About the Hosts

Laurence Mark Wythe - Host

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Laurence is an award-winning composer and lyricist. His internationally acclaimed musical Tomorrow Morning was nominated for Best New Off-Broadway Musical in the Outer Critics' Circle Awards of 2011, won the Chicago Jeff Award for Best Musical in 2009 and has played around the world on four continents in six languages, with three international cast albums available.

Laurence’s work as a composer and lyricist includes: Midnight (with Timothy Knapman) at the Union Theatre London in 2018 and Seoul, Korea 2019 & 2020; Creatives with Irvine Welsh and Don de Grazia which played at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival at the Pleasance Courtyard and in Chicago in 2016 and is currently in development for a TV series; Danni Hero which premiered at the Core Theatre Corby in 2016 and will play at the Birmingham Hippodrom in 2020; GROWL! (with Tim Knapman) for the National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT) in 2019 and in China 2020; Extraordinary for the University of Central Lancashire and BBC Children in Need 2018; Through the Door (book by Judy Freed) which was seen in the West End starring Julie Atherton and Paul Keating in 2009, and has since played in Seoul, Korea 

On screen he recently composed the score for the independent film Last Laugh (Visualize Films/Carnaby) and he is currently composing the music for the new TV series The Duke of York Mysteries (Visualize Films). Other work include The Lost Christmas (Waterloo East Theatre, London), Roll on the Day (Etcetera Theatre, London). He is the creator and host of the musical theatre podcast Game of Shows.

During his career, Laurence has taught at many of the UK's leading music theatre colleges including Mountview, Arts Ed, LSMT, The MTA and Guildhall.

He is the co-founder and director of London College of Performing Arts.

 

Chris Stoddart - Co-Host

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Chris is from Middlesbrough in the North East, he moved to London in 2006 to train at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.  After 3 years Chris graduated with a BA Hons degree in Musical Theatre and then started working in the industry.

Chris has worked all over the world, his professional credits include the West End productions of Jersey Boys (Piccadilly Theatre) and Evita (Dominion Theatre) and the UK national tours of Evita and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  He has also performed for P&O Cruises and in a number of pantomimes and was on the BBC show Let It Shine.

As well as performing Chris has taught at a variety of colleges and schools across the country, including Italia Conti, MEPA College, Bucks University, University of Teeside, Amersham College.  

Chris is also a Musical Director, credits include Beauty and the Beast, Elite Pantomimes, We Will Rock You Teeside University.

He is the course director at London College of Performing Arts. 

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