Musical Theatre 2023

New Musical Theatre syllabus 2023 (launching soon!)​

From the Autumn Session 2023 onwards, you will be able to enter our new and exciting LCME 2023 Musical Theatre Syllabus.

The upcoming syllabus and handbooks are now available to preview, featuring new repertoire and updates to the components.

The Musical Theatre 2023 handbooks contain all you need to prepare for the exam and can be purchased from our online shop. Candidates must select one piece from the handbook in their graded exam.


Looking to enter an exam now? Entries for the Music Theatre syllabus 2019-2021 are permitted until the end of December 2024. For details about the current Music Theatre syllabus, please click here.

Musical Theatre 2023 exam levels

Musical Theatre 2023 exam formats

Our graded examinations offer a variety of formats, including face-to-face and digital exams, to enhance the performance work of our diverse range of candidates.

Steps 1 and 2 – acting a chosen lyric and singing two songs.

Recital Graded – acting a lyric and song from Musical Theatre Handbook 2023 with a specified number of songs dependent on the grade, plus discussion.

Concert Graded – acting a lyric and song from Musical Theatre Handbook 2023 with a specified number of songs dependent on the grade, plus examiner reflection.

Cabaret Graded – acting a lyric and song from Musical Theatre Handbook 2023 with a specified number of songs linked by a theme or subject dependent on the grade, plus an additional song of choice.

Performance diplomas – an entirely performance-based exam. Candidates must perform a lyric and song from the set repertoire list and perform a specified number of songs dependent on the diploma level.

Teaching diplomas – a performance followed by the candidate teaching a lesson, then delivering a presentation about two contrasting songs from the repertoire lists for all grades, before engaging in a discussion about all material included in all components.

Musical Theatre vs Music Theatre (changes and updates)

The Musical Theatre syllabus showcases an all-new selection of musical pieces spanning various styles and eras. With a renewed emphasis on acting, it offers performers a unique opportunity to explore the intricate nuances of each song and uncover new layers of meaning in the lyrics.

The new performance notes offer helpful tips and suggestions for interpreting the lyrics and bringing the characters to life. They also provide valuable background information on the songs, composers, and lyricists, giving performers a deeper understanding of the cultural and historical contexts in which the works were created.

Moreover, the discussion component of the syllabus has been updated and personalised to focus on the specific aspects of individual performance. Here, candidates can delve into the technical aspects of their craft, exploring the intricate techniques that go into singing and speaking.


Find out more information here about the changes to the syllabus and other frequently asked questions.

We are also running free workshops across the UK between May and July 2023 to help teachers, reps, and LCME examiners understand the new syllabus and ask questions. You can register here.

Validity reminder

Please note that entries for the new Musical Theatre syllabus 2023 will be accepted at the Autumn Session 2023 onwards. 

Entries for the Music Theatre syllabus 2019-2021 will still be permitted until the end of December 2024.