Beginning with Nick Bicat's first commission (at age 19) for the Castle Theatre in Farnham, Surrey, word-of-mouth led to further work in theatres all round the UK, including Nottingham Playhouse (for Richard Eyre - The Cherry Orchard), the National Theatre (for David Hare - Plenty, Pravda, King Lear) and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (for John Barton - The Greeks). Nick Bicat's opera The Knife (book & lyrics by David Hare and Tim Rose-Price) was premiered at Joseph Papp's Theatre in New York in 1987 (nominated for Best Musical Score in the New York Drama Desk Awards). A stage musical Peer Gynt (version & lyrics by Adrian Mitchell) was commissioned and produced by the Oxford Playhouse, as was All’s Well (book and lyrics by Tony Bicat); this was nominated for the Ivor Novello Award. Elvira Madigan, originally commissioned by the Malmö Stadtsteater, Sweden in 1991 has since been remounted with new productions in Norway, Hungary, Germany, Italy and most recently at the Riksteater Theatre Stockholm in September 1995. An English version is in preparation, as is Talk to Me (an improvisatory comic opera, book & lyrics by John Gardyne).