Laura Kaye Thomson

Laura Kaye Thomson

Artistic Director of Music Box Theatre

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

I am a writer, composer, performer and producer of theatre - particularly musical theatre - creating and developing original and ambitious new work in London and beyond.

I'm really passionate about the impact both music and theatre can have on us and how the two can work together to create moving, entertaining and though-provoking experiences. I want to push the boundaries of musical theatre and break down the stigma that sometimes goes with the genre. 

I'm the artistic director (and at present also producer) of Music Box Theatre, a company dedicated to creating and developing new musical theatre. I am also co-producer of NEXT UK: a concert series that showcases the work of up and coming musical theatre writers. We have held concerts in London, Edinburgh and New York. 

I am also a writer and wrote my first musical Poppies in 2015 (Book, music and lyrics). It is based on the true story of Lena Ashwell who brought theatre, music and poetry to the front lines of WW1. It is an actor-musician piece first performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and transferred to London in 2016 following some hefty re-writes and an extension into a two act musical. I was the youngest finalist in the Stiles and Drewe Best New Song Prize Award 2015 and had my work performed at the Garrick Theatre in the West End. I have had my work performed at The Other Palace (formerly the St James Theatre), Park Theatre, the Bunker Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Cockpit Theatre and The Space.

I wrote my first play Treasure in 2017 which is a one-woman piece about mothers, daughters, love, loss and mental health – all the good stuff. It was accepted into The Space theatre's One Festival and performed in January 2018.

I also compose scores for theatre. Most recently I composed the score for Burn Bright Theatre's 2018 production of Frankenstein in which the roles of Frankenstein and the Monster were gender-swapped. Check out my Soundcloud  for more.

I have directed (a little) starting with The Sound of Musicals: a cabaret filled with musical theatre favourites. I have also written, curated and directed personal performance pieces for corporate events - to celebrate an occasion or to give someone an extra speical send off. Contact me laura@musicboxtheatre.co.uk for more.

Training: MA in Musical Theatre Performance from Mountview Academy        

Performing credits include: FANGIRLS (Barbican and Southbank Centre), The Restorative Artist (The Bunker Theatre), Bi (Rich Mix) What Lucy Was (Bridewell Theatre), Poppies (The Space theatre, Edinburgh Fringe), Under Construction (St James Theatre), Fairy Godmother in Cinderella (Medina Theatre), Joyce in Nymph Errant (Bernie Grant Arts Centre), Kate/Lilli in Kiss Me Kate (Mountview Academy), Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Lakeside Arts Centre), Linda / Mufasa in Wild West End (Pleasance, Edinburgh & Islington), Cinderella in Into The Woods (Lakeside Arts Centre), Ally in FRESHER! The Musical (Nottingham New Theatre), Cathy in The Last Five Years (Nottingham New Theatre), Cecily Cardew in The Importance of Being Earnest (Nottingham New Theatre), Doris in Flare Path (Nottingham New Theatre). 

I am always looking for new projects and love working with new people so please do drop me a line!

www.musicboxtheatre.co.uk

Work History

Artistic Director / Producer - Music Box Theatre

Mar 2015 - Present

Co-Producer - NEXT UK Concert Series

Jun 2014 - Present

Theatre Marketing Assistant - JHI Marketing

Jan 2014 - Oct 2014

Front of House - Lakeside Arts Centre - Theatre, Museum, Art Gallery

Oct 2010 - Jun 2012

Project Leader and Intern - READ International

Sep 2008 - Sep 2010

Education

Musical Theatre Performance - MA - Mountview Academy

Sep 2012 - Sep 2013

History - BA Hons - Nottingham University

Sep 2007 - Jun 2010

Skills

  • actor
  • actor-musician
  • composition
  • lyrics
  • music
  • musical theatre
  • musician
  • playwright
  • singer
  • theatre
  • writer

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