Tim Rice

Tim Rice

Librettist, Lyricist


Sir Tim Rice is a prolific English lyricist, well known for his collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Elton John, and Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson amongst others.

Rice was born in Buckinghamshire in 1944 to army parents. He initially decided to pursue a career in the law but, after studying at the Sorbonne in Paris for a year, he left to take up a position as a management trainee at EMI Records in the mid-1960s. While working in the music industry, Rice began collaborating with Andrew Lloyd Webber. Their first musical, The Likes of Us (1965), would not be performed for forty years but they went on to write Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat in 1968. Originally written as a short piece, the pair expanded it into a full stage show and it became an instant hit. Rice and Lloyd Webber went on to write Jesus Christ Superstar, releasing it first as a concept album in 1970 and then evolving it into a stage show the following year. Their final collaboration occurred in 1976, with the stage production Evita. The musical was made into a film in 1996 with Madonna in the lead role of Eva Perón, winning the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “You Must Love Me”.

In 1984, Rice teamed up with former ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus to write the music for the musical, Chess. Again, this was written firstly as a concept album and, upon its critical success, the musical premiered in London in 1986. During the 1990s, Rice worked with Disney on a flurry of projects, including Aladdin (1992), The Lion King (1994), and the stage version of Beauty and the Beast (1994).

Rice was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1994 for his services to music. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and was named a Disney Legend in 2002. In 1999, Rice was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Shows by Tim Rice


At the Nile’s edge, the enslaved Nubian princess, Aida becomes romantically entangled with the Egyptian captain, Radames, who is betrothed to the Pharaoh’s daughter, Amneris. As their forbidden love grows deeper, Aida is forc... read more

Disney's Aladdin brings the famous movie to life, on stage. In Agrabah, City of Enchantment, every beggar has a story and every camel has a tail Aladdin, a kind but wily, street urchin, falls in love with beautiful Princess J... read more

Based on the smash hit 1991 Disney movie and dating back to a late 18th-century classic French fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast tells the story of Belle, a beautiful and intelligent young woman who feels out of place in her p... read more

˜Blondel' is a rock opera that tells the story of the 12th century minstrel Blondel who sets off around Europe to find King Richard, off on a Crusade, and stop the usurper of the throne, Prince John. But can he accomplish his... read more

Chess is used as a metaphor for romantic rivalries and the US-Soviet rivalry during the Cold War. The main characters form a love triangle: the ill-mannered American Grandmaster, the intense Russian champion who plans on defe... read more

Evita is based on the historical story of María Eva Duarte de Perón, a poor Argentinian girl who grows up to be the wife of the president of Argentina, worshipped by her people. As a young woman who longs for an acting career... read more

Jesus Christ Superstar tells the story of biblical Jesus in the final days leading up to his crucifixion. A rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, the musical has no spoken dialogue and is sometimes considered a mode... read more

The biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes alive in the musical retelling. Joseph -- the favorite son of Jacob -- is blessed with vivid dreams that foretell the future. Sold into slavery by his jealous bro... read more

Based on the 1994 Disney animated feature film of the same name and William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, The Lion King is the story of Simba, an adventurous and energetic lion cub who is next in line to be king of the Pride Lands, a... read more


United Kingdom
Show Categories
Drama, Comedy, Romance, Fairy Tale/Fantasy, Dark Comedy, Farce, Historical/Biographical