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Posted by Lisa Trolley Tue, 09/11/2018 - 07:17

Sorry to hear you had such a nightmare.

We're planning to put on a play of Oliver, it is an adapted script from the internet.  Do we need performance rights and how do you apply for them?


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Posted by Paul Tue, 09/11/2018 - 14:22

Hello Lisa,

Music performance rights are not  really our area but I can advise you that you will need to contact the publisher of Oliver for permission for this type of performance. If you have an adapted script you should be able to find the publisher details there or it may be easier for you to get in touch with the Music Publishers Association (MPA) who can either put you in touch with the publisher or find out for you. They can be contacted at or on 020 3741 3800. Hope this is helpful  

Posted by JOAN COLE Sat, 09/22/2018 - 18:57

I have had so much difficulty finding the publisher for a piece called Two White Horses by Elizabeth Seeman.   I had planned to make a video with music and a few pictures, no monetization,  but no one seems to know much about this.   I've been from publishers in NY, to Ohio, to N.Carolina and back in NY.    It's old and obscure and hard to pin down.   College libraries have tried to help but I keep getting the run around and no one knows where this is published.   I would appreciate any advice.  

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Posted by Tess Pilgrim, CLA Mon, 09/24/2018 - 09:08

Hi Joan,

We've searched through our databases and I'm afraid we've not been able to find any new information on this story. It is indeed old and obscure!

In cases like this, we would advise you to contact the Intellectual Property Office and enquire whether this is an orphan work and if they can provide you with a licence for it. More information can be found here: However, this is only applicable to the UK, so if you're based elswhere you'll need to contact the appropriate equivalent.

Apologies we weren't able to be of more help, and best of luck with your problem.


Posted by Tess Pilgrim, CLA Mon, 09/24/2018 - 09:23

In addition to my previous comment, I have been able to find this page: which is about material from Ernest Seeman, who appears to be the husband of Elizabeth. If you haven't already, it may be worth contacting the library which holds these materials and asking for their advice, or if they have the contact details for the current rightsholder.

Posted by Richard Sutton Thu, 02/21/2019 - 08:41


My Amateur Dramatics Society is wanting to consider putting on a 1 night production of an original script I have penned based on the characters of the Dads Army series

Do I need to seek permission from the publishers who hold the rights for Dads Army before considering this? 



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Posted by Becky Owen Thu, 02/21/2019 - 10:21

Thanks for your comment Richard.

CLA does not cover performance rights (only copying of text and images) and if it is to be a dramatic performance the rights need to be obtained via the publisher directly.

Apologies we couldn't have been more help, but good luck with everything!


Posted by Velma Mon, 07/01/2019 - 15:55

ive written a play which we will perform for 2 nights. Is there any legal requirements to do this. Advice would be appreciated 

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Posted by Pia Sat, 07/27/2019 - 01:27


I'm putting on a musical, I have written it myself but I am using some songs from a TV show as the stepping stones of the story (I have bought backing tracks). 4 of the songs are exactly the same lyrics and melody as they are in the TV show, the rest I have altered lyrics and chopped and changed some parts around.


Do I need to do anything about that, do I need to write to anyone etc?

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Posted by Becky Owen Mon, 07/29/2019 - 08:48


Thank you for your comment - we would advise that you check with the publisher about altering the songs and staging them in a musical, as you might need permission for this.



Posted by Anne Worth Wed, 07/31/2019 - 05:01

Are members  of am dram musical companies  allowed to mention in press releases or social media posts the names of any songs  they propose to perform in a compilation musical revue ?  Many thanks

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Posted by Becky Owen Wed, 07/31/2019 - 09:28

Hi  Anne,

Thanks for reading the blog and for your comment.

If the performance is licensed or you have permission from the publisher or other rights holders, you should seek guidance from the rightsholder but we don’t know of any reason why this should be a problem.

Any dramatic staging of musicals requires permission to be sought directly from the publisher.



Posted by Thomas Tue, 10/06/2020 - 15:58


I am looking at doing a verity show and performing 1-2 minute long sections of a musical just like small scenes or a song. This would not create a story line or be costumed as the original show. Do I need the rights to perform these mini scenes and songs?



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Posted by Rebecca Owen Tue, 10/13/2020 - 08:20

Hi Thomas,

Thank you for getting in touch. It would largely depend on if this was for drama lessons or a paid for show. It's always good practice to contact the publishers or rightsholders of the musicals in question.



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