"LEOE&HYDE ARE A FORMIDABLE PARTNERSHIP" - THE REVIEWS HUB
leoe&hyde are a musical theatre company specialising in original productions. The company was set up in 2017 by composer Stephen Hyde and writer Leoe Mercer. Since then, their work has been featured on Sky News, The Guardian, The i, The Sunday Times.
In 2017, we debuted with our genre-bending mashup The Marriage of Kim K at the Arcola, before a fringe tour where it won Best Show at Birminghamfest and the John Beecher Award at the Buxton Fringe, and received a nomination for Best Fringe Show at the Manchester Theatre Awards. It garnered international attention on Sky News, USA Today, The Hollywood Reporter, The Guardian, The i, The Sunday Times and in many other publications. It is currently being developed into a full-length show for its Australian premiere in May 2019, and will subsequently tour the UK, beginning at The Lowry in November 2019.
In 2018, our second musical, the electronic rom-com GUY, premiered at Hope Mill Theatre and The Bunker, before transferring to The King’s Head Theatre, and will go on tour in February 2020.
"STEPHEN HYDE'S MUSICAL SCORE IS SERIOUSLY IMPRESSIVE... THESE SONGS ARE NOT JUST CATCHY, BUT CLEVER TOO" - BROADWAY WORLD
Leo Mercer and Stephen Hyde met in 2014, whilst working independently on writing, directing and producing a wide range of productions. They combined forces with shared aims of creating truly 21st musical theatre, with an eye for real life characters, an ear for new sounds, and a taste for the sexier side of the zeitgeist.
As a theatre producer, Leo Mercer is supported by the Stage One Bursary. As musical theatre writers, Leo and Stephen are part of the Musical Theatre Network's BEAM Follow-Spot Writers Programme.
"LEO MERCER IS A GREAT LYRICIST; NOT ONLY ARE HIS WORDS MEMORABLE, THEY ARE AUDACIOUS."
So far our work includes the genre-bending mashup The Marriage of Kim K, and, the electronic rom-com GUY, and the millenial pop-musical Queueue: A Coffee Shop Musical. Our interests include immersive theatre and VR; electronic music and sampling in musical theatre; and pop culture and sci-fi as subject matters.
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The Marriage of Kim K: The Inspirations
Follow our epic playlist of tracks that influenced leoe&hyde's genre-bending The Marriage of Kim K. Drawing upon everything from classical to classic rock, PC music to minimalism, 90s tuuuunes to current chart-toppers!
KEEPING UP WITH LEOE&HYDE
Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for regular updates. In addition, you can check out clips from our Kardashian-inspired web-series about being a writing duo from last year! Here's a trailer for Series 2, created by Ayup Productions. It told the dramatic backstory of our preparations for our national tour of The Marriage of Kim K (the background music is part of a demo from the musical).