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Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton’s musical is the story of ordinary people in an extraordinary situation. THE BEAUTIFUL GAME follows the fortunes of a group of teenagers from both sides of the religious divide during the Troubles in 1960s Belfast.

The show opened at the Cambridge Theatre, London on 26th September 2000 and ran until 1st September 2001. During its run the show was awarded the prestigious Best Musical Award in the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2000.

Under the watchful eye of team coach Father O’Donnell, John and Del both show enough promise to pursue careers as professional footballers. They’re just two regular teenagers who dream of nothing more than girls and football. When they find love with their girlfriends Mary and Christine, they become swept up in the events that engulf their community and, as time passes, each has to decide whether or not to follow their hearts.

Ben Elton tells their story with humour and compassion, with lyrics that are both funny and heartbreaking. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s evocative new score combines heart-searing ballads and stirring anthems with the sounds of Ireland. This powerful and passionate musical is a joyous celebration of the freedom that love can bring.


Show Licence Agreement & How Much It Costs

THE BEAUTIFUL GAME is licensed to secondary schools, colleges, universities, youth groups and adult amateur societies subject to the terms and conditions listed in the respective licences below. When you apply for a licence you will be asked to confirm that you have read and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

To read the show licence agreement for The Beautiful Game click here

How Much Does It Cost?

When you make your show licence application you will be taken through to the show licence quotation page. This quote will be based on the details you provide.

To find out the cost of the The Beautiful Game show licence click here


Father O’Donnell

John Kelly

Mary McGuire

Thomas Malloy

Daniel Gillen


Gregory O’Shaugnessy

Derek Copeland

Christine Warner

New Announcers


Unpleasant looking Women X 2

Policemen X 2

Prison Guard

Prison Inmates

Men and Women of Belfast  X 22 (ish)




  • Woodwind I (Flute, Piccolo, Penny Whistles)
  • Percussion
  • Keyboard I
  • Keyboard II
  • Keyboard III
  • Guitar
  • Bass Guitar
  • Drums
  • Violin (Five string preferred / Four string optional)

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