Lyrics & Producer
TIM RICE, lyricist, has worked in music, theatre and films since 1965 when he met Andrew Lloyd Webber, a fellow struggling songwriter. Rather than pursue Tim’s ambitions to write rock or pop songs they turned their attention to Andrew’s obsession – musical theatre. Their first collaboration was an unsuccessful show based on the life of Dr.Barnardo, the Victorian philanthropist, The Likes Of Us. Their next three works together were much more successful – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita. Tim has also worked with other distinguished popular composers such as Elton John (The Lion King, Aida), Alan Menken (Aladdin, King David, Beauty and the Beast) and Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (Chess).
From Here To Eternity is his first totally new show for 13 years. He is grateful to Stuart Brayson (music) for the original idea to stage James Jones’ marvellous novel for the musical theatre, and to Tamara Harvey (direction), Bill Oakes (book) and Lee Menzies (co-producer) for becoming a formidable creative team with Stuart and him.
He formed his own cricket team (Heartaches CC, still going strong) in 1973 and was President of the MCC in 2002. He recently wrote and presented a 52-part series for BBC Radio 2, American Pie, a trawl through the music and musicians of every American State. He has won several awards, mainly for the wrong thing or for simply turning up.
From Here To Eternity premiered at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London’s West End on 30 September 2013.