Toby Marlow
Marlow at the 75th Tony Awards in 2022
Marlow at the 75th Tony Awards in 2022
Born (1994-10-12) 12 October 1994 (age 29)
  • Composer
  • writer
  • actor
EducationAbingdon School
Robinson College, Cambridge
Notable worksSix
Hot Gay Time Machine
Notable awardsTony Award for Best Original Score (2022)

Toby Marlow (born 12 October 1994) is a British composer, writer, and actor best known for co-creating the international hit musical Six with Lucy Moss. Six received five Olivier Award nominations, including Best New Musical and Outstanding Achievement in Music.[1] Marlow and Moss went on to win the Tony Award for Best Original Score in 2022.[2]

Marlow is also co-creator of Hot Gay Time Machine, a musical comedy cabaret show directed by Lucy Moss, in which he co-stars with Zak Ghazi-Torbati .[3]

Early life and education

Marlow was born on 12 October 1994 to parents Helma and Andrew Marlow and was raised in Henley-on-Thames, England. He has two siblings: an older brother named Jasper and a younger sister named Annabel,[4][5] who later originated the role of Katherine Howard in Six at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.[6] Marlow's mother and maternal grandparents are Jewish.[7] He was a child actor from the ages of 9 to 14,[4] appearing in several films and on TV, including an appearance on ITV's Marple, in which he played a French boy with glasses.[8] Marlow's father is a professional musician, his grandfather also trained as an actor and his great-grandmother taught speech and drama.[9]

Marlow was educated at Abingdon School from 2008 to 2013,[10] and was a member of the Acorn Music Theatre Company in Henley.[11] He went on to study English at Robinson College at Cambridge University.[8] While at Cambridge, he was very active in the ADC Theatre scene, as both a performer and a composer.[12][13] According to Lucy Moss, their friendship "solidified" during the 2015 amateur student production of Rent at the ADC Theatre,[14] during which Marlow played the lead character Angel, and Moss was one of the dancers.[15]



Main article: Six (musical)

In 2017, Marlow co-composed and co-wrote the musical Six, produced by Kenny Wax.[16] The musical received positive reviews at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and went on to be performed in the West End in London.[17][4] On 28 July 2019, Marlow stepped into the role of Catherine Parr for two sold-out performances at London's Arts Theatre when a cast-wide illness struck and the show required a sixth performer.[18] Marlow, along with his collaborator Lucy Moss, signed with Warner Chappell Music in August 2019.[19] Six began previews on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on 13 February 2020 and was scheduled to open on 12 March 2020.[20] However, the show's opening night was delayed due to the closure of all Broadway theatres because of the COVID-19 pandemic.[21] Previews for the show resumed on 17 September 2021 and the official opening night occurred on 3 October 2021.

On 12 June 2022, Marlow became the first openly non-binary composer–lyricist to win a Tony Award, sharing the Tony Award for Best Original Score for Six with Moss.[2][22][23]


In 2022, Marlow and Moss were included in Time magazine's Time 100 Next list.[24]

Personal life

Marlow is non-binary[2][22][23] and gay.[8] Marlow uses he/him pronouns.[23]


Film and TV
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Agatha Christie's Marple: 4.50 from Paddington James Stoddard-West (TV Series), 1 episode: "Marple: 4.50 from Paddington"
2005 The Mistress of Spices Young Doug Film
Egypt Young Champollion (TV Series), 1 episode: "The Mystery of the Rosetta Stone"
2006 Silent Witness Stephen Owen (TV Series), 2 episodes: "Supernova" Part 1 and 2
2008 Senseless Young Eliott Film
2009 Shadows in the Sun Sam Film
2010 Ben Hur Young Messala (TV Series), 2 episodes[9]
Mongrels Death (Voice role) (TV Series), 1 episode: "Marion the Young Lover"

See also


  1. ^ Rooney, David (7 April 2019). "Olivier Awards 2019: Full Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 22 April 2022.
  2. ^ a b c Putnam, Leah (12 June 2022). "Six's Toby Marlow Makes History With Tony Win". Playbill. Retrieved 13 June 2022.
  3. ^ Button, Simon (14 December 2018). "Review – Hot Gay Time Machine at Trafalgar Studios 'leaves you wanting more'". Attitude. Retrieved 22 April 2022.
  4. ^ a b c Nathan, John (1 April 2019). "Hit Musical Six Creators Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss talk making Henry VIII's wives into pop stars". Evening Standard.
  5. ^ "Divorce, beheaded, live: Henry VIII's six wives". Henley Standard. 8 January 2018. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  6. ^ Beswick, Emily (9 September 2017). "Six at the Fringe review – "the best hour of comedy I saw all week"". Cherwell. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  7. ^ David, Keren (6 September 2018). "We wrote a musical during our it's on in the West End". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  8. ^ a b c Crompton, Sarah (16 January 2020). "With Six, Playwrights Lucy Moss and Toby Marlow Dramatize the Tudor Dynasty—One Power Ballad at a Time". Vogue. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  9. ^ a b "Dad and talented teenagers have great expectations of acting together". Henley Standard. 30 September 2013.
  10. ^ "Guys and Dolls". Abingdon School.
  11. ^ "Theatre group returns with six Grimm tales". Henley Standard. 21 June 2021. Retrieved 22 April 2022.
  12. ^ Petkovic, Timothy (5 October 2017). "Review: Hot Gay Time Machine". The Tab.
  13. ^ Heppenstall-West, Luke (27 November 2015). "Review: CUADC/Footlights Panto – Robin Hood". The Tab.
  14. ^ "'I have really intense memories of the ADC and it being the beginning of a lifelong friendship'". CAM. 20 November 2020. Retrieved 27 April 2022.
  15. ^ "Rent (2015)". Camdram. Retrieved 27 April 2022.
  16. ^ "Toby Marlow". Six The Musical. Archived from the original on 2 August 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  17. ^ Worsley, Lucy (23 January 2019). "Lucy Worsley on the musical Six: 'It's Hamilton for the 16th century". The Times.
  18. ^ Fierberg, Ruthie (29 July 2019). "Six Composer Toby Marlow Steps in at Sold-Out Shows After Cast Illnesses". Playbill. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  19. ^ Wild, Stephi (9 August 2019). "Six Writers Lucy Moss and Toby Marlow Sign With Warner Music". BroadwayWorld.
  20. ^ Petski, Denise (1 August 2019). "Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss Hit Musical Six Heads To Broadway In 2020". Deadline Hollywood.
  21. ^ Dex, Robert (13 March 2020). "Six the Musical: Broadway opening night for West End transfer cancelled as coronavirus causes theatres to go dark". Evening Standard. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  22. ^ a b White, Abbey (12 June 2022). "Tony Awards: Six Co-Creator Toby Marlow Becomes First Nonbinary Composer-Lyricist to Win Best Score". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 13 June 2022.
  23. ^ a b c McDougall, AJ (12 June 2022). "Six Composer Becomes First Openly Non-Binary Person to Win a Tony". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 13 June 2022.
  24. ^ Mendez II, Moises (28 September 2022). "Lucy Moss and Toby Marlow are on TIME100 Next 2022". Time. Retrieved 10 November 2022.