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...


Grant wrote the songs and performed in 'The Craze' band for hit comedy "One Man, Two Guvnors", which recently completed an International tour following sell-out runs at the National Theatre, and in the West End at the Adelphi Theatre and the Theatre Royal Haymarket. The original cast went with the show to the Music Box Theatre on Broadway for six months where Grant was nominated for a Tony award and won the Drama Desk Award for best score. The record-breaking production is now on it's third UK tour and Grant's score can also be heard in countless non-NT productions of the play around the world.


His most recent work for theatre includes Oppenheimer (RSC), Twelfth Night (Sheffield Crucible), Great Britain (NT and Theatre Royal Haymarket), A Small Family Business (NT) and The Dishwashers (Birminham Rep and tour).


Grant has written the music and lyrics for musicals including Drunk (Curve, Leicester and Bridewell), 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) and Three Sides (Bridewell, Finborough, 45th Street Theatre - New York Musical Theatre Festival 2006).


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), The Memory of Water (New Vic, Stoke), The Good Person of Sichuan (Colchester Mercury), James and the Giant Peach (Birmingham Stage Company), Broken Glass (Tricycle and Vaudeville in the West End), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Canvas and Wallenstein (Minerva Theatre, Chichester), Sherlock Holmes - the Best Kept Secret, 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), Monsters Behind the Iron Curtain (feature length drama documentary for National Geographic/Animal Planet), National Theatre On Stage (two Arena documentaries for the BBC about the first fifty years of the National Theatre) and Sky Arts documentary Theatreland, as well as short films Induction, A Day A Life, Losing the Plot, and Junkie Love. 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 is in pre-production on a second animated feature film Reds and Grays, starring David Tennant, Gemma Arterton, Lena Headey and Christopher Plummer.


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 and accompanied James at the piano.


Grant is a board member for Mercury Musicals Development.