Neil Bastian

Musical theatre writer

"Justly recognised by the gods of musical theatre for his alchemical hook-making."
Buchan & Barne - Two Strangers (Carry a Cake Across New York)


I'm a songwriter and librettist, based in London and Wales. My shows include:


The Rise and Fall of Vinnie & Paul was named one of the top 5 musicals of 2023/24 by Music Theatre International.

Wheatfield with Crows was one of the 12 finalists for the Stiles+Drewe Best New Song Prize 2022.

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Contact me

For commissions, co-writing, or anything else:


Listen to my song-by-song interview.


"Very accomplished... there's a great palpable energy in this show...  very strong and moving. I'd produce it - 18/20. "
Music Theatre International award panel on 'Vinnie & Paul' - more judges' praise

"Neil's talent at writing earworms is unparalleled..."
Hilmi Jaidin - My Neighbour Totoro, Shift+Alt+Right

"I cannot wait for what will happen next with the show. It needs a fully staged production..."
Tyrone Baptiste of Curtain Call Reviews on 'Vinnie & Paul'. Read the review.


I'm a member of BML and Mercury Musical Developments.  

My songs have been sung all over the West End:

  • Above the Arts
  • Crazy Coqs
  • Iris Theatre
  • Phoenix Arts Club
  • Seven Dials Playhouse
  • Soho Theatre
  • The Other Palace