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?


First performance: 

Theatre 1010, Tokyo; November 2014

Directed by Yoshinari Nakamoto

Translation by Emi Yoshida

Produced by Musical-za


"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



Highlights from the musical 'BEFORE AFTER' - Hadley Fraser and Caroline Sheen

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 Review

Workshop 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

International productions: 

10 productions by Musical-za in Tokyo since 2014

Japanese Cast CD Recording 

Stuttgart production forthcoming