London Classic Theatre is based in Purley, Surrey. The company is run by Artistic Director Michael Cabot and Producer Kathryn Cabot.

Originally founded in 1993, London Classic Theatre initially produced European Classics on the London Fringe, establishing an excellent reputation and quickly coming to the attention of the national press. In 2000, London Classic Theatre was launched as a touring company, 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 600,000 people at more than 250 theatres and arts centres around the UK and Ireland. The aim, expressed in our 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 Number One and repertory theatres. To build and maintain relationships with these venues, and most importantly, to produce theatre of the highest quality.

Recent productions include: Charlotte Keatley’s My Mother Said I Never Should, Noël Coward’s Private Lives, Terry Johnson’s Hysteria, Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, Alan Ayckbourn’s Absent Friends, Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr Sloane, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest and Peter Shaffer’s iconic Equus. We have also staged new translations of two 18th Century comedies, The Game of Love and Chance and The Double Inconstancy by Marivaux, as well as two UK premières, Hugh Leonard’s Love in the Title and Joanna Murray-Smith’s Nightfall.

In Autumn 2016, London Classic Theatre worked in association with Kathryn Barker Productions to stage a national tour of Henry Naylor’s award-winning play, The Collector. It marked a new chapter in our producing output, with a welcome focus on new work and an opportunity to build relationships with several new venues, among them Leicester Curve, Nottingham Playhouse and York Theatre Royal.

Artistic Director

Michael Cabot is the Artistic Director and founder of LCT.

He studied Drama at University College Swansea and trained on the Directing Course at Drama Studio London.

Michael has directed all 36 LCT productions since our debut with Andorra at the New End, Hampstead in 1993. He has overseen LCT's transition from the London Fringe in the late 1990s, to its current position as one of the UK’s leading touring companies.

His freelance work includes Marat/Sade, Pera Palas and The Collector at the Arcola Theatre in London and on tour with Kathryn Barker Productions. In 2016, he directed Henry Naylor's Angel at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Angel has won several theatre awards, including a Scotsman Fringe First and the Holden Street Theatres Edinburgh Award in 2016. The production transferred to the Adelaide Fringe in February 2017, winning the Adelaide Critics Circle Award, before playing at the 59E59 Theater in New York as part of the Brits off Broadway season. In September 2017, Angel transferred to the Arcola Theatre in London. Michael was nominated for an Off West End Award for Best Director for his work on the production.

In August 2017, Michael directed Henry Naylor's Borders at the Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh in August 2017. Borders won a Scotsman Fringe First and the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Fringe Award. With Louise Skaaning as co-director, Borders transferred to the New York Theatre Workshop from 30 June to 22 July 2018.

Core Company

LCT's core company is a vital part of who we are. We are very lucky that many of the fine actors we have worked with return to us for subsequent tours. Their hard work and commitment have underpinned LCT's journey over the last nineteen years.

Carole DanceHelen KeeleyJohn DorneyHelen PhillipsSteve DineenNicholas GassonJulie HaleGareth Bennett-RyanAlice SelwynJonathan AshleyPaul SandysKathryn RitchieRachael Holmes-BrownPaula JenningsAbby LeamonPete CollisRichard StempAnna KirkePeter CaddenJamie MatthewmanPauline WhitakerBenjamin WarrenKevin DruryAshley CookOlivia Beardsley
1993 - 2019

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:

