We Will Rock You
The Italian production of We Will Rock You, which opened in Trieste in October 2018, is a thoroughly new take on the show. Barley Arts produced the original replica Italian production nine years ago, but...
Directing Hair for the 3rd year students at the Guildford School of Acting was a blast. I’ve never tackled such an anarchic piece, but it’s one with an unbelievable amount of open heartedness and good intentions.
I didn’t believe them when they said there’s a curse on this play. But after we lost our Macbeth to ill-health after ten days, I began to think it might be true.
Our decision to dress the witches as ISIS fighters was met with some interest in LAMDA, but no dissent, until we got on stage...
'As a writer-director, Tim Luscombe doesn’t shirk the big subjects. His last play, The Schuman Plan, dealt with the European federal dream. His new one tackles both Formula One motor racing and Chinese political oppression.' (The Times)
The Rat Trap
'Played in the round on the tightest of spaces, Luscombe and his cast vividly re-create an unjustly forgotten drama… Tim Luscombe’s revival makes for a most rewarding evening.' (The Times)
'Tim Luscombe’s fine revival feels like a fond tribute to three ages of British comedy, Carry-On, Terry and June, and the surreal pathos of a Mike Leigh scenario.' (The Guardian)
After being a visiting artist at Rose Bruford College in 2015, it was a pleasure to return for a full-scale production in 2016. Mike Bartlett’s 13 asks all the important questions about how traditional political discourse works in England...
Bonnie & Clyde
Bonnie & Clyde was the second musical I directed for the 3rd year musical theatre students at Mountview, the first being Parade six years earlier. Once again, it was a treat to work with the cream of UK’s young musical theatre performers in their graduation showcase.
Warrior was the first of many plays I directed in the Minerva Theatre in Chichester, and was a storming success. Sam Mendes (then Artistic Director of the Minerva) paired me with Shirley Gee’s coruscating play.
The Power and the Glory
Edward Petherbridge played the Whiskey Priest in this revival of Graham Greene’s play of his own book, (in which, incidentally, a young Dougray Scott featured as a menacing Lopez!) Greene collaborated with Denis Cannon...
I directed the European premiere of Jeffrey at Greenwich Theatre. The writer, Paul Rudnick, came over to see it, and gave his seal of approval, which meant a great deal to us. Jeffrey was an important gay play in the 90s and...
A great, late Coward play, Relative Values opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre with Susan Hampshire and Sara Brightman playing the leads. Edward Duke played the best friend with great brilliance and Alison Fiske stole the show with...
Easy Virtue was a big success for me. I was asked to direct it by Dan Crawford at the Kings Head after he’d seen my production of Semi Monde, another early Coward play. Semi Monde has a cast of 60, and I’d done it as a charity one-night-only performance in...
Artist Descending A Staircase
Artist Descending a Staircase started out as a radio play by Tom Stoppard. It hardly needed adapting at all to work as a stage play. Dan Crawford at the Kings Head persuaded me...
A Perfect Ganesh
I’d worked quite a bit on Terrence McNally’s plays before I directed A Perfect Ganesh. For the London Gay Theatre Company I’d directed the European premiere of his play André’s Mother, and staged a rehearsed reading of the Lisbon Traviata.