Stiles and Drewe are a multi-award-winning musical theatre writing partnership whose shows have been seen all over the world and translated into many languages. For this production of Mary Poppins, George Stiles has created new songs and additional music, dance and vocal arrangements, and Anthony Drewe has created new songs and additional lyrics.
Their scores include the Olivier Award-winning Honk!, which has been seen by more than six million people in more than 8,000 productions, and the recent West End productions of Half a Sixpence and The Wind in the Willows, both with books by Julian Fellowes. Their other shows are Soho Cinders, Betty Blue Eyes, Travels with My Aunt, Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure, Just So and Tutankhamun. George and Anthony have also written a trilogy of 50-minute musicals for younger audiences: Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Three Little Pigs.
Their most recent new musical is Becoming Nancy with director/ choreographer Jerry Mitchell, which recently premiered at the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta ahead of Broadway.
Projects in development include Identical, a new musical adaptation of Erich Kästner’s iconic novel The Parent Trap. With a book by Stuart Paterson, it opens at the Nottingham Playhouse in 2020.
Independently, as a composer, George’s credits include three musicals with lyricist Paul Leigh – Moll Flanders, The Three Musketeers and Tom Jones – as well as scores for Sam Mendes’ stage productions of Twelfth Night, Uncle Vanya and Habeas Corpus (Donmar Warehouse). George is also a producer of Six: The Musical, currently on in the West End and about to open on UK tour and on Broadway.
Independently, as a lyricist, Anthony’s credits include The Card (Watermill/Regent’s Park) and A Twist of Fate (Singapore Rep).
Honk! has won many international awards including the Olivier Award for Best New Musical, while Mary Poppins has collected 45 major theatre awards around the globe, including Tony, Olivier, Helpmann and London Evening Standard awards. Stiles and Drewe were nominated for Best New Musical at the 2016 WhatsOnStage Awards for Half a Sixpence, and Betty Blue Eyes was nominated for the 2012 Olivier Award. Other awards include the TMA Best Musical Award for Moll Flanders and the Straits Times Award for Best Musical for A Twist of Fate.
Stiles and Drewe support new musical theatre writing via the annual Stiles and Drewe Prize for Best New Song, now in its 13th year, and their Mentorship Award supported by Music Theatre International (Europe). They are founding board members of Mercury Musical Developments, Associate Artists at the Watermill Theatre and patrons of the London Musical Theatre Orchestra and the Musical Theatre Academy.