John Keats was a poet, not a lyricist.

But now, he can be both.

After more than a decade of historical research and composition, a new idea in musical theatre is becoming reality. Meet Keats The Musical and fall in love as a true romantic would do.

Listen now to “When I Have Fears”

The Project

There is music in every word.

As Keats once said, words have their own melody. The composer Álvaro Nascimento Vieira truly lived this concept when he brought music to some of John Keats’s poems. The result is a marvelous musical project with every song created from Keats’s work, and having his own life story as the plot.

We are, right now, looking for people (producers, directors, sponsors) who can take us from here to our destination: the West End.

In this pursuit of “fame and fortune”, we’ve achieved good things already. For example, to celebrate the bicentenary of John Keats’s death, Keats House Museum invited the composer to perform some songs from the musical at an event in London – originally for 2020, and now, for as soon as the pandemic is over! We are all very excited and hoping that this could be a very important first step towards a West End full production someday. Fingers crossed.

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Here are a few songs from the musical arranged in the simplest way: just one instrument and the voice. These are only demo songs and we truly plan/hope/believe that they will all be fully orchestrated soon.

Note: if you are a supporter, you will have access to detailed information about the songs and their context in the story.

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Are you Keats-inspired?

If so, here is a wide variety of articles from special guest writers written exclusively for Keats The Musical. Read them and explore the world of John Keats through poetry, music, medicine, fantasy and reality.

About us

We are not a company, with budget or investors. But “we” are not just one individual anymore. As the composer described his musical idea to friends and acquaintances, help naturally came, quite often in the form of high-quality work with no cost at all. Blessed human beings!

Although we thank everyone, these below are what we consider The Team, being the people working on a regular basis and deeply connected to the whole project.

Please note: if you have talents that could develop further this project – and are happy to work voluntarily – please drop us a line and we may find a position for you.

Álvaro Vieira

Álvaro Vieira

Composer and writer. Does whatever it takes to keep the project going, which includes annoying people. Sometimes, writes songs.

Luísa Fioravante

Office Assistant. Does all the important and necessary work that the composer can’t do – about 99%. She is the one, not him.

Anita Miller

Anita Miller

A friend and Keats specialist who leads walks on the life of John Keats in London. She always has the best ideas to help us (well, not always).

Cesar Benzoni

Cesar Benzoni

Amazing guitar player and multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer, with endless nights dedicated to making music instead of sleeping.

Tamar Zhghenti

Tamar Zhghenti

Marketing Director. Like Keats, she is also an ex-doctor who abandoned medicine to pursue her love for English Language and Literature.

Tim Grayson

Tim Grayson

Producer. Romantic poetry aficionado with a passion for creating alluring and interactive literary experiences for diverse audiences. Also a poet, apparently.

Benedetta Carrara

Benedetta Carrara

Having published a play about Keats at the age of just 20, she is working with the composer in the challenging task of developing the script for the musical.

Tiago Rosa

Tiago Rosa

Designer. Works his magic – and exercises his patience – in adjusting every part of our website for hundreds of different devices and resolutions.


If you are a multi-millionaire, please give us one of your millions and we can stop asking. Mankind is waiting.

But, if you’re not a millionaire, we’ll be glad if you could contribute any amount. Remember that we are independent musicians with much more hope than money. We really need your help to make this happen.

Please consider making a donation and becoming a supporter!

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