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Luke Bateman studied composition and Twentieth Century Music under professor Martin Butler at the University of Sussex and voice at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. A versatile composer, Luke has written for tv, stage, the big screen and many, many songs. His works have been performed in the West End, New York, and extensively across the UK and USA . His main collaborator is Michael Conley with whom he has written 4 musicals: The Little Beasts, The Sorrows of Satan, The Fabulist Fox Sister, and Personality and whom he has a cabaret act with:
Luke is the composer and co-writer of Oi Frog! and Friends which is touring the UK 2019-2020 after a 2 month run in the West End at the Lyrics Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. The show was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Family Show.
In 2021 Luke starred in a filmed production of The Sorrows of Satan. Streaming a live recording from Brocket Hall.
In 2020 The Fabulist Fox Sister (book & lyrics by Michael Conley) was streamed live from the Southwark Playhouse, London. It was subsequently re released in January 2021.
2019 - Bateman & Conley Together Again for the First and Last Time played 2 sell out nights at The Crazy Coqs, Piccadilly.
Recent musical director credits include The Nightingales by William Gaminara, directed by Christopher Luscombe, starring Ruth Jones and produced by Jenny Topper and Theatre Royal Bath.
The Little Beasts was chosen by Andrew Lloyd Webber to be his first work-in-progress showing at his new theatre 'The Other Palace'. Perfect Pitch produced a 3 week run in July 2017.
The Sorrows of Satan played at the Tristan Bates Theatre, Covent Garden 14th Feb - 25th of March 2017.
Broadway and West End producer Kenny Wax commissioned Luke to write with Richy Hughes and Pins and Needles productions to adapt the book Mr Popper's Penguins into a musical which toured the UK 2015/16 and toured again starting on 42nd Street, New York at the New Victory Theatre and ending in the West End at the Criterion Theatre, Piccadilly. It had 2 productions in the U.S.A in 2017. One in Seattle for 2 months and another touring production from September 2017 - April 2018. 2018-2019 productions include Glasgow and Minneapolis.
With Katy Darby he has written 5 musicals and many numbers for the cabaret act 'Beauty and the Bitch'. Luke and Katy won the MMD (Mercury Musical Development) 'Sounds of England' award in 2010 and had Bachelor Boys and Lord Byron's Mistress staged at the Jermyn Street Theatre.
With Mary Evans he has won three song writing awards leading to a new musical commission for Iris Theatre, Covent Garden. Their original musical H.R.Haitch - From Barking to Buckingham showcased in May 2015 and then had a full production at the Union Theatre in London 9th May - 2nd June 2018.
Luke made his West End debut in the company and as assistant MD in 'A Chorus of Disapproval' at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Directed by Sir Trevor Nunn.
Luke is currently part of the BML (Book, Music, Lyrics) writers programme and is also a professional writer member of MMD.