Special Christmas Meeting

Spread a Little Happiness - the Story of the British Musical

The British Musical was triumphant in the 1920s and 30s when the musicals of Noel Coward and Ivor Novello dominated the West End. However the arrival of Oklahoma in 1948 changed everything. Over the next 30 years audiences flocked to see the big American

musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Frank Loesser, Cy Coleman and Kander and Ebb. Nonetheless there were moments of British success in between and

composers like Julian Slade, Sandy Wilson, David Heneker and, of course, Lionel Bart had enormously popular shows. Then, in the 1970s and 1980s Andrew Lloyd Webber established the British musical as an international force.

10.30am: Coffee

11.00 am: Part 1: 1920’s and 1930’s

12.30pm: Christmas lunch

2.00 pm: Part 2: 1948 onwards

Please note - Morning lecture and lunch must be pre-booked


Studied at University of London and King’s College, London & RADA. He has worked as an actor, director and teacher and even backstage at the Royal Opera House. He was Workshop and Events Manager at the V&A Theatre Museum in London for 10 years. Since 2009 he has lectured on the V&A Short Course and Year Course Programme on Theatre and has worked on the Art and Expression Programme. He has taught at Rose Bruford College, Mountview Theatre School, The Actors Centre and RADA. He has written material for The National Theatre Education Department and contributed as a speaker on theatre to many television programmes while working at the Theatre Museum. He lectures for Road Scholar USA for Theatre groups visiting London and has lectured in America.