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The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich

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Grant was lucky enough to write original songs and score for this Mary Pix play which hasn't been performed in 320 years. The show has been incredibly well received by audiences and critics alike with the music and songs being singled out in every review.

 

"Grant Olding's music and songs are revealed as one of the greatest delights of the production, beautifully written and delivered with clear relish by Stanton and the rest of the sizeable cast. The score is performed by a harpsichord, percussion and – in a masterstroke of inspiration – a saxophone quartet 'pretending', as Olding puts it in the programme, to be a string quartet but occasionally forgetting to behave. The songs are clever and witty, Olding's score pure musical theatre. I longed for many more of these sparkling interventions." - Whatsonstage

 

The riotous comedy, directed by Jo Davies, designed by Colin Richmond and starring Sophie Stanton as the eponymous Mrs Rich runs at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon until 14th June.

 

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The Country Wife

Minerva Theatre, Chichester

 

 

Next up for Grant is another restoration comedy, The Country Wife by William Wycherley.

 

This hilarious comedy will be directed by Jonathan Munby who Grant worked with previously on Twelfth Night, is designed by Soutra Gilmour (designer of Drew McOnie and Grant's Jekyll and Hyde) and stars Susannah Fielding as Margery Pinchwife.

 

The play opens at Chichester's Minerva Theatre on 8th June and runs til the 7th July.

 

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One Man Two Guvnors

National Theatre

 

The NT's hit comedy with songs by Grant, directed by Sir Nicholas Hytner has been making people wet themselves laughing since 2011. The original NT production was been seen by more than a million people worlwide, played in the West End, on Broadway and Internationally. Although the original production closed in 2015, Grant's music can still be heard in new productions all around the world.

 

The play can also now be licensed for amateur use from Samuel French where you can also choose to license Grant's award winning skiffle score.

 

Hear Grant performing with The Craze on the original cast album here

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