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The Really Useful Group Ltd (RUG) was founded in 1977 by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is wholly owned by him.

Founded in 1977, The Really Useful Group exists to bring the work of Andrew Lloyd Webber to the world. We manage his complete catalogue including theatrical and symphonic works, a requiem mass and countless rock and pop songs.

The Really Useful Group was also key in developing the casting by television format and has licensed numerous copyrights to be exploited in this way, introducing a new, younger, generation to musical theatre. The pioneering BBC show How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? won an International Emmy, a Royal Television Society Award and drew nearly 8 million UK viewers. The format is now global, with theatre stars discovered through TV casting in Germany, Holland, Belgium, Canada and China.

Theatre and Concert Production

The Really Useful Theatre Company has produced and co-produced over 40 shows in the West End and on Broadway. Productions have won the industry’s most prestigious awards and broken new ground in musical theatre production.

Amateur Licensing

The Really Useful Group licenses many shows to thousands of schools, community groups and amateur societies worldwide, with over 100,000 people participating every year. We are active in the development of our shows for this exciting new growth area of the market.


Really Useful Records has produced original cast recordings of all the hit shows of Andrew Lloyd Webber since the 1980s, as well as compilations and film soundtracks, selling over 40 million copies in leading markets in every major language.

As a producer of recorded music, Really Useful Records is a repertoire and copyright owner and has also engaged in recording albums with individual artists – most successfully with Sarah Brightman, Connie Fisher and Lee Mead.


Andrew Lloyd Webber’s shows have been produced for the big screen and home entertainment since 1973, with Really Useful Films Ltd set up in 1985 to manage in-house filming of our copyrights. Two major motion pictures have been released and over 17 million DVDs of 8 films have been sold since 1996. In 2011 a live cinema relay of the 25th anniversary performance of The Phantom of the Opera was the biggest alternative cinema event ever.

Music Publishing

The Really Useful Group is proud to represent the Andrew Lloyd Webber publishing catalogue which includes some of the world’s finest show scores and over 500 individual songs. We partner with the best multi-national companies to exploit the catalogue in every corner of the world.


Really Useful Group brands are instantly recognisable throughout the world on a wide range of licensed products like clothing, mugs, and brochures.

Our online store [link] offers over 400 product lines, including high-value collectables, to a vast global network of fans whilst products sold in-theatre enhance the enjoyment and take-home message for our customers.


The Really Useful Group has a broad global reach to fans of the productions, television shows, films and music via 9 international show websites, this site and

We sell over 100,000 tickets in the UK every year through digital gateways and over half a million people are active in our social media space.

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