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.
Christopher made his opera directing début in 2019 with a hugely successful and acclaimed production of Verdi’s Falstaff at the Grange Festival. Recent and future operatic engagements include Sweeney Todd for Bergen National Opera, a production of Lehar’s The Merry Widow for Opera Holland Park, A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Royal Academy’s Opera Studio, Gigi for West Green Opera as well as a return to the Grange Festival in 2022 to direct Yeomen of the Guard.
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).
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 throughout 2019. He is currently directing The Argument, starring Felicity Kendal at the Theatre Royal, Bath.
He is a founder member of Opera Ensemble, created during lockdown who have had great success and critical acclaim with his socially distanced production of I Pagliacci which was performed at The Grange Festival, Longborough Opera and at Iford Arts in the summer of 2021.