Geoffrey Rush is set to play composer and lyricist Lionel Bart for the musical feature “Consider Yourself” at BBC Films. Bart wrote the score for “Oliver!,” the legendary musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist”.
Bart was an untrained musician who couldn’t read or write music and yet became the first person to have three West End musicals running and at one point was earning more in song royalties than the Beatles. Even so, he still managed to lose it all.
Vadim Jean directs the project which boasts a superb British cast including Stephen Fry, Olivia Colman, Eddie Marsan, Matt Lucas, Michelle Dockery and Al Weaver. Award-winning composer Elliot Davis penned the script while Jean and Paul Brooks are producing.