The Likes of Us

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s first collaboration follows Victorian philanthropist, Dr. Thomas Barnardo.

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Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Tim Rice

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s first musical, The Likes of Us, is based on the early life and times of the Victorian philanthropist, Dr. Thomas Barnardo.

The Likes of Us follows Barnardo’s arrival in London’s East End in 1866, his initial evangelical work and his eventual recognition of the plight and poverty amongst homeless children in the capital. The two-act show depicts Barnardo’s first meeting with Syrie Elmslie, who eventually became his wife, and how the first Barnardo’s home for children came into being in 1867.

Orchestrations by David Cullen & Chris Walker as conceived by Andrew Lloyd Webber


Size of orchestra: Large

Genre: Biography Drama Historical Period Social Themes

Vocal demands: Moderate

Dance Requirements: Moderate

Cast Size: Flexible Large

Casting Opportunities: Children Ensemble Cast Expandable Casting Multicultural Casting Star Vehicle Female Star Vehicle Male

Performance groups

Amateur Society Performing Arts School Professional Secondary School Theatre For Young Audiences University Youth Group

Videos from the show

  • “The Likes of Us” performed by the Dunmow Players in 2011
  • “Going, Going, Gone!” performed by the Concordia Youth Theatre
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