The Beautiful Game

  • The Beautiful Game

    The cast of the 2000 London production (Photo: Ivan Kyncl)

  • The Beautiful Game

    Josie Walker in the 2000 London production (Photo: Ivan Kyncl)

  • The Beautiful Game

    David Shannon in the 2000 London production (Photo: Ivan Kyncl)

The story of a group of Belfast teenagers from both sides of the religious divide during “The Troubles.”

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Book & Lyrics by Ben Elton

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton’s The Beautiful Game is the story of ordinary people in an extraordinary situation. The award-winning musical follows the fortunes of a group of teenagers from both sides of the religious divide during “The Troubles” in 1960s Belfast.

Under the watchful eye of team coach Father O’Donnell, John and Del both show enough promise to pursue careers as professional footballers. They’re just two regular teenagers who dream of nothing more than girls and football. When they find love with their girlfriends Mary and Christine, they become swept up in the events that engulf their community and, as time passes, each has to decide whether or not to follow their hearts.

Ben Elton tells their story with wit and compassion, while Lloyd Webber’s evocative score combines heart-searing ballads and stirring anthems with the sounds of Ireland. An inspiring option for both teen and older audiences and performers, this powerful and passionate musical is a joyous celebration of the freedom that love can bring.

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Watch videos from the show

  • Montage from the 2000 London production
  • Footage from Fusion Theatre’s award-winning production
  • The Beautiful Game overture in Beijing

Show tags

Performance Group: College, Community Theatre, High School, Professional, Secondary School, University

Type: Book Musical

Style: Contemporary Broadway, Pop/Rock

Size of Orchestra: Medium

Setting: Period/Historical

Genre: Drama, Historical, Period, Romance, Social Themes

Vocal Demands: Moderate

Dance Requirements: Minimal

Cast Size: Large

Casting Opportunities: Ensemble Cast, Expandable Casting, Star Vehicle Female, Star Vehicle Male, Teen

Target Audience: Adult, Senior, Teen

Award Recognition: West End

Collection: Rare Gems, Star Vehicle Female, Star Vehicle Male