Sam Kenyon studied English Literature at Cambridge University before training in Musical Theatre at the Royal Academy of Music.
Composing credits include: VICE VERSA (Composer, RSC); A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM: A PLAY FOR THE NATION (Composer, RSC); THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE (Composer/Arranger/Additional Lyrics; RSC); THE GLASS SLIPPER (Composer/Additional Lyrics; Northern Stage); THE BORROWERS (Composer/Lyrics; Northern Stage, Winner of Best Show for Children & Young People, UK Theatre Awards 2013); BEST FRIENDS & BUTTERFLIES (Lyricist, Winner of Best Show for Young People at the 2000 Vivian Ellis Awards). Sam was commissioned by the BBC to write a verse-narration book for Kurt Weill & Ira Gershwin’s THE FIREBRAND OF FLORENCE (Barbican Theatre/Capriccio Records). He is currently writing a musical based on the life of Joan Littlewood.
Directing credits include: HOW THE VOTE WAS WON (Union Theatre); OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR (Co-director; Northern Stage & National Tour, nominated for Best Musical Production and Best Performances in a Musical TMA Awards 2011).
As Musical Supervisor: PLAYING FOR TIME (Composer/Lyricist/Musical Supervisor; Sheffield Crucible); CLOSE THE COALHOUSE DOOR (Northern Stage, National Tour); SWALLOWS & AMAZONS (Bristol Old Vic, West End, National Tour); OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR (Northern Stage & National Tour).
Performing credits include MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG(Watermill); AMADEUS(Wilton’s Music Hall); SWEENEY TODD(Watermill, West End); SUNSET BOULEVARD(Comedy Theatre, West End); AS YOU LIKE IT (Young Vic, Wyndham’s); LES JUSTES & ION(The Gate); MACBETH & THE OTHELLO MUSIC(BAC).
Tom Piper and Sam Kenyon open A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM in Stratford
The RSC have embarked on an ambitious and unique touring production of Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy, working with local amateur groups across the UK to create a “Play for the Nation”. Directed by Erica Whyman, with Design by Tom Piper and Music by Sam Kenyon, A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM plays in Stratford until 16th July 2016 before touring.
The Guardian ★★★★
“dusted with magic, glee and a sense that we can dream a better world”
“other meanings are delivered via Tom Piper’s design that offers a bombed-out theatre and 1940s costumes”
“replaced by the vivid colours of the Hindu festival Holi, the sound of destruction by the jazzy beat of a new era as spring arrives in a shower of rose petals.”
The Times ★★★★
“a roaring success”
The Evening Standard ★★★★
“clear, striking and, crucially, witty
“something that will appeal both to newcomers to the transformative powers of this magic-filled forest and to those who have long been accustomed to its beguiling beauty.”
“A jovial band at each side of the stage adds to the levity of the Forties setting — oh, those lovely frocks! — which unfolds under a bombed-out proscenium arch.”
“The nation is in for a treat.”
The Reviews Hub ★★★★
“Tom Piper’s war-torn brick background is pushed to the back to make room for rose petals, red drapes and twinkling lights for the final scene which are very effective with school children dressed as evacuees with smatterings of multi-coloured dust on their clothes intended to signify hope and new beginnings.”
“the jazz interludes performed live by musicians at the side of the stage add some sizzle.”
“out of the ordinary, that little bit special”
“truly is a play for the nation”