The Bakewell Bake Off

Full-Length Musical, Comedy

by The Baking Committee

Take seven eager contestants, three feuding judges and one
bewildered hostess, add flour eggs and sugar, and mix together in a small
village. A hilarious musical comedy.

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The Bakewell Bake Off


The small English village of Bakewell, Derbyshire is holding its annual baking competition, under the watchful eye of the chair of The Bakewell Baking Committee, Victoria Sponge. The eclectic group of contestants, including a local postman, a German transsexual and a nun, are each hoping that their baking skills will impress the judges. Judging the competition are the owners of the three village bakeries, each of whom claim to have the original recipe for the world-famous Bakewell Tart: Eton boy Hugh Dripp with his family’s Almond Topped Bakewell Tart; sweet and innocent Susie Sunflower with her Bakewell Pudding recipe; and finally, Griselda Pratt-Dewhurst, head of the Parish Council, with her Iced Topped Cherry Bakewell. This feud has gone on for generations, but this year the Bakewell Baking Committee has received a letter from Professor Lesley Kugelhumpf of the European Union, explaining that there can no longer be three recipes for "The Bakewell". He decrees that a second round must be added to the competition, to resolve the matter once and for all. The ensuing combination of hilarious songs, baking disasters and even a little audience participation is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

This show started as a college project at Guildford School of Acting (University of Surrey). Inspired by the great British tradition of village Bake Offs, eleven writers worked together to create this feel-good musical about cake.

The success of the show’s first run at the GSA led to a London engagement at the Waterloo East Theatre in August 2013.

At the beginning of October 2013, having completed their training at GSA, the writers began their professional careers at the Landor Theatre, performing the musical they wrote.

GRISELDA PRATT-DEWHURST - Leader of the Parish Council (Judge)

HENRIETTA APFELSTRUDEL - A German Transsexual (Contestant)

TINA TARTIN - The "Original Bakewell Tart" (Contestant)

HUGH DRIPP - Eton Boy (Judge)

FLORA DRIZZLE - Chemist (Contestant)

SISTER MARY - Nun (Contestant)

SUSIE SUNFLOWER - Owner of the Suncake Bakery (Judge)

HOLLY BERRY - Christmas Lover (Contestant)

VICTORIA SPONGE - Head of the Bakewell Baking Committee

FREDDIE TWIST - Postman (Contestant)

PRADEEPTA SMITH - Doctor (Contestant)

HERBIE BATON-BURG - Pianist (Throughout the musical he never speaks)


Music Samples

1. ''In Bakewell'' - Victoria Sponge
2. ''The Bakewell Anthem'' - Company
3. ''I Will Rise'' - Contestants
4. ''The Original Bakewell Tart'' - Tina Tartin
5. ''I Love Christmas'' - Holly Berry & Company
6. ''Henrietta's Lieder'' - Henrietta Apfelstrudel
7. ''Let Me Fit In'' - Pradeepta Smith
8. ''I Won't Give In'' - Judges
9. ''How Do I Feel?'' - Contestants
10. ''In Bakewell (Reprise)'' - Victoria Sponge & Company
11. ''Science of Baking'' - Flora Drizzle
12. ''When We Find Our Tart'' - Company
13. ''We Might Fall In Love'' - Susie Sunflower, Freddie Twist
14. ''The Future of Bakewell'' - Company
15. ''Bake Your Way To Heaven'' - Sister Mary
16. ''I Bake'' - Company
17. ''Recipe For Success'' - Company

Full Orchestration


  • Musical StyleJazz, Contemporary Broadway
  • Dance RequirementsMinimal
  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Orchestra SizePiano Only
  • Chorus SizeMedium


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The Baking Committee

The Baking Committee was originally formed from a group of MA Musical Theatre students from Guildford School of Acting. They were tasked to write an original musical in just 3 weeks as a final project at the end of the course - this was THE BAKEWELL BAKEOFF. As the show grew ...
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