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.
In 2013 Grant wrote the songs and score for the animated feature film SAVING SANTA starring Martin Freeman and Tim Curry, and for the same creative team Grant currently scores the Warner Brother's animated TV series MOLEY starring Warwick Davis, Stanley Tucci, Gemma Arterton and Richard E Grant.
Other television highlights include scoring three series' of UPSTART CROW for the BBC and two series of MARLEY'S GHOSTS for UKTV Gold. Also for the BBC he has scored sitcoms including I WANT MY WIFE BACK and THE BLEAK OLD SHOP OF STUFF, as well as one off films like 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 in 2022 was broadcast in cinemas.
A Comedy of Errors - Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Directed by The Globe's associate artistic director Sean Holmes this hilarious comedy is currently playing at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre until 29th July with a score by Grant.
Setting the play in Shakespeare's London, with all the Elizabethan trappings and a live band made up of two shawms, a cornett, a sackbut, drum and recorders this early Shakespeare work manages still to feel completely contemporary, and very very funny.
"Olding's score is both jolly and menacing when it needs to be" **** Whatsonstage
"full of wit and pizazz" **** The Guardian
"daft, bawdy and boisterous" **** Evening Standard
"Shakespeare's eccentric romp gets a glorious makeover" **** The Telegraph
"Under the nonsense a glimpse of realism" **** The Times
"raucously entertaining and joyously funny" **** Culturewhisper
Moley on Boomerang
The 52 part animated TV series Moley, with music by Grant is currently playing on Warner Brothers' channel Boomerang. With a star studded voice cast which includes Warwick Davis, Stanley Tucci, Gemma Arterton, Julie Walters, Richard E Grant and Charles Dance.