The Likes of Us

  • The Likes of Us

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s first collaboration follows Victorian philanthropist, Dr. Thomas Barnardo.

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lyrics by Tim Rice

Orchestrations by David Cullen & Chris Walker as conceived by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s first musical, The Likes of Us, is based on the early life and times of the Victorian philanthropist, Dr. Thomas Barnardo.

The Likes of Us follows Barnardo’s arrival in London’s East End in 1866, his initial evangelical work and his eventual recognition of the plight and poverty amongst homeless children in the capital. The two-act show depicts Barnardo’s first meeting with Syrie Elmslie, who eventually became his wife, and how the first Barnardo’s home for children came into being in 1867.

Popular with amateur societies and schools, The Likes of Us features eight principal performers, along with adult and children’s choruses. The tuner includes memorable solo songs such as “Twice in Love Every Day” and “A Strange and Lovely Song,” as well as full-scale chorus numbers such as “Going, Going, Gone” and “Have Another Cup of Tea.”

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Watch videos from the show

  • “The Likes of Us” performed by the Dunmow Players in 2011
  • “The Likes of Us” performed by Bradford Grammar
  • “Going, Going, Gone!” performed by the Concordia Youth Theatre

Show tags

Performance Group: Children’s Theatre, College, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, High School, Professional, Secondary School, Theatre For Young Audiences, University

Type: Book Musical

Style: Classic Broadway

Size of Orchestra: Large

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

Vocal Demands: Moderate

Dance Requirements: Moderate

Cast Size: Flexible, Large

Casting Opportunities: Children, Ensemble Cast, Expandable Casting, Multicultural Casting, Star Vehicle Female, Star Vehicle Male

Target Audience: Appropriate For All Audiences

Collection: Community Theatre Favorites, Star Vehicle Female, Star Vehicle Male