CREATIVE TEAM

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER

Producer, Composer, Book and Orchestrations

Andrew Lloyd Webber is the composer of some of the world’s best-known musicals including Cats, Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Phantom of the Opera and Sunset Boulevard. His latest musical, the hit stage version of the movie “School of Rock”, opened on Broadway in December 2015.

His awards, both as composer and producer, include seven Tonys, seven Oliviers, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, the Praemium Imperiale, the Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre, a BASCA Fellowship, the Kennedy Center Honor and a Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for Requiem, his setting of the Latin Requiem mass which contains one of his best known compositions, Pie Jesu.

He owns seven London theatres including the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and the London Palladium.

He was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen in 1992 and created an honorary member of the House of Lords in 1997.

He is passionate about the importance of music in education and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has become one of Britain’s leading charities supporting the arts and music.

GLENN SLATER

Lyrics and Book

Glenn Slater was nominated for Tony and Grammy Awards in 2008 for his work on Disney’s stage production of The Little Mermaid. In 2009 he also worked with Alan Menken as lyricist for the London Palladium production of Sister Act and Disney’s animated version of Rapunzel. Previous work includes the Disney animated feature Home on the Range and the Manhattan Theatre Club’s Obie Award- winning revue newyorkers.

Glenn is the recipient of the prestigious Kleban Award for Lyrics, the ASCAP/ Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award and the Jonathan Larson Award. Glenn is an alumnus of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop and a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists’ Guild.

BEN ELTON

Book

Prolific author of numerous Number 1 hit novels (including Stark, Gridlock, Popcorn and Dead Famous) and award-winning television comedy series (including The Young Ones, The Thin Blue Line and Blackadder), Ben Elton is also one of the UK’s most successful and influential stand up comics.

He has also achieved success in television and film as an actor, writer and director. He wrote and directed the film Maybe Baby which starred Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson. His original ambitions were theatrical and he has become a major player in theatre. His plays Gasping, Silly Cow and Popcorn were hugely successful, won many awards and have played around the world.

He supplied the book for and also directed We Will Rock You, the colossal hit musical based on the songs of Queen which is now in its eighth year in the West End, is currently on a UK tour and which has played to millions of people worldwide.

With Andrew Lloyd Webber he wrote book and lyrics for The Beautiful Game which won the London Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical and which they have recently re-worked as The Boys in the Photograph, a production of which Ben has directed himself in Canada.

FREDERICK FORSYTH

Book

Having been the youngest pilot in the Royal Air Force at the age of 19, Frederick Forsyth went on to a career in journalism which saw him working for The Eastern Daily Press and, during the 1960s, for Reuters and the BBC in Paris, East and West Germany and Czechoslovakia.

As a freelancer he reported from the Nigeria- Biafran conflict.

He is best known as the author of highly successful thrillers including The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, The Dogs of War and The Fourth Protocol, all of which were subsequently filmed.