Arcadia  
Arcadia

by Tom Stoppard

Directed by Peta Barker

Evenings at 7.30
Tuesday 3rd - Saturday 7th April
Matinée at 3.00
Saturday 7th April

The Tower Theatre performing at the Bridewell Theatre, off Fleet Street

The year is 1809. At Lady Croom's country seat of Sidley Park, Derbyshire the orderly classicism of the estate grounds is being turned into picturesque romantic chaos.

In a Regency room overlooking the work, Septimus Hodge is tutoring Lady Croom's brilliant adolescent daughter Thomasina.

Their maths lesson is interrupted by the cuckolded Ezra Chater, a minor poet determined upon satisfaction, after Septimus has been discovered in "carnal embrace" with Mrs Chater.

180 years later, in the same room, a mathematician, a biographer/historian and a vulgar academic attempt to unravel the events of 1809, and past meets present in spectacular fashion.



Cast List

1809
Thomasina Coverly : Victoria Leijten
Septimus Hodge : Dom Ward
Jellaby : Landé Belo
Ezra Chater : Richard Brent
Richard Noakes : David Miller
Lady Croom : Heather Dalton
Captain Brice : Allan Hart
Augustus Coverly : Felix Grainger

The present day
Hannah Jarvis : Helena Cashmore
Bernard Nightingale : Matