Jon Hare is a writer and composer who has worked in the theatre and live events industry for over fifteen years, since retraining at London's Central School of Speech and Drama. Born and bred in Essex, he now lives in Chelmsford, and works at Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
He is currently researching and writing the book, music, and lyrics for a new folk musical, With Courage, celebrating and commemorating the history, stories, and sacrifices of our life-saving coastal and inland communities. After a 2021 workshop at Colchester's Mercury Theatre, and further sessions planned at Lighthouse Arts Centre in Poole, the show plans to tour in 2024, the bicentenary of the RNLI.
His Christmas family musical, The First Chris Moose, is awaiting production following a cast demo recording at Hornchurch's Queen's Theatre in 2021. It tells the story of Chris, a fun-loving teenage moose forced to abandon his homeland and seek refuge with a secret network rumoured to bring happiness to children all around the world once every year.
Other shows include Never Again, inspired by events from WW1, an 80s jukebox musical called Charming, set 25 years after the failed marriage of Prince Charming and Cinderella, and a semi-autobiographical show called Keeping The Dream Alive.
Jon also works as a freelance consultant to other lyricists from around the world, specialising in helping those for whom English is not their first language.