Before After: A Musical Love Story

Before After poster

Music and Lyrics by Stuart Matthew Price

Book and Additional Lyrics by Timothy Knapman

Based on an original concept by Stuart Matthew Price
Ami meets Ben by a tree on a beautiful hillside. She recognises him instantly – they were once very much in love. But Ben doesn’t remember her at all. What went so terribly wrong in the past, and is there a chance that, in the present, these two lovers might just find their happy ever after after all?

2014 workshop showcase:St James Theatre Studio

elegant… it had an immediacy and clarity… it also came to thrilling vocal and acting life” Mark Shenton, The Stage 

“a cleverly constructed libretto… much to savour in the score… plenty of comedy… a great achievement… I do hope this intimate musical continues to blossom and finds its way to a full production in the not too distant future.” Lisa Martland, Musical Theatre Review 

First full production: Theatre 1010, Tokyo; November 2014

Directed by Yoshinari Nakamoto
Translation by Emi Yoshida
Produced by Musical-za

Livestream Rehearsed Reading: Southwark Playhouse, London; 25th & 26th September 2020

Starring Hadley Fraser and Rosalie Craig
Directed by Matthew Rankcom
Musical Director Charlie Ingles
Produced by the Grey Area Theatre CompanyReviews: 

“Timothy Knapman’s book is befitting of a classic romcom, and I mean this as the highest compliment. The language between Ben and Ami feels authentic, creating a relationship that’s recognisable and real, and I bought into it.” Caroline Cronin, Broadway World 

5* “something truly special… a triumph” All That Dazzles 

“cracking dialogue and cleverly constructed songs from talented show creators Stuart Matthew Price and Timothy Knapman” 2nd From Bottom

4* “The music is beautiful throughout with particular highlights being ‘As Long As You’re There’, ‘This Time’ and ‘Before After’… It all feels effortless and allows you to become engrossed in the storytelling.” West End Best Friend

First London Production: Southwark Playhouse February, March 2024

Starring Jacob Fowler and Grace Mouat
Directed by Georgie Rankcom
Musical Director Ben McQuigg
Produced by The Grey Area Theatre Company


4* “A beautifully romantic show” All That Dazzles
4* “Mouat and Fowler are simply brilliant” Fairy Powered Productions
4* “Fantastic” The Artscape
4* “Immensely impressive talent” Everything Theatre
4* “Uniquely touching” Musical Theatre Review
4* “Special” These Theatre Thoughts
4* “A one act wonder” Curtain Call Reviews

Netherlands Touring Production

First Performance: Theater de Meervaart, November 2020
Starring: Coen Bril and Desi van Doeveren
Directed by Loek de Bakker
Produced by Oatmilk


4* ILoveTheater.NL

4* TheatreParadijs.NL

4* “Before After intrigues from start to finish” MusicalSites.NL

“Striking musical debut with glowing music” Scenes.NU



Before After CD cover

CD reviews: 

“A strong British musical with clear storytelling and a great deal of heart.” Broadway World

“a clever story, and one I would like to see… a very immersive experience, and one that I can do no more than recommend to any theatre enthusiast.” 9 out of 10! Review Graveyard

“A real humdinger! Wonderful concept, fantastic music, clever lyrics, stunning cast – what more could you want?” Musical Theatre ReviewBuy recordings: UK Studio Cast Recording, starring Hadley Fraser and Caroline SheenWorkshop and showcase: 

St James Theatre, London; September 2014

Directed by Simon Greiff 

Produced by United Theatrical 

Supported by Arts Council England 

Starring Hadley Fraser and Caroline Sheen

Buy recordings: 

BEFORE AFTER Studio Cast Recording

International productions: 

10 productions by Musical-za in Tokyo since 2014

Japanese Cast CD Recording 

Stuttgart production forthcoming

Keep in touch: 
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