Stuart Angell, Clair Archbold, Jonathan Ashley, Anthony Austin, David Baldwin, Lizzie Bardwell, Helen Barford, Lucy Barker-Dale, Amalia de Barros, Ian Bass, Matthew Bates, Richard Bates, Jason Baughan, Amy Bayless, Olivia Beardsley, Martyn Bearfoot, Harry Bell, Jeff Bellamy, Betty Benjamin, Gareth Bennett-Ryan, Torben Betts, Ross Bibby, Rebecca Birch, Zoe Blackford, Philip Bond, Vanessa Bond, Paul Boyle, Kerry Bradley, Frankie Bradshaw, Helen Braunholtz, Apple Brook, Mark Brown, Kieran Buckeridge, Jeryl Burgess, Sheila Burnett, Lisa Burrows, Geraldine Bunzl, Emma Butler, Danielle Bygraves, Peter Cadden, Janet Caddick, David Callister, Mark Cameron, Jordan Carroll, Ana-Louisa de Cavila, Lucy Christy, Steven Clarke, Vanessa Clarke, Min Clifford, Jens Cole, Pete Collis, Ashley Cook, Jonathan Coote, Claire Cunliffe, Holly Curtis, 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, Susie Emmett, 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, Saeni Greene, Julie Hale, Fiona Hankey, Jack Hardwick, Catherine Harvey, Lara Hazell, Richard Heap, Lisa Milne Henderson, Tony Heywood, Lisa Hickey, Martina Hildebrandt, Jane Hillier, Guy Hoare, Rachael Holmes-Brown, James Horne, Felicity Houlbrooke, Megan Huish, Marie í Dali, Frank Ilfman, Malcolm James, Madeleine Jebson, Paula Jennings, Helen Johns, Daniel Jordan, Michael Keane, Helen Keeley, Cheryl Kennedy, Simon Kenny, Jasmine Kershaw, Adam Kimmel, Anna Kirke, Katja Krzesinska, Georgina Landau, Abby Leamon, Alix Lencz, Manda Levin, Claire Lichie, Tracy-Anne Liles, James Lisk, Harry Livingstone, Matt Lloyd, Andrew Loudon, Imogen Lucy, Kate Lyons, Andrew MacDonald, Chris MacDonnell, Lucy Machin, Fiz Marcus, Jasmin Marr, Tracy Maskell, Jamie Matthewman, Marie McCarthy, Fiona McCulloch, Brian McDiarmid, Michael McGrath, Ged McKenna, Taraneh Meen, Fred Meller, Pamela Merrick, Sebastian Michael, David Micklem, Richard Miller, Grace Mitchell, Juliet Moore, Adrian Morris, Caroline Morris, Flora Moyes, Philippa Mumford, Ben Nathan, Madlena Nedeva, Christopher Patrick Nolan, Matthew North, Maggie O'Brien, Laoisha O'Callaghan, Marianne O'Connor, Richard Oldham, Amanda Osborne, Bek Palmer, Judith Paris, Matthew Pattimore, James Perkins, Chris Perryman, Helen Phillips, Suzannah Pilcher, Patrick Poletti, Ruth Posner, Rebecca Pownall, Claire Price, Alexander Rickard, Alison Rigby, Kathryn Ritchie, Declan Rodgers, Carmen Rodriguez, Joy Roston, Claire Sanderson, Paul Sandys, Diederick Santer, Robert Schofield, Robin Sebastian, Alice Selwyn, Ben Sherratt, Jackie Skarvellis, Sarah Slee, Victoria Smart, Kris Snaddon, Amanda St John, Amy Starling, Richard Stemp, Rachel Stinton, Jacqueline Stirling, Summer Strallen, Stuart Stocks, Josie Taylor, James Thompson, Carolyn Tomkinson, Moray Treadwell, Karen Trott, Conrad Turner, Harry Vendryes, David Verrey, Joe Vose, Jonathan Waite, Connie Walker, Hannah Walmsley, Benjamin Warren, Hannah Warren, Lee Warren, Joanna Waters, Karen Webber, Timothy Weekes, Jenny Wheeler, Pauline Whitaker, Kate Wilcock, Imogen Wilde, Yasmin Wilde, Claire Wille, Annemarie Williams, Giles Williams, Charlotte Willis, Julia Wills, Martin Wimbush, Joanna Woodbridge, Viva Wright, Anna Wynnyczuk, Anna Ziman and Sonja Zobel.

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