Major Production History and Awards

The Beautiful Game

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton’s The Beautiful Game made its official world premiere on September 26, 2000 at the West End’s Cambridge Theatre. Directed by Robert Carsen, with choreography by Meryl Tankard, the production ran for almost a year and was honored with the Best Musical Award at the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards in 2000.

The show was subsequently reworked by Lloyd Webber and Elton and was known for a few years as The Boys in the Photograph; it received a workshop by students at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in April 2008. A full-scale production later played in Canada in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Toronto.

The musical was produced for the first time in Northern Ireland in February 2012 by the award-winning cross-community youth chorus Fusion Theatre and was subsequently seen at Ireland’s Waterford Festival of Light Opera. Other productions include a successful London fringe staging at Southwark’s Union Theatre in spring 2014, produced by Paul Taylor-Mills, as well as the Australian premiere at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in August 2016, which was directed and choreographed by Tankard.