The Beautiful Game

The story of a group of Belfast teenagers from both sides of the religious divide during “The Troubles.”

Photo: National Youth Music Theatre 2018, Photograph by Konrad Bartelski
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Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Book & Lyrics by Ben Elton

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton’s The Beautiful Game is the story of ordinary people in an extraordinary situation and follows the fortunes of a group of teenagers from both sides of the religious divide during “The Troubles” in 1960s Belfast.

The Beautiful Game Perusal Script


Size of orchestra: Medium

Genre: Drama Historical Period Romance Social Themes

Vocal demands: Moderate

Dance Requirements: Minimal

Cast Size: Large

Casting Opportunities: Ensemble Cast Expandable Casting Star Vehicle Female Star Vehicle Male Teen

Performance groups

Amateur Society College Performing Arts School Professional Secondary School University Youth Group

Videos from the show

  • Montage from the 2000 London production
  • Footage from Fusion Theatre’s award-winning production
  • The Beautiful Game overture in Beijing
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