Laurence has been involved in amateur theatre for over 40 years, during which time he has both played in and directed many Gilbert and Sullivan productions especially with his home group Gosforth Musical Society.
He has also performed in many musicals and his favourite roles include Sir John in “Me and My Girl”, Moonface Martin in “Anything Goes”, Fagin in “Oliver!” and Daddy Warbucks in “Annie”, Sir Joseph Porter in “HMS Pinafore and the Lord Chancellor in “Iolanthe”.
For South Shields AOS, he has played Jacob Marley in “Scrooge”, Senex in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”, Mr. Bumble in “Oliver!”, Mr. Scrimett in “Andy Capp” and Herr Schultz in “Cabaret”. Laurence joined DMTC in 2001 for their opening production in the Gala Theatre playing Sir John in “Me and My Girl”.
He has since returned for “What a Swell Party!” as well as Colonel Pickering in “My Fair Lady”, Albert Lennox in “The Secret Garden”, Henry Etches in “Titanic”, (which has also become a favourite role) and Larry in “Company”.
He has just directed and appeared in a new production of the classic British Musical “Salad Days”, and Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Ruddigore” for Gosforth Musical Society.