ABBEY WOOD SE2
Gary Watson - Course Director
Jersey Boys, A Chorus Line, Matilda, Les Miserables
Hayley Love - Head of Dance
Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Streetdance
Chris Stoddart - Head of Musical Theatre
Recent cast Jersey Boys, West End
Dance & Musical Theatre Tutor
Dance & Musical Theatre Tutor
Head of Acting
West End & Broadway Star
West End & Broadway Producer
Our visiting West End tutors this year include:
Recently starred in THE BOOK OF MORMON in London's West End.
JERSEY BOYS (West End), HAIRSPRAY (West End), GREASE (international), WIRE IN THE BLOOD (TV)
PASSION (West End - Olivier Award winner), LES MISERABLES (West End) JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Regent's Park Theatre London)
Laurence is an award winning composer and lyricist working in musical theatre. His work has been seen all over the world, including the internationally acclaimed hit musical TOMORROW MORNING (off-Broadway 2011, nominated for an Outer Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical, Winner Chicago Jeff Awards Best Musical 2009) which has now played on four continents in five languages including major productions in London, New York, Chicago, Tokyo, Lisbon, Melbourne and Seoul. The show premiered in London in 2006 and currently has three cast recordings available, from the UK, USA and German original casts. New productions of the show are currently underway in the USA, Europe and the far east.
His other shows are MIDNIGHT co-written with Tim Knapman, which recently premiered in Seoul, Korea; DANNY HERO also with Tim, which ran at the Core Theatre in Corby in 2016; THROUGH THE DOOR which was seen in the West End in 2008 starring Julie Atherton and Paul Keating and has also seen major international productions; GROWL! his new show with Tim Knapman is being developed by NYMT in 2018 for an anticipated UK premiere in 2019. In 2017 he wrote the musical EXTRAORDINARY for the BBC's Children in Need commissioned by the University of Central Lancashire.
He recently composed the score for the new British feature film Last Laugh, written by and starring John Godber. He has also written music for Nickelodeon. His songs are regularly performed by artists around the world.
Laurence has taught/lectured in musical theatre at most of London's major drama schools and colleges including Arts Ed, Mountview, MTA, LSMT, Royal Academy of Musical, and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, specialising in song performance, audition technique and acting-through-song and as a musical director.
In 2001, Claire founded Theatre Street Performing Arts, a not-for-profit social enterprise organisation dedicated to bringing performing arts classes, opportunities and experiences to young people. TSPA has grown to now receive over 400 visits a week and providing classes in ballet, jazz, tap, street, lyricial, acro, drama, singing and much more.
TSPA moved into The Link when it opened in 2012 and has continued to go from strength to strength, and in 2014 TSPA College was founded, which has since evolved into the LCPA under the stewardship of Gary Watson. Claire continues to oversee the college alongside remaining the director of TSPA and the Performing Arts Centre at The Link.
Claire's professional career as a dancer and choreographer took her all over the world, and she has been a qualified dance teacher for over twenty years.
TSPA has become on of the leading dance schools in the south east, and her Elite Dance Team regularly performs and/or competes in major dance competitions in the UK.
Gary is one of the West End's leading actors working in musical theatre.
His principal roles in London have included Marius in Les Miserables (Queen's Theatre), Nick Massi in Jersey Boys (Piccadilly Theatre), Rudolpho in the original cast of Matilda (Cambridge Theatre), Don & Zach in A Chorus Line (London Palladium) and roles in Evita (Adelphi) and Saturday Night Fever (Palladium) and the national tour of CATS as the Rum Tum Tugger.
This summer he will return to the West End in the original cast of the new musical adaptation of Baz Lurhmann's Strictly Ballroom at the Piccadilly Theatre, a show which Gary appeared in with the original cast in Toronto in 2017.
Gary guest teaches all over the world in the field of Musical Theatre, and he joined the college in 2015 and now directs the full programme on offer at LCPA.