From his studio between the Black Mountains and the Golden Valley, award winning composer and lyricist Grant Olding writes and produces music for television, stage, film and dance.
Highlights in theatre include his many collaborations with Nicholas Hytner both at the Bridge Theatre: “La Belle Sauvage”, “A Christmas Carol”, “Two Ladies”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Alys Always”, ‘Young Marx” and at the National Theatre: “Timon of Athens”, “Travelling Light”, “Great Britain”, “England People Very Nice”, ‘The Alchemist”, “Southwark Fair”, “The Man of Mode” and most famously writing and performing the songs in “One Man Two Guvnors”, the National Theatre’s smash hit comedy starring James Corden, which ran for over three years in the West End and Broadway where Grant was nominated for a Tony Award and won the Drama Desk Award for best music in a play.
Grant has also written many scores for the Royal Shakespeare Company including “The Rover”, “The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich”, and “The Hypocrite” as well as “Don Quixote” and “Oppenheimer” which both transferred to the West End. His work for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre includes “Bartholomew Fair” and “Comedy of Errors”.
In 2013, Grant wrote the songs and score for the animated feature film “Saving Santa” starring Martin Freeman and Tim Curry. He collaborated with the same creative team for Warner Brother’s animated TV series “Moley” starring Warwick Davis, Stanley Tucci, Gemma Arterton and Richard E Grant.
Other television highlights include the Sky Max Christmas film “Christmas Carole”, three series’ of “Upstart Crow” for the BBC, and two series of “Marley’s Ghosts” for UKTV Gold. He also scored the BBC sitcoms “I Want My Wife Back” and “The Bleak Old Shop Of Stuff”, as well as one-off films “A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong” and “The Pact”.
In 2016 Grant’s first full length dance piece “Jekyll & Hyde” premiered at the Old Vic Theatre, directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie, and in 2021 the pair’s first classical ballet “Merlin” premiered with the Northern Ballet Company and was broadcast in cinemas in 2022.