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The Beautiful Game (a.k.a. THE BOYS IN THE PHOTOGRAPH)

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton’s musical is the story of ordinary people in an extraordinary situation. THE BEAUTIFUL GAME follows the fortunes of a group of teenagers, all members of a local soccer team, and their friends.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Romance, Comedy, Sports, Drama

  • Time Period: 1970s
  • Set Requirements: THE BEAUTIFUL GAME takes place in Belfast, 1972
  • Orchestra Size: 9

  • Accolades:
  • Best Musical Award in the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2000
Under the watchful eye of team coach Father O’Donnell, John and Del both show enough promise to pursue careers as professional footballers. They’re just two regular teenagers who dream of nothing more than girls and football. When they find love with their girlfriends Mary and Christine, they become swept up in the events that engulf their community and, as time passes, each has to decide whether or not to follow their hearts.

Ben Elton tells their story with humour and compassion, with lyrics that are both funny and heartbreaking. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s evocative new score combines heart-searing ballads and stirring anthems with the sounds of Ireland. This powerful and passionate musical is a joyous celebration of the freedom that love can bring.

The show opened at the Cambridge Theatre, London on 26th September 2000 and ran until 1st September 2001. During its run the show was awarded the prestigious Best Musical Award in the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2000.

(a.k.a. THE BOYS IN THE PHOTOGRAPH)

  • Casting: 6M, 6F, 6M or F
  • Chorus Size: 22

  • FATHER O'DONNELL
    JOHN KELLY
    MARY McGUIRE
    THOMAS MALLOY
    DANIEL GILLEN
    BERNADETTE
    GREGORY O'SHAUGNESSY
    DEREK COPELAND
    CHRISTINE WARNER
    NEW ANNOUNCERS
    REFEREE
    UNPLEASANT LOOKING WOMAN x2
    HEAD ORANGE MARCHER
    WOMAN AT THE ORANGE MARCH
    POLICEMEN x2
    PRISON GUARD
    PRISON INMATES
    MEN AND WOMEN OF BELFAST x22-ish
    CHILDREN x4
  • Name Price
    Rehearsal Material Shipped a minimum of 3 months before the last performance. This must be hired as a condition of the License to produce this show.

    25 Libretto/Vocal Scores
    2 Director Scripts
    2 Piano/Vocal Scores

    $550.00 +$135.00/pm
    Orchestral Material Shipped a minimum of 1 month before the last performance. This is optional.

    2 Full Scores (Act 1 & Act 2)
    1 Woodwind I (Flute, Piccolo, Penny Whistles)
    1 Percussion
    1 Keyboard I
    1 Keyboard II
    1 Keyboard III
    1 Guitar
    1 Bass Guitar
    1 Drums
    1 Violin (Five string preferred / Four string optional)

    $350.00 +$135.00/pm
    Perusal Material Shipped immediately. This is optional. Order Now

    1 Piano/Vocal Score
    1 Libretto/Vocal Score

    $24.00