Anthony Drewe


Anthony Drewe


With composer George Stiles, Anthony has written the book and lyrics for Honk!, Just So, Tutankhamun, The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and The Three Billy Goats Gruff as well as the lyrics for Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure, (with a book by Willis Hall) and Betty Blue Eyes (based on the film A Private Function, with a book by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman). He also wrote the lyrics and co-wrote the book (with Elliot Davis) for Soho Cinders. In 2004 Stiles and Drewe wrote the new songs and additional music and lyrics for the worldwide smash-hit Cameron Mackintosh/Disney production of Mary Poppins. They have several other shows in development including Soapdish (with a book by Robert Harling), The Wind in the Willows (with a book by Julian Fellowes), Travels with My Aunt (with a book by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman) and a new show with director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell (with a book by Elliot Davis).

Since winning the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2000, Honk! has been seen by more than 6 million people all over the world in over 8,000 productions in more than 20 languages.

With composer Tony Hatch, Anthony wrote lyrics for The Card and, with Singaporean composer Dick Lee, the lyrics for A Twist of Fate.

As a director Anthony’s work includes Snoopy (Watermill Theatre), Honk! (South Africa, Chicago, Tokyo and Singapore), Just So (North Shore Music Theatre, Massachusetts and Chichester Festival Theatre), The Thing About Men (London’s King’s Head Theatre), You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (Tabard Theatre) and The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Singapore)

Awards include the 2000 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical (Honk!), the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Musical Production (Honk!) and the FNB Vita Award for Best musical (Honk!), two top prizes at the 1996 Musical of the Year Awards (Peter Pan), the Straits Times Award for Best Musical (A Twist of Fate), and the first ever Vivian Ellis Prize (Just So). Mary Poppins has won 44 major theatre awards around the globe including Tony, Olivier, Helpmann and London Evening Standard Awards.

In addition, during his 32-year writing collaboration with George Stiles, Anthony has written numerous cabaret songs which have been performed in many TV, radio and theatre shows.

Anthony is a founding board-member of Mercury Musical Developments, a charitable organisation that nurtures new musical writing in the UK, and which also awards the annual Stiles and Drewe Prize for a new song written for the musical stage.


Writer Type

Bookwriter, Lyricist