Grant Olding

film, television & theatre composer and lyricist

Driving, joyous interludes help turn a well-made comic play into an entertainment with the lift of an exhilarating musical.

The New York Times

Award winning composer

Grant Olding

trained as an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama before turning to music when the Bridewell Theatre created the post of composer in residence for him in 2003...


He wrote the songs and performed in 'The Craze' band for hit comedy One Man and Two Guvnors, which recently completed a world tour following a sell-out run at the National Theatre. The production had a successful transfer to the Adelphi Theatre in London and is now playing at the Haymarket in the West End, as well as the Music Box on Broadway. Grant’s music was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Original Score and won the Drama Desk award for Outstanding Music in a Play in 2012.


Grant has written the music and lyrics for musicals including Robin Hood (Castle Theatre, Wellingborough); Tracy Beaker Gets Real (Nottingham Playhouse and UK tour); Simply Cinderella (Curve Theatre, Leicester); The Beggars Musical (Changeling Theatre tour); Spittin’ Distance (Stephen Joseph Theatre and National Theatre Studio); Beyond the Sea (Bridewell); Yeti: An Abominamusical (Edinburgh Fringe) and Three Sides (Bridewell, Shaw, Finborough, 45th Street Theatre - New York Musical Theatre Festival 2006).


His most recent work for theatre includes The Good Person of Sichuan for the Mercury Theatre, Colchester; Sherlock Holmes – The Best Kept Secret for the West Yorkshire Playhouse and subsequent UK tour, as well as James and the Giant Peach for the Birmingham Stage Company and the UK Tour. He also wrote the music for Broken Glass, which started at the Tricycle Theatre and transferred to the Vaudeville Theatre in the West End last year.


Grant’s other theatre scores include Timon of Athens, Travelling Light, England People Very Nice, The Man of Mode, The Alchemist and Southwark Fair (all at the National Theatre), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Haymarket Theatre), Wallenstein (Minerva Theatre, Chichester), Bollywood Jane and Salonika (West Yorkshire Playhouse), London Assurance (Watermill Theatre and tour), 101 Dalmations (Royal and Derngate, Northampton) and The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, The Importance of Being Earnest, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night and The Blue Diamond of Azkabar (all for Changeling Theatre, tour).


Film and television work includes hit BBC2 comedy The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff, a four part period comedy series that premiered in December 2012; National Theatre On Stage, two Arena documentaries for the BBC about the first fifty years of the National Theatre; Sky Arts documentary Theatreland, short films Losing the Plot, and Junkie Love, and viral video Last Minute Musical which received more than 700,000 downloads for He has most recently completed the score for his first feature film Saving Santa, an animated action adventure with songs, starring Martin Freeman, Tim Curry, Joan Collins, Noel Clarke and Ashley Tisdale.


Grant’s work has been featured in the Not(es) from New York series at the Duchess Theatre, and on the debut albums of Annalene Beechey, Stuart Matthew Price, Caroline Sheen and Gemma Atkins. The One Man and Two Guvnors original cast album is now available and features Grant singing nine of the fifteen songs. He won the NYMF award for excellence in musical theatre writing for the off-Broadway production of Three Sides. In 2013, Grant was added to the Stage 100, the official list for the 100 most influential people in theatre. He recently wrote a song for James Corden to perform at the Evening Standard Awards 2012, and accompanied James at the piano.


Grant is a board member for Mercury Musicals Development.