The dynamic musical theatre songwriting partnership that is George Stiles (music) and Anthony Drewe (lyrics) have been writing together since they met at Exeter University over twenty years ago.
George and Anthony have written five musicals together:
In 2004 they composed the new songs, additional music and lyrics, vocal and dance arrangements for the multi-award winning
MARY POPPINS, currently one of the UK's and Broadway’s biggest attractions.
Their first musical was TUTANKHAMUN (Northcott Theatre and Imagination Building); which they hope to revisit one day.
JUST SO was produced by Cameron Mackintosh and won the 1985 Vivian Ellis Prize…none other than Steven Spielberg then secured an option to turn it into a feature animation. Just So most recently played at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 2004.
HONK!– which was commissioned by the Watermill Theatre in 1993 – has been produced over 4,000 times and won the Olivier Award for Best Musical in 2000, the FNB VITA Award in South Africa, and the Elliot Norton Award in the USA.
PETER PAN– A Musical Adventure, began life as a BBC concert presented in 2001 at the Royal Festival Hall starring John Thaw as a wonderfully menacing Captain Hook. Won Best Song and the Orchestras Award at the 1996 International Musical of the Year in Denmark.
They’ve started work on that very rare thing, an original musical called Soho Cinders which is currently at workshop stage; set in modern day London SOHO CINDERS has a very contemporary feel. It’s a 21st century fable, centered on an internet love-story that blends a strong vein of satire with a story of celebrity politics. It has a delicious leading song titled ‘I’m So Over Men’…
TOM JONES (Theatre Royal, York, North Shore Music Theatre, NYMF New York) and, most recently.
THE THREE MUSKETEERS (Stadttheater, St. Gallen, Switzerland, and the American Musical Theatre of San Jose in USA).
Other recent projects include the score for Sam Mendes’s productions of HABEAS CORPUS, TWELFTH NIGHT and
UNCLE VANYA at the Donmar Warehouse and working as Dame Edna’s musical director and arranger.
Anthony wrote the lyrics for
THE CARD (Watermill Theatre, Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, and UK Tour - nominated for Best Revival in the 1995 Laurence Olivier Awards), and
A TWIST OF FATE (Jubilee Hall and Esplanade Theatre, Singapore, voted Best Musical of the Year).
As a performer he has been seen in ROGUES TO RICHES, as Porthos in George’s THE THREE MUSKETEERS in Denmark, and as Inspector East in his own A TWIST OF FATE in Singapore. As a director his credits include a revival of the musical SNOOPY at the Watermill, COWARDY CUSTARD at the Royal Academy of Music, HONK! in Cape Town, Chicago, Tokyo and Singapore, and JUST SO at North Shore Music Theatre, Massachusetts and S Festival Theatre.
George and Ants are founding board members of MMD, a charity which promotes new writing for musical theatre.