Laurence started his career as an actor in which he took part in various plays, musicals and recordings. It was while performing in the musical Les Misérables that he was asked to direct his first musical, A Slice of Saturday Night, which played for a one-night charity gala at the Liverpool Empire Theatre. Since then Laurence has worked as a resident and associate director on several shows in London including The King & I, The Phantom of the Opera and Oliver! In 2005, Laurence directed a new touring production of Miss Saigon, which has been recreated in Korea and Australia winning major awards including The Manchester Evening News award for best touring musical and Green Room award for best director, co-director of the 25th Anniversary tour of Les Misérables on which this production is based and the 25th Anniversary concert of Les Misérables at the O2. Laurence recently directed The Phantom if the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall, Oliver! National UK tour, The Phantom of the Opera 25th anniversary production and an Arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, which is due for a world tour later this year.