Stephen is a multi-award-winning writer and composer for theatre from rural Cumbria.
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Hailed by The Stage as “excellent, idiosyncratic and genuinely contemporary”, his music draws on a diverse range of sounds genres — from folk to classical to pop — to create a highly original voice for theatre. He has co-created a number of shows and has had his work performed across the UK, at venues including the Lowry (Salford), the Arcola (London) and Theatre by the Lake. As a composer, his work includes the synthpop musical GUY and pop opera The Marriage of Kim K; whilst as writer-composer he has created the actor-musician musicals Robin Hood and The Gunpowder Plot.
“Stephen Hyde’s musical score is seriously impressive… these songs are not just catchy, but clever too”
Stephen is the composer and co-founder of two British theatre companies. With leo&hyde, Stephen creates new musicals and operas with writer Leo Mercer, combining electronic and pop sound-worlds with contemporary stories to create a fresh style of modern musical. With touring Shakespeare company The Three Inch Fools, Stephen is the composer and director of their highly musical renditions of the Bard’s plays, creating music that centres around traditional folk, all the while blending with opera, choral, rock, bluegrass and country influences. Stephen has also scripted two brand new family shows: a reimagining of Robin Hood and a new adaptation of The Gunpowder Plot.