™ have been adapted to be shorter, easy to perform and license, and come with student books, backtracks and all the materials and instructions you need to perform them. For licensing, they also have certain restrictions (which you’ll see in their licence offers), and for certain titles, we’ll have to confirm availability just like with some of the bigger shows.

    They are a once-off purchase, with no royalties, hire and security fees payable. You buy the box, and you’re good to go!

    Remember though, that not all of the big shows have Showkit™ formats.

    School Editions work similarly to the bigger shows, with a few exceptions. They are also shorter and easier to perform, but they also require royalties, hire fees and security fees, and also differ from show to show. Contact us to enquire.

    3. Licences:

    They are issued together with the materials and upon payment of the above-mentioned monies. They authorise a person, from an institution, the rights to, perform the work, for a certain number of performances, for a certain amount of time. It also acknowledges that the producer (that’s you!) has read and agreed to the productions’ terms and conditions.

    4. How to Enquire:

    When you contact us, please supply us with the following information. This will make things easier and faster:

    • 4.1 We want to know about who you are:
      • Organisation or school’s name
      • Type of Organisation (eg. Professional Company, Drama studio, School)
      • Postal and physical address
      • Email address, phone and fax numbers
      • VAT Number (if applicable)
      • All your contact details
    • 4.2 We want to know what show you want to do:
      • Musical title (there is only one Annie, but many versions of Cinderella – if you know who the author(s) are, please tell us).
      • How many performances?
      • Which dates?
      • How many seats?
      • How much for a ticket?
      • Which venue, and where is it?

    Even if you’re not sure and/or the info could easily change, supply us with as much as you possibly can. It saves time and paperwork if you supply as much information from the get-go.

    5. What happens next?

    • 1. We load you and all your info onto the system.
    • 2. Once we’ve established availability, and have all the green lights, we email you the licence offer and application form.
    • 3. You read, complete, sign and return it to us. On the application form you mention what materials you want and list the rental period (if applicable) and any optional extras or sale items you want included.
    • 4. We feed all your info into the system, and issue you with an official quotation.
    • 5. Payment is made and we send you your licence and hire and/or sale materials.
    • 6. You put on the best show ever!
    • 7. You send back the rental materials and the box-office report of how many tickets were sold, and we calculate remaining royalty costs and refunds.


    A few things to keep in mind about the big shows...
    • Make sure you keep to the rules and restrictions as stated in the licence agreement.
    • Pre-recorded accompaniment (backtracks), unless available, are not allowed to be made or used. You’ll need to get a few (if not all) musicians to play the music live.
    • You can’t make a recording unless a video licence is offered for the show

    All you need to do now is choose which awesome show you’re going to put on.

    Click here to go browse through our musicals

    That’s all there is to it! Happy producing and break a leg!

    A helpful guide to finding a play

    What to know before you start:

    • We represent thousands of plays and acquire new works all the time. Some are local, some are foreign. Some are published, some are not.
    • Availability is subject to change and can’t always be guaranteed. Sometimes we’ll have to research a play’s availability.
    • Adaptations, translations, localising, adding or cutting, are not allowed unless applied for, and oftentimes denied. The general rule is: the work has to be performed as it was written.
    • We have some stock of published plays, but we’re not a play bookshop as such, stock can’t always be guaranteed.
    • Enquiring about availability:

      When you contact us, supply us with the following. This will make things easier and faster:
      • 1 We want to know about who you are:
        • Organisation or school’s name
        • Type of Organisation (eg. Professional Company, Drama studio, School)
        • Postal and physical address
        • Email address, phone and fax numbers
        • VAT Number (if applicable)
        • All your contact details
      • 2 We want to know what show you want to do:
        • Play title and Author(s)
        • How many performances?
        • Which dates?
        • How many seats?
        • How much for a ticket?
        • Which venue, and where is it?

      Even if you’re not sure and/or the info could easily change, supply us with as much as you possibly can. It saves time and paperwork if you supply as much information from the get-go.

      What happens next?

      1. We load you and all your info onto the system.
      2. Once we’ve established availability, and have all the green lights, we email you a quotation and an application form.
      3. Payment is made, and you return the completed and signed application form. (Very important that we get the application form back)
      4. We post you your licence.
      5. You put on the best show ever!

      Ok, let's get a play title...

      A good place to start would be our plays search engine

      That’s all there is to it! Happy producing and break a leg!

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