George has worked with lyricist Anthony Drewe for more than 30 years. As well as making some very nice apricot jam, they’ve also written the musicals: Betty Blue Eyes, Soho Cinders, Honk!, the new songs, dance and vocal arrangements for the world-wide smash-hit Cameron Mackintosh/Disney production of Mary Poppins, Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure, Just So and Tutankhamun. Current projects include Soapdish for Broadway, The Wind in the Willows with Julian Fellowes for the West End and a new adaptation of Greene’s Travels with My Aunt.
Stiles and Drewe have also recently premiered a trio of shows for younger audiences – The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Three Billy Goats Gruff which are soon to be seen in the UK. Since winning the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2000, their show, Honk! has been seen by more than 6 million people all over the world in over 8,000 productions in more than 20 languages.
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With lyricist Paul Leigh, George has composed the musicals: Moll Flanders, The Three Musketeers, and Tom Jones.
Other work includes the music for Sam Mendes’ Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya (Donmar Warehouse and BAM), and songs for the RSC’s Shakespeare Revue. He was Dame Edna Everage’s composer and Musical Director for a blissful year in 1995. His 2007 score for Troilus and Cressida at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre was nominated for a Jefferson Award. He is currently writing a dance drama with the choreographer Drew McOnie based on Oscar Wilde’s short story The Star Child.
Awards include: Olivier Award for Best New Musical (Honk!), Eliot Norton Award for Outstanding Musical Production (Honk!), and a host of awards for Mary Poppins around the world. George is a founding board-member of Mercury Musical Developments, a charitable organisation that nurtures new musical writing in the UK, and awards the annual Stiles & Drewe Prize for a new song written for the musical stage.