Larah Simpson

Larah Simpson

Theatre Director

  • Location: London
  • Career stage: Entry
  • Freelancer: Available

Larah is a young, British theatre director based in London.

She has recently worked with Daniel Slater on a new production of Romeo & Juliet for the Singapore Repertory Theatre, and with Kate Golledge on new musical The Battle of Boat for the National Youth Music Theatre.

She has a broad scope of experience as a director and assistant director, working in musical theatre, opera, children's theatre, drama and immersive/site-specific theatre.
Larah believes that working across theatrical genres, and taking techniques from rehearsal rooms that don't usually collide, allows each company to experience a unique process when shaping a new production.

Storytelling is the very foundation of theatre, and is the essence of each production Larah works on. Unlocking the heart of each story, and allowing the audience to experience and explore, to be educated or illuminated, entertained or emotionally engaged - or perhaps all of the aforementioned - is what drives Larah as a director.

Larah is also a seasoned workshop leader and teacher, having coached many students in acting and singing in schools & universities, and for companies including RNIB, PQA, Trinity London and OHP.

Larah is currently writing and developing a new musical play about poet Lord Byron and his mathematician daughter Ada Lovelace - think a vaudevillian, Blackadder-esque The Go-Between and you're part way there!

Work History

Assistant Director - NYMT - The Battle of Boat (Dir. Kate Golledge)

Apr 2016 - Aug 2016

Associate Director - Yangalang Theatre - Digest TV: The Temp (Dir. Victoria Barrow-Williams)

Jul 2015 - Aug 2016

Director/Choreographer - Gulbenkian Theatre - The Magic of The Musicals

May 2016 - Jul 2016

Project Manager - Blast Theory & Hydrocracker Co. - Operation Black Antler

May 2016 - Jul 2016

Assistant Director - Singapore Repertory Theatre - Romeo & Juliet (Dir. Daniel Slater)

Mar 2016 - Apr 2016

Associate Director - Cut Feather Theatre - The Sparkle Thief (Dir. Ethan Lewis Maltby)

Oct 2015 - Dec 2015

Assistant Director (as Production Assistant) - Opera Holland Park - 2015 Season (Il Trittico, Flight, Aida, Lakme, L'amore die tre Re, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland)

Jan 2015 - Dec 2015

Assistant Director (as Production Assistant) - Royal Opera House - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Dir. Martin Duncan)

Nov 2015 - Nov 2015

Director - C3U Theatre - Cabaret (Kander & Ebb)

May 2015 - Jun 2015

Director - Cut Feather Theatre - The Battle of Boat (Workshop)

Apr 2015 - Apr 2015

Assistant Director - Cut Feather Theatre - The Sparkle Thief (Dir. Ethan Lewis Maltby)

Oct 2014 - Dec 2014

Director - Canterbury Fringe Festival - Good Grief!

Oct 2014 - Oct 2014

Director - Sounds New Festival - A Love Letter to Judy

May 2014 - May 2014


Performing Arts [1st Class] - BA(Hons) - Canterbury Christ Church University

Oct 2011 - Sep 2014


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  • Scriptwriting
  • Assistant Directing
  • Communication
  • Director
  • Teaching