Laurence Myers had a twenty year career as a financial advisor, manger and recording executive in the music business, representing amongst many others, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles’ Apple Corp., The Animals, Herman’s Hermits, The Kinks, Led Zeppelin, Donovan, Lionel Bart, David Bowie, Gary Glitter, The New Seekers, Alan Price, The Tremeloes, The Sweet, Donna Summer, Scott Walker and Billy Ocean.
His film company, GTO Films was started in 1973 and amongst the films produced or distributed by Myers or his company were The Greek Tycoon, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Elvis The Movie, The Wanderers, Where’s Poppa, Swept Away and Breaking Glass. He is a profit participant in Fatal Attraction having produced Diversion, the short film upon which it is based. Myers contributed his music catalogue to the soundtracks of many major feature films including The Full Monty.
The end of the eighties saw Myers move to stage production since which time he has produced or co-produced West End presentations of Budgie The Musical, starring Adam Faith and Anita Dobson, Matador, starring Stephanie Powers and giving John Barrowman his first starring role. He also worked on the Charity Gala, Lisa Minelli’s Tribute To Sammy Davis Jnr. at The Royal Albert Hall, and produced Neil Simon’s Laughter On The 23rd. Floor starring Gene Wilder and in 1998, Jesus, My Boy starring Tom Conti .
In 1999, with Tom Kinninmont, he produced Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell starring Peter O’Toole at the Old Vic and the subsequent tour starring Tom Conti. He also worked as Executive Producer on the film of the Production, which was sold to the BBC. With Tom, he co-produced a highly successful tour of Neil Simon’s Last Of The Red Hot Lovers starring Tom Conti and The Seven Year Itch starring Daryl Hannah at The Queens Theatre in October 2000.
A Helluva Life (called, Barrymore in America), an award winning play by Bill Luce, about legendary American Hell raiser John Barrymore opened at The Dublin Theatre Festival in October 2002 starring Tom Conti followed by a UK Tour in 2003.
In 2004, after a successful try out at The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford, Myers produced The Beautiful and Damned, an original musical, at The Lyric Theatre Shaftsbury Avenue.
In 2005 there was a National Tour of Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing, starring Tom Conti.
A new production of Jerry Herman’s Mac and Mabel, directed by John Doyle opened at The Criterion Theatre Piccadilly in April of 2006, starring David Soul with Janie Dee starring as Mabel.
In 2008 there were the Tours of Terms of Endearment, starring Linda Gray and The Clean House starring Patricia Hodge.
With Lee Dean, he co-produced Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at The Apollo Shaftesbury Avenue, starring Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin, and in 2009, the highly acclaimed production of Duet For One starring Juliet Stephenson and Henry Goodman at The Almeida Theatre followed by a West End run at The Vaudeville.
End of The Rainbow starring the Oliver Award Winner, Tracie Bennett, had a record breaking six months run at The Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End, followed by an Autumn Tour of the UK in the autumn of 2011. In April 2012, following a highly successful five-week run at the prestigious Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Myers co-presented a five month run at The Belasco Theatre on Broadway, which was nominated for three Tony Awards.
In 2014 he produced Steven Berkoff’s Religion And Anarchy at the Jermyn Street Theatre.
In 2015, with Mark Goucher, Myers transferred the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Taken At Midnight, starring Penelope Wilton, to the Theatre Royal Haymarket. They also produced a National Tour of The Kings Speech, starring Jason Donovan. A National Tour of Hairspray starts in August.
From 2004 to 2012, Myers was a partner and Board member of AKA Promotions Ltd, the world’s leading international advertising and marketing company specialising in Theatre and other ticketed events.
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