Stuart began his professional career as singer/guitarist in a rock band, Pop, which first brought him to the attention of Tim Rice. Pop toured extensively, and recorded several singles and an album.
Stuart’s first musical, for which he wrote book, music & lyrics, based upon his experience in the pop business, was The Boy Who Wanted More which premiered at the Buxton Festival of Musicals before transferring to Liverpool’s Unity Theatre. His next musical Mata Hari, an erotic epic drama based upon the true-life story of the celebrated courtesan, dancer and spy, enjoyed a run at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre.
When Stuart sent his own recording of the songs from his musical interpretation of the James Jones classic From Here To Eternity to Tim Rice, he set a train of events in motion that is now leading to his West End début as a composer. Fresh work from British composers new to the West End are rare indeed and Stuart’s music has the quality that has encouraged several very experienced and proven theatrical talents to join forces with him to create an original and dramatic show with an exceptional brand new score.
From Here To Eternity premiered at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London’s West End on 30 September 2013.