In 2010, London Classic Theatre celebrated ten years on tour. We launched as a touring company in April 2000, our production of David Mamet’s Oleanna opening in the 130-seat studio at Harrow Arts Centre.
It has been a fascinating journey. Since that first appearance, we have performed to over 300,000 people at more than 150 theatres and arts centres around the UK and Ireland. Our aim, expressed in the original mission statement, has always been to produce challenging, accessible drama for audiences in London and the regions. To offer our work to venues of all scales and sizes, from arts centres and studio spaces to No. 1 and repertory theatres. To build and maintain relationships with these venues, and most importantly, to produce theatre of the highest quality. At the very start, we had no contacts in the regions at all. We have never received any funding or sponsorship for our work. Often we have pulled through a given year, or production, literally by the skin of our teeth. But year by year, things have progressed and the number of the venues booking our work has increased.
As well as presenting a range of popular, modern classic drama with productions such as Look Back in Anger, Entertaining Mr Sloane and Abigail’s Party, we have staged new translations of two 18th Century comedies, The Game of Love and Chance and The Double Inconstancy by Marivaux. We have also been delighted to produce two UK premières, Hugh Leonard’s Love in the Title and Joanna Murray-Smith’s Nightfall. In 2011, our Modern Takes season of classic European drama featured Patrick Marber’s After Miss Julie and Ibsen’s Ghosts in a new version by Frank McGuinness.
Our tenth anniversary was a significant milestone, an opportunity to look back on past achievements. It was also a time to appreciate the continued support of the theatres who book us and the work of the many talented, committed individuals who have contributed to the adventure. As we look to the future with enthusiasm and confidence, without question, the biggest thanks of all should go to our audience, many of whom have supported us loyally through the last decade and certainly without whom we would not have come this far. We look forward to seeing you in 2013 and beyond.
Michael Cabot is the founder and Artistic Director of London Classic Theatre.
He studied Drama at Swansea University and trained on the Postgraduate Directing Course at Drama Studio London.
Michael has directed all 28 LCT productions since our debut with Andorra at the New End, Hampstead in 1993. He has overseen the company’s transition from one of the success stories of the London Fringe in the late nineties to its current position as one of the UK’s most prolific touring companies.
He lives in Surrey with partner Karen and their four children, Paige, Joseph, Benjamin and Isabella.
Since our debut on the London Fringe in 1993 the following individuals, actors, writers, designers, composers, translators, lighting designers and production staff have all contributed to the company's success:
Clair Archbold, Jonathan Ashley, Anthony Austin, David Baldwin, Lizzie Bardwell, Helen Barford, Amalia de Barros, Ian Bass, Matthew Bates, Richard Bates, Jason Baughan, Amy Bayless, Martyn Bearfoot, Harry Bell, Jeff Bellamy, Betty Benjamin, Torben Betts, Zoe Blackford, Paul Boyle, Kerry Bradley, Helen Braunholtz, Apple Brook, Mark Brown, Jeryl Burgess, Sheila Burnett, Lisa Burrows, Geraldine Bunzl, Danielle Bygraves, Peter Cadden, David Callister, Mark Cameron, Ana-Louisa de Cavila, Lucy Christy, Vanessa Clarke, Min Clifford, Jens Cole, Ashley Cook, Jonathan Coote, Claire Cunliffe, Carole Dance, Chloe Davidson, Heather Davies, Alan DeVally, Steve Dineen, Hasan Dixon, John Dorney, Brian Douglas, Andy Dowbiggin, Aidan Downing, Jackie Drew, Kevin Drury, Antonio Elliot, Jackie Everett, Valeria Fabbri, Ian Farmery, Candice Fisher, Laura Fitzpatrick, Brendan Fleming, Peter Foster, John Fryer, Annemarie Gaillard, Nicholas Gasson, Sue Gibbs, Alexander Giles, Catherine Gill, Chris Gilling, Paddy Glynn, Andy Grange, Paul Green, Julie Hale, Fiona Hankey, Catherine Harvey, Lara Hazell, Lisa Milne Henderson, Tony Heywood, Martina Hildebrandt, Jane Hillier, Guy Hoare, James Horne, Felicity Houlbrooke, Megan Huish, Marie í Dali, Frank Ilfman, Malcolm James, Paula Jennings, Helen Johns, Daniel Jordan, Helen Keeley, Jasmine Kershaw, Adam Kimmel, Anna Kirke, Katja Krzesinska, Georgina Landau, Abby Leamon, Alix Lencz, Manda Levin, Claire Lichie, Tracy-Anne Liles, Harry Livingstone, Matt Lloyd, Andrew Loudon, Imogen Lucy, Andrew MacDonald, Chris MacDonnell, Lucy Machin, Jasmin Marr, Tracy Maskell, Jamie Matthewman, Marie McCarthy, Fiona McCulloch, Brian McDiarmid, Michael McGrath, Fred Meller, Pamela Merrick, Sebastian Michael, David Micklem, Richard Miller, Grace Mitchell, Juliet Moore, Adrian Morris, Caroline Morris, Philippa Mumford, Ben Nathan, Madlena Nedeva, Christopher Patrick Nolan, Matthew North, Maggie O'Brien, Laoisha O'Callaghan, Marianne O'Connor, Richard Oldham, Amanda Osborne, Judith Paris, Matthew Pattimore, Chris Perryman, Helen Phillips, Suzannah Pilcher, Patrick Poletti, Ruth Posner, Claire Price, Alexander Rickard, Alison Rigby, Kathryn Ritchie, Carmen Rodriguez, Joy Roston, Claire Sanderson, Paul Sandys, Diederick Santer, Robert Schofield, Robin Sebastian, Alice Selwyn, Ben Sherratt, Jackie Skarvellis, Sarah Slee, Kris Snaddon, Amanda St John, Amy Starling, Richard Stemp, Jacqueline Stirling, Stuart Stocks, Josie Taylor, James Thompson, Carolyn Tomkinson, Karen Trott, Conrad Turner, Harry Vendryes, David Verrey, Joe Vose, Jonathan Waite, Connie Walker, Benjamin Warren, Hannah Warren, Lee Warren, Karen Webber, Timothy Weekes, Pauline Whitaker, Kate Wilcock, Yasmin Wilde, Claire Wille, Annemarie Williams, Giles Williams, Charlotte Willis, Martin Wimbush, Joanna Woodbridge, Viva Wright, Anna Wynnyczuk and Anna Ziman.