London Road

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  • It Could Be Him.mp3

  • London Road in Bloom.mp3

  • We've All Stopped.mp3

Book and lyrics by Alecky Blythe. Music by Adam Cork.


London Road documents the events of 2006, when the Suffolk town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women.

The residents of London Road had struggled for years with frequent soliciting and kerb-crawling on their street. When Steve Wright, the occupant of No. 79, was arrested, charged and then convicted of the murders, the community grappled with what it meant to be at the epicentre of this tragedy.

London Road debuted at the National Theatre in 2011, and was revived in 2012 before being made into a feature film (BBC films), starring Olivia Colman and Tom Hardy in 2015.

Adam Cork's music uses the melodic speech patterns captured on Alecky Blythe's recorded interviews with the people of Ipswich to create this extraordinary work.


Reeds 1 (Flute, Clarinet in Bb, Bass Clarinet in Bb, Alto Saxophone in Eb)
Reeds 2 (Clarinet in Bb, Soprano Saxophone in Bb, Alto Saxophone in Eb Tenor Saxophone in Bb)
Reeds 3 (Clarinet in Bb, Bass Clarinet in Bb, Soprano Saxophone in Bb, Alto Saxophone in Eb, Baritone Saxophone in Bb)

2 Keyboards (No 1 is also Musical Director)

Acoustic Guitar (doubling Electric Guitar & Bass Guitar)

(tubular bells, drum kit, triangle, 2 woodblocks, tambourine, crotales, shaker, cowbell, tom-toms, xylosynth/timpani, wind chimes, finger cymbals, gong, Kontakt Daydreamer mallet synth) 


Materials available for hire.

Cast Size: Large (16+)

Genre(s): Musical Theatre


‘Captivating… A startling, magically original success.’

Evening Standard

‘Genuinely groundbreaking. Something very new for the musical form; raw humanity captured in music.’

Time Out

‘A quietly stunning achievement… The creative daring and needling intelligence of London Road returns the complex texture of human life to musical theatre.’

Sunday Times