George Stiles

George Stiles

George Stiles and Anthony Drewe have been writing musicals together since they met at Exeter University over thirty years ago. During that time they have written the scores for the Olivier-Award-nominated BETTY BLUE EYES, SOHO CINDERS, HONK!, JUST SO, PETER PAN - A MUSICAL ADVENTURE, TUTANKHAMUN and the new songs, dance and vocal arrangements for the world-wide smash-hit Cameron Mackintosh/Disney production of MARY POPPINS. Current projects include THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS with Julian Fellowes for the West End, a new adaptation of Graham Greene's TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT with Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman, and a new version of HALF A SIXPENCE for Cameron Mackintosh. In development they have SOAPDISH for Broadway and a new project with director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell. Since winning the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2000, their show HONK! has been seen by more than 6 million people all over the world in over 8,000 productions in more than 20 languages.


Stiles and Drewe have also completed a trilogy of 50-minute musicals for younger audiences, GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS, THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF and THE THREE LITTLE PIGS, which recently enjoyed a run at London's Palace Theatre starring Simon Webbe and Alison Jiear.


Independently, George composed the musicals MOLL FLANDERS, THE THREE MUSKETEERS and TOM JONES, as well as the music for Sam Mendes' productions of TWELFTH NIGHT and UNCLE VANYA. His 2007 score for TROILUS AND CRESSIDA at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre was nominated for a Jefferson Award. He is currently writing a dance drama with the choreographer Drewe McOnie.


Anthony has written lyrics for the musicals THE CARD and A TWIST OF FATE. As a director Anthony's work includes SNOOPY (Watermill Theatre), HONK! (South Africa, Chicago, Tokyo and Singapore), JUST SO (North Shore Music Theatre, Massachusetts and Chichester Festival Theatre), THE THING ABOUT MEN (London's King's Head Theatre) YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN (Tabard Theatre) and THE THREE LITTLE PIGS (Singapore and London's Palace Theatre), GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS and THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF (Singapore).


Stiles and Drewe have also written two revues and have contributed songs to a variety of theatre, TV and radio shows including the RSC's SHAKESPEARE REVUE, THE CHALLENGE, The NT's CHAIN PLAY, and Dame Edna Everage's LOOK AT ME WHEN I'M TALKING TO YOU.


Stiles and Drewe's many awards include: The Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical (Honk!), three of the top prizes in the Musical of the Year Awards for Peter Pan and The Three Musketeers, the TMA Best Musical Award (Moll Flanders), The Straits Times Award for Best Musical (A Twist of Fate), the first ever Vivian Ellis Prize (Just So) and Mary Poppins has won 44 major theatre awards around the globe including Tony, Olivier, Helpmann and London Evening Standard Awards.

George & Anthony are founding board-members of Mercury Musical Developments, a charitable organisation that nurtures new musical writing in the UK, and which also awards the annual Stiles and Drewe Prize for a new song written for the musical stage.

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