Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice first met in April 1965 and were very soon writing their first musical together, The Likes of Us. The show was completed by 1967 but was not produced at the time as the subject of children in Victorian London had been successfully covered by Lionel Bart‘s Oliver. In 2005, The Likes of Us was produced as a showcase performance, which was later released on CD and broadcast by BBC Radio. Three years later, with the approval of Rice and Lloyd Webber, the musical was made available to amateur theatre groups at a launch arranged by the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) and the Really Useful Group (RUG). Since then, The Likes of Us has been performed by more than fifty amateur societies and schools in the UK and Eire.