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Laurence started his career as an actor in which he took part in various plays, musicals and recordings. It was while performing in Les Misérables that he was asked to direct his first musical, A Slice of Saturday Night, which played for a one-night charity gala at the Liverpool Empire Theatre. Since then Laurence has worked as resident director on the award-winning production of The King and I at the London Palladium, which went on to a national UK tour that Laurence assisted in the direction of. It was from here that he went on to become the associate director of The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London. Laurence was asked to direct a new version of the classic musical Miss Saigon for a national UK tour, which toured successfully and received critical acclaim for two years, winning the Manchester Evening News Award for Best Touring Musical. He has gone on to direct this same production in Korea, winning awards for Best New Foreign Production and Best Ensemble in a Musical, and a tour of Australia, for which he won the Green Room Award for Best Director of a Musical. Laurence also worked alongside Rupert Goold as the Associate Director of Oliver! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
Credits include: Jesus Christ Superstar (UK and Australian Arena Tour), the entirely new stage production of The Phantom of the Opera (UK Tour), Oliver! (UK Tour) and the new version of Miss Saigon (UK Tour and Worldwide). Laurence is also the Co-Director of the new version of Les Misérables (Broadway, Worldwide). He directed the 25th Anniversary concert of The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall and the 25th Anniversary concert of Les Misérables at the O2 in London both of which were simultaneously broadcast in cinemas worldwide and subsequently released on DVD.
DVD credits include: Jesus Christ Superstar (World Arena Tour), The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary Concert (Royal Albert Hall), Les Misérables (O2 Arena).
Awards include: Miss Saigon – UK/Manchester Evening News Award for Best Touring Musical, Korea/Best New Foreign Production and Best Ensemble in a Musical, Australia/The Green Room Award for Best Director of a Musical; Les Misérables – UK/Best Musical at the Manchester Evening News Awards. Forthcoming productions for 2014 include: Les Misérables (Australia) and Miss Saigon (London).