James Cleeve


James Cleeve


I’m a freelance musical director, composer and arranger, and a member of the BML Advanced Composers’ Workshop.

In December 2018, Mike Stocks and I were very happy and proud to win the Iris Theatre Xmas Factor Competition with our song ‘Heroes of Christmas, Celebrated Panto Dames’.

I’m currently working with Mike on ‘Oh Yes I Am’ (RND Workshop April 2021), and Nikki Racklin on ‘Bette & Joan & Baby Jane’ (Book by Tracy-Ann Oberman).

Projects as MD include: Yank! The Musical (Charing Cross Theatre & Hope Mill Manchester), The Sound of Music (National Tour – Associate MD), Ushers (Arts Theatre), Avenue Q (Windsor Theatre Royal), A Class Act (The Landor) and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Arts Theatre). I’ve also MD’d many workshops and productions of new writing.

I’m a regular MD on the London cabaret circuit, and I’ve performed with singers including Christine Bovill, Liza Pulman, Rachel Tucker, Wendi Peters and Claire Sweeney.

Outside of musical theatre, I work as a choral leader with the Southbank Centre, Shakespeare’s Globe, The Young Vic and The West End Musical Choir.



Writer Type

Lyricist, Composer