"the stand out element, however, is Aaron King’s score, accompanied by Sam Norman’s lyrics... the score is truly a gift that keeps on giving"
Cherwell (student newspaper), on new musical Nice Guy
Aaron has recently been working on the music for Come Dine With Me: The Musical, in collaboration with lyricist Sam Norman. Come Dine With Me will be presented in a shortened workshop form at MTFest 2022 at The Turbine Theatre. More information and tickets are available here.
Aaron’s first foray into composing for musical theatre was the short musical Pawn, written in collaboration with lyricist Sam Norman. Pawn was a great success at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe festival. Aaron was later privileged to be selected to participate in a series of composition workshops with Claude-Michel Schönberg, the highly celebrated composer of musicals including Les Misérables and Miss Saigon.
In 2017, Aaron and Sam wrote a large scale musical based on the play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, which was performed in Oxford to overwhelmingly positive reviews (see above). Their next project, Nice Guy, was performed at the Oxford Playhouse's Burton Taylor Studio, with the intent of increasing awareness of abusive relationships. To this end they are grateful for the support of the charity Clean Slate. Nice Guy was the only show to receive a 5 star review from The Cherwell in 2018.
Above: promotional image for Come Dine With Me: The Musical, as part of MTFest 2022
Below: trailers from previous productions Nice Guy and Cyrano de Bergerac