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Stephen Kingsbury

composer & lyricist

Stephen Kingsbury

Stephen has written the music and lyrics to five original musicals: Great Expectations (2002), Treasure Island! (2003), The Wind in the Willows (2008), The Railway Children (2011) and Arbuckle (2016). The last three being in collaboration with writer, Ben Sleep; their most notable success being the The Wind in the Willows UK tours in 2009 and 2010. Two songs from Treasure Island will be used in the forthcoming feature film, Little Darlings (ManMade Productions).  He has also 'collaborated' with a certain Roald Dahl on some songs for James and the Giant Peach, produced over Easter 2014 at the Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage.

After an arduous two years' gestation, Steve and Ben are proud to announce the safe arrival of their most recent offspring - a musical based on the 1921 scandal surrounding Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle.  It focuses on the crucial drama in his life, where he quickly turned from being a nation's treasured funny man into a toxic figure of ridicule and despair.  Sex, jealousy, greed, fame, infamy, betrayal, public anger, press manipulation, they're all in there! The latter two being a particular lightning rod to today's public affairs.

In between his writing, Stephen has spent time as a pianist on a world cruise where he produced arrangements for the on-board cabaret. He is a songwriter, theatre composer and music tutor as well as being a secondary school music teacher for nearly ten years, during which time he regularly taught singing and directed the music for many shows, including Guys and Dolls, Little Shop of Horrors and Cabaret. He has composed and arranged music for several companies, most significantly for the outdoor touring productions of ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen's’ The Medal, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, As You Like It and Henry V and The Tempest for Dramatic Pause Productions). Also, Stephen has been the musical director on a number of shows including Third Theatre’s acclaimed production of Bizet’s Carmen.

He takes great care over his own arrangements, orchestrations and the recordings of his own works. More recently, he has taken music theatre workshops for the Brit School; taught at Stagecoach Theatre Arts Schools and has been rehearsal pianist for several production companies. 2016 has seen Stephen appear on stage twice, once in The Railway Children at the Portsmouth Theatre Royal and the other in an open-air productions of The Tempest and A Midsummer Night's Dream for which he also wrote the music.

Where does the inspiration come from? Stephen thinks up many of his tunes and lyrics whilst sailing and canoeing around the coast and along the rivers of the UK.

He has professional representation with Michele Milburn of Milburn Browning Associates

Wind in the Willows musical for children, Wind in the Willows musical KS2
A Rip-roaring Musical Ride along the Road of Friendship!

Listen to songs from The Wind in the Willows

"Sometimes in life, one finds a little nugget and this is one of them. Stephen Kingsbury and Ben Sleep's version of this delightful classic gives us some simply stunning music to work with and is concise where it needs to be..." 

"What can I say - the show was fantastic and so well received by the sell out audiences...much of this is, of course, down to the wonderfully crafted script and superb music/lyrics..."

"...a pure refreshing delight.  I would recommend it to anyone, big or small, old or young!"

"...this new musical show retains all the wit, whimsy and thrills of the original Kenneth Grahame novel whilst bringing a touch of showbiz to the Riverbank!"

Treasure Island the musical, Treasure Island Production

A Jolly, Salt-encrusted Musical Adventure on the High Seas!

Listen to songs from Treasure Island!


"The timeless tale of adventure, mutiny and friendship is told here through superb, unforgettable songs, witty lyrics and a sparkling dialogue. It captures the breathless and exhilarating mood of the book whilst adding a few irreverent touches that kids will love! Perfect for a junior school musical production!"

"I consider it to be the best musical production our primary school has done in the seven years I have been doing them!"

"Songs were so catchy that they almost learnt themselves - such a relief to hear good quality songs for KS2 children"

"...a terrific mix of comedy, music and drama. The kids fell in love with it!"


The Railway Children

"Our tickets have returned us to the place where we began"

"This is your station too, dear friends
And so our little journey ends"

Listen to songs from The The Railway Children

"There's nothing funny now
The only joke is standing here before you"

Listen to songs from current projects