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Tim Gilvin


Tim is a multi-award-winning composer/lyricist based in the UK.

He currently has two shows programmed for Southwark Playhouse.  Unfortunate: The Untold Story Of Ursula The Sea Witch opens at Southwark Elephant in December 2023 for a 10 week run followed by a 6 month UK tour and then Cable Street at Southwark Borough in February 2024 for a 4 week run.  He is also under commission to the Royal & Derngate, Northampton with co-writer Jonny Wright for a project to be directed by Tinuke Craig and to Birmingham Hippodrome with co-writer Robyn Grant.  His new musical Shipton was featured at BEAM 2021, written with Robyn Grant and Daniel Foxx.


His one-man, one-act musical Stay Awake, Jake won the S&S Award in 2014 when it was performed by Norman Bowman and the VAULT Festival Origins Award in 2016 after its run there starring Jamie Muscato.  The show was livestreamed from Southwark Playhouse in December 2020 with Ahmed Hamad and directed by Grace Taylor, and a cast album of the show was released in July 2021.


Unfortunate was first produced by Fat Rascal Theatre in 2019 playing at the Edinburgh Festival, Leicester Curve and Birmingham Hippodrome.  In summer 2022, the show played the Underbelly in London and Edinburgh followed by a UK tour.  Other musicals include Help! We Are Still Alive at Seven Dials Playhouse in 2022 produced by The Grey Area Theatre and Great Expectations for Metta Theatre (workshop at National Theatre Studios).  A cast album of the Southwark production of Unfortunate is due to be released in early 2024.


Previous shows include Gap Year (Oxford Old Fire Station, Leicester Square Theatre 2012, University of Portsmouth 2015) and a sold out revue of Tim’s songs at The Crazy Coqs in 2017.  Tim appears regularly as part of Adam Lenson Production’s Signal series.




“Songs that arc like a one-act play” – Musical Theatre Review
“Earnest, intimate and bold” – The Stage
“[The] score has a satisfying richness and diversity reminiscent of any of the strong Disney soundtracks” – The Stage
“One of the country’s brightest and most interesting new songwriters” –
“Mesmerising new British chamber musical” – The Stage
“An exciting new voice for British musical theatre” – Bargain Theatreland

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