In 2005, Michael set to work on a long-time personal passion, namely the creation and development of a London Repertory Company's flagship residency in London's West End. Sadly, the excited anticipation of its opening in 2008 was curtailed when the banking crisis caused the withdrawal of financial support for the project.
He has, since, exclusively devoted himself to maintenance of the LRC and its aim to raise sufficient funding for a West End flagship and begin its long-term mission to regenerate theatre for future generations by developing traditional repertory companies throughout the UK.
London Repertory Company will be the first traditional full-time professional repertory theatre to operate commercially in the very heart of London's theatreland.
Operating all year round, a large resident company of actors will perform a varied repertoire of classics, new plays, musicals, comedies, dramas, thrillers and popular shows to suit all tastes, plus a traditional family pantomime every Christmas.
The first company ever to perform the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries restored and remastered into modern English, ensuring today's audiences will understand every word the author wrote as clearly as they did over 400 years ago.
A revival of the local rep tradition where the public can get to know each other and the actors, personally. The star playing Hamlet on Monday could be playing the butler in a thriller on Thursday and be selling programmes for a musical the following Monday before playing Hamlet again on the Thursday.
Even the best seats will be at low ticket prices making the theatre, once again, affordable for all.
An integrated education programme of workshops, talks and masterclasses allied to national and international tours and live screenings.
The only repertory company to run in-house apprentice-based training schemes in acting, stage management, technical skills and directing, together with affiliate apprenticeships in dance, music, design and allied skills & crafts.
An international supporter's networking programme for making new friends and providing mutual benefits between people and small businesses; thereby helping stimulate jobs and lower personal living costs.
A new kind of theatre experience that's personal, fun, friendly, and where everyone's treated like a star, confirming that LRC truly is the people's very own local rep.
A flagship in the capital expanding to create similar models in every town across the whole of the UK and abroad, regenerating live theatre and making it as much a part of life as music, film and television.
Learn more by visiting: www.londonrepertorycompany.com.
"After years of rumours and speculation by his fans, cult horror movie legend Michael Armstrong has finally been lured out of retirement by Paper Dragon Productions to direct his first major feature film for over forty years.
Following his 1970 genre classic, Mark Of The Devil, which shocked audiences and broke box office records worldwide, fans will be delighted to learn that Armstrong is to direct his much anticipated screenplay Orphanage.
"I agreed to be exhumed from retirement because I felt I could trust Paper Dragon Productions to offer me the creative freedom I need to realise a story I've wanted to bring to the screen for more than 30 years," Armstrong said. "I very much look forward to working with them."
Described as a sociological suspense shocker, a complete veil of secrecy has now been thrown around the project as it heads into immediate development."
For more information, visit: www.orphanage-themovie.com