Sam studied English Literature at Cambridge University before training in Musical Theatre at the Academy
He is the writer, lyricist and composer of Miss Littlewood, a major new musical exploring the life story of Joan Littlewood, which opened at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in 2018.
His credits as a composer and lyricist include Vice Versa (composer/lyricist, RSC), A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Play for the Nation (composer, RSC); The Christmas Truce (composer/arranger/additional lyrics, RSC); Playing for Time (composer/lyricist/musical supervisor, Sheffield Crucible); The Borrowers (composer/lyricist, Northern Stage – Winner of Best Show for Children and Young People, UK Theatre Awards 2013); The Glass Slipper (composer/additional lyrics, Northern Stage); Best Friends and Butterflies (lyricist – Winner of Best Show for Young People at the 2000 Vivian Ellis Awards). Sam was commissioned by the BBC to write a verse-narration book for Kurt Weill and Ira Gershwin’s The Firebrand of Florence (Barbican Theatre/Capriccio Records).
His directing credits include How the Vote Was Won (Union Theatre) and Oh What a Lovely War (co-director, Northern Stage and national tour – nominated for Best Musical Production and Best Performances in a Musical TMA Awards 2011).
As musical supervisor, he has worked on The Glee Club (Cast, Doncaster); Close the Coalhouse Door (Northern Stage and national tour); Swallows and Amazons (Bristol Old Vic, West End and national tour); and Oh What A Lovely War (Northern Stage and national tour).
Performing credits include Merrily We Roll Along (Watermill Theatre); Amadeus (Wilton’s Music Hall); Sweeney Todd (Watermill Theatre and West End); Sunset Boulevard (Comedy Theatre, West End); As You Like It (Young Vic and Wyndham’s Theatre); Les Justes and Ion (Gate Theatre); Macbeth and The Othello Music (Battersea Arts Centre). He also appeared in the films Victoria & Abdul (Stephen Frears, 2017) and Venus (Roger Michell, 2006).