Christopher Luscombe read English at Cambridge. He began his career as an actor, spending seven years with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He went on to appear at the National Theatre, the Old Vic and in the West End. Whilst at Stratford-upon-Avon, he devised and directed The Shakespeare Revue with Malcolm McKee, and this transferred to the Vaudeville Theatre in London. His subsequent productions at Stratford include Twelfth Night, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing, the last two transferring to Chichester Festival Theatre and then to the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. He is an Associate Artist of the RSC.
His other directing credits in London include Star Quality and The Madness of George III (Apollo); Home and Beauty (Lyric); Fascinating Aïda (Harold Pinter - Olivier Award nomination for Best Entertainment); The Comedy of Errors and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare’s Globe); Nell Gwynn (Shakespeare’s Globe and Apollo – Olivier Award for Best New Comedy); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park); Enjoy (Gielgud); Alphabetical Order (Hampstead); When We Are Married (Garrick - Olivier Award nomination for Best Revival); Travels With My Aunt (Menier Chocolate Factory) and Spamalot (Playhouse). He has directed several private entertainments for the Royal Family, including productions marking the 50th Anniversary of the Coronation and the Queen’s 90th birthday.
Regional and international credits include Masterpieces (Birmingham); Little Shop of Horrors and The History Boys (Leeds); Things We Do for Love (Harrogate); The Likes of Us (Sydmonton); Arms and the Man (Salisbury); A Small Family Business (Watford); Hobson’s Choice (Sheffield); Hay Fever (Minneapolis); Henry V (Chicago); While The Sun Shines (Bath); Candide (Grange Festival); The Winter’s Tale (Cincinnati) and tours of The Importance of Being Earnest, Tell Me on a Sunday, The Lady in the Van, Candida, Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, Single Spies, Admission: One Shilling, Dandy Dick, Blue/Orange and The Nightingales.
His production of The Rocky Horror Show has toured for the last thirteen years. It has completed three seasons in the West End, three Australian tours and has also been broadcast in cinemas worldwide. It is touring the UK and South Africa this year. He is currently directing William Boyd’s The Argument, starring Felicity Kendal, at the Theatre Royal Bath.
He made his operatic debut earlier this year with Verdi’s Falstaff at the Grange Festival. Future productions include Sweeney Todd for Bergen National Opera in November, The Merry Widow for Opera Holland Park next summer and a return to the Grange Festival in 2021.