2022 so far, and my upcoming Young Vic production!

It has been a long while since I’ve last posted. The last year or so has been tough for all of us, and have fallen behind a little with the website. For more recently personal posts, please go to my Twitter and Instagram handle which is @ruthchanmusic for both.

It has been an interesting 2022 so far. Earlier in June, I has the privilege to work on one of the official Jubilee pageant ‘shows’ which was on The Hatchling (premiered in 2021); involving a giant dragon puppet, a dancer and recording a beautiful soprano (Angela Hicks).

Then in August, after a 2 year delay due to you know what…, Doncastrian Chalk Circle, a new musical theatre adaptation of Brecht’s classic play, a National Theatre Public Acts productions with Cast from Doncaster, was performed for the Bank holiday weekend with a community and professional cast of over a hundred, along with local performing groups: CARLTON MAIN FRICKLEY COLLIERY BAND, All That Jazz, South Yorkshire’s Drag queen Miss Smoochie and members of Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus. It was an absolute joy and privilege to work on; an experience I’ll never forget.

I have various things brewing and developing in my creative pot atm. But my next show will be Further than the Furthest Thing by Zinnie Harris at the Young Vic in spring 2023: https://www.youngvic.org/whats-on/further-than-the-furthest-thing I can’t wait! x

Lockdown update

Hello world

I thought I’d give a little update of what I’ve been up to since before and during lockdown.
So all my upcoming shows have been postponed to 2021 – no surprises there. The international tour of ‘Taming of the Shrew’ (RSC) had to be cancelled and the plans to tour ‘Madam Butterfly’ (Opera Up Close) again for later this year/early 2021 were stopped which is all rather sad.

But I have been continuing to develop various projects, for theatre and for film. Hopefully I can share some good news soon but in the meantime, I’m staying fairly quiet from social media due to my current situation (sad personal reasons) and to protect my health; but I have been digesting the recent campaign of #BlackLivesMatter, educating myself further to become a better advocate in the future.

Here is a ‘Artist in Quarantine’ blog I wrote for Genesis Foundation a while back (but only coming out now) who kindly supported me when I was on the National Theatre’s Music Theatre Group back in 2018/19:

Genesis Foundation – Artists in Quarantine – Ruth Chan

Please take care of yourselves in these unprecedented worryingly times and stay safe

Bye for now



Aesop Fables @ Unicorn Theatre


A little quick update that I’m currently composing a little musical for 4-7 year olds as part of the Aesop Fables production at Unicorn Theatre. I’m working on the story called Frankie and the Crow by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig. Do come and join us. It opens from 16th June until August.


The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Taming of the Shrew has recently done their live screening which was an amazing experience. It’ll now continue to perform at Stratford until end of August which is then tour in the UK

Bye for now!


RSC – Taming of the Shrew


I’ve been a little behind in updating my website the past few months, there’s been a period of developing some exciting projects.

Most recently, I have been working on a new production of Taming of the Shrew with the RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company). We are in tech at the moment- it really has been a very exciting and fun production on work on. It opens on Fri 8th March at Stratford Upon Avon for a few months then tours in the UK, including at the Barbican in London: https://www.rsc.org.uk/the-taming-of-the-shrew/

I’ve also written a little blog about female Italian Renaissance composers and my process of composing for this production:


Hopefully more news soon. Bye for now!


Grimeborn 2018 & Pittsburgh Opera Festival

Hi all!

It’s been a fantastic few months. First I was selected as one of the three semi-finalist composers for Pittsburgh Opera Festival’s Fight for the Right project – a global commissioning competition for female composer and librettist teams to create original music dramas inspired by themes of girls and women transforming their lives through education. My piece is called Between Constellations, and fingers crossed on getting selected!

After workshopping this in July, we are now bringing this particular piece to Grimeborn Opera Festival as part of the Mosaic Opera Collective Showcase!  My other opera piece ‘Rain’ will also be included. Do come along to any of the performances between 16-19th August at Arcola Theatre:


More exciting news to come soon! 🙂

Bye for now!



Mountains in London

Hi all

As ‘Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok’ completes its run at the Royal Exchange in Manchester, I can only say, do not fret! The production is now transferring to Stratford Circus performing 18-21 April
Mountains: Stratford Circus

Afterwards, it’ll tour nationally to the following venues:
Tues 24 to Wed 25 April 7.30pm, Wed matinee 2pm
Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1QR
Box Office: 01284 769505

Fri 27 to Sat 28 April 7.45pm, Sat matinee 2.30pm
21 Kingland Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1UG
Box Office: 01202 280 000

Tues 1 to Wed 2 May, 7.30pm
Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF
Box Office: 01733 207 239

Sat 5 May 7.30pm
Addington Street, Margate, CT9 1PW
Box Office: 01843 292 795

Thurs 10 to Sat 12 May 7.30pm, Sat matinee 2.30pm
15 Theatre Walk, St Peter’s Quarter, Derby, DE1 2NF
Box Office: 01332 59 39 39

Wed 16 to Sat 19 May 7.30pm, Sat matinee 2.30pm
20 Clarendon Road, Watford, WD17 1JZ
Box Office: 01923 225 671

Mon 21 to Wed 23 May 7.45pm,
55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA
Box Office: 0114 249 6000

Thurs 24 to Fri 25 May 7.330pm
Beaumont Street, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3LS
Box Office: 01434 652 477

Wed 30 May to Sat 2 June
Belgrade Square, Coventry, CV1 1GS
Box Office: 024 7655 3055

Hope to see you there!

Ruth x

Pittsburgh Opera Festival 2018

I am delighted to announce that I have recently been selected as a semi-finalist composer for Pittsburgh Opera Festival’s new opera competition ‘Fight for the Right’ focusing on themes of women’s education. I will be presenting an extract of my opera ‘Three’ in July at Pittsburgh Opera Festival. I am incredibly excited about this and can’t wait to update you more soon!

Bye for now!

Ruth x

Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok


I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be composing new music for theatre production ‘Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok’, a Royal Exchange Theatre, Yellow Earth and Black Theatre Live co-production. It’s based on the memoir ‘Sweet Mandarin’ by Helen Tse and a story that resonates within the British Chinese community.

It’ll be performing 22 Mar – 7 April at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, then touring nationally.
To book tickets, please go to:


    For further into on dates of the tour, please go to:


      It’s all really exciting! Do check on my twitter account for more updates: @RuthChanMusic

      Hope to see you there! 🙂

      Bye for now!


Miss Moneypenny’s Prom@Birmingham Symphony Hall

Hello world!

I’ll next be performing at the Birmingham Symphony Hall on ‘Miss Moneypenny’s Night at the Prom’. I’m incredibly excited about it – I get the chance help arrange some of the score, to play lots of synthy sounds, relive my youth and play at the Birmingham Symphony Hall (one of my favourite venues when growing up) all at once!


Unfortunately, it’s so popular that it sold out!! More updates on this soon. Do go on my twitter feed: @ruthchanmusic and facebook page: www.facebook.com/ruthchanmusic/ for regular updates!

Bye for now!


The Stage Debut Awards

Hi all!

Just a quick note today to say that I’m delighted to have been nominated for the Stage’s Debut Awards Best Composer category for my work on RSC’s ‘Snow in Midsummer’ earlier this year. There’s some exciting artists in the nominated list, and so thrilled that I’ll be amongst them; take a look below!


Keep your fingers crossed for me and do vote for The Joe Allen Best West End Debut Award, lots of great names to choose from including John Boyega, Antony Boyle and Amber Riley: https://www.thestage.co.uk/vote-best-west-end-debut/