Leigh Stanford Thompson

Associate Lecturer
Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Cambridge School of Creative Industries
Areas of Expertise:
Musical Theatre
Courses taught:

Leigh is an Associate Lecturer in Musical Theatre, and Musical Director at ARU. He is a musical director, arranger and composer with more than two decades experience working in the West End and across the world on major musicals and shows.

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After spending four years travelling the world on cruise ships, Leigh moved to London to begin a career in the West End.

Among other shows, Leigh has worked on Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Young Frankenstein, Mary Poppins, Titanic, Ghost, The Addams Family and The Producers.

Leigh has also composed music for various choirs and musical acts, and his had his work performed on BBC Radio 4.


Leigh currently teaches on the following modules:

  • Professional Practice
  • BA (Hons) in Music, University of Bristol
Media experience
  • Musical Director: Titanic (world tour); Ghost (UK Tour)
  • Associate Musical Director: Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol (South Bank Centre); Young Frankenstein (West End); The Producers (UK Tour)
  • Rehearsal/audition pianist for Cameron Mackintosh Ltd on various shows including Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon
  • Director of the City Academy Voices
  • Composer for four Ross Noble stand-up shows and Ross Noble’s Britain in Bits on BBC Radio 4