Weaver of dreams
Born in London in 1948, Andrew Lloyd Webber dropped out of Oxford after meeting Tim Rice in 1965. His musical hits include Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, Starlight Express and The Phantom Of The Opera. He is currently searching for a male lead for Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in the BBC series Any Dream Will Do. He is married for the thirdtime and has five children.
When were you happiest?
When I have a show going.
What is your greatest fear?
Heights — I get vertigo if I
What is your earliest memory?
Waking up in hospital when
I was about three and I’d had
Which living person do you most admire and why?
My wife, Madeleine. She’s a rock.
What is the trait you most
deplore in yourself?
What is the trait you most
deplore in others?
Aside from a property, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve ever bought?
The Picasso for my Foundation — £17m.
What is your most treasured possession?
Old programmes for shows I made up when I was a boy.
What would your super
Flying would be useful in central London
What makes you depressed?
Needless religious conflict.
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
I really don’t know, I don’t really care.
What is your most unappealing habit?
My wife says I can’t remember if she has milk in coffee.
What is your favourite smell?
Tobacco plants and jasmine.
What is your favourite word?
What is your favourite book?
The Good Food Guide.
What is your fancy dress
costume of choice?
Right now, a nun or a
Cat or dog?
Cats. I’ve a rare Turkish swimming cat.
What do you owe your parents?
From my mother, determination; from my father, melody.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Madeleine, and I’m very fond of my cat.
What was the best kiss of your life?
Last week — it was Madeleine again.
Have you ever said ‘I love you’ and not meant it?
To whom would you most like to say sorry and why?
Both my former wives:
I shouldn’t have wasted their time.
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Graham Norton, Stephen Fry, Theo Fennell, the jeweller, and
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
What is the worst job you’ve ever done?
Being a guest judge on the Grease casting show in the US in January — an atmosphere like a morgue.
What has been your biggest disappointment?
The first musical version of Jeeves.
If you could edit your past, what would you change?
How often do you have sex?
As frequently as I possibly can, which is about once a year.
What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
Owning Proserpine, by Rossetti.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
To bring a new audience to musical theatre.
What keeps you awake at night?
Worry about the next show.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
Sanctuary Of The Heart, by Ketelbey.
How would you like to be remembered?
For having continued the musical theatre tradition I love.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Not to take things too seriously.
Where would you most like to be right now?
At home with my cat.