Composer . Writer . Cabaret Performer

Mark Bunyan Composer . Writer . Cabaret Performer

Musical theatre writing

Ermyntrude and Esmeralda book cover
Ermyntrude and Esmeralda
book cover
Iíve been writing musical theatre - book, music and lyrics - since 1977 when I first dramatised Ermyntrude and Esmeralda, a novella by Lytton Strachey, that Iíd enjoyed for some while.

In 1982 I wrote my first completely original piece, Just Good Friends, and the three pieces that followed that were all to original plot lines.

In the late 1980s I became somewhat disillusioned with the direction that musical theatre was taking - I prefer book musicals to sung-through pieces - and stopped for a number of years.


Just Good Friends poster
Just Good Friends poster
Eventually the last of my four original-plotted musicals screamed out to be written and I worked on it for some years.

Since joining Mercury Musical Developments (or what was, in 1999, the Mercury Workshop) Iíve worked on musicals that have dramatised already existing stories, a myth, some fairy tales and various biographical pieces about real people.


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