Amanda Laidler has directed musicals and childrens’ theatre as well as opera, and has written and directed several pantomimes. She directed the Sibford Millennium Pageant written by RSC actor David Ryall, for a cast of over 100 including horses and a flock of sheep; Oliver! for Stratford Amateur Operatic at the Swan Theatre and l’elisir d’amore, The Medium, Trial by Jury,and La Clemenza di Tito for Midland Music Makers and Arms and the Man, the Fifteen Minute Hamlet and The Winter’s Tale for Second Thoughts The Taming of the Shrew for Caramba Theatre Company, 90 Years of the Musicals for Guildhall Operatic Society.
She has also worked as an arts administrator and a stage/company manager for theatre and opera. She wrote the script for Rogues and Vagabonds If We Shadows …. and Divided Lives. She directed Anything Goes for Spa Opera in autumn 2009 and Stratford Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s 2010 production of Ruddigore, as well as a version of She Stoops to Conquer adapted as a music theatre piece.
From 1986 to 1991 she was Company Manager and Assistant to the Director of Wexford Festival Opera. Specialising in musical theatre she has worked as professional stage manager or Assistant to the Producer on many musicals and operas for societies in Yorkshire and Warwickshire.
She was teacher of drama and musical theatre classes at the Hadland School for over a decade, and with colleagues Lesley Hadland and Andrew Holtom ran an annual summer school in musical theatre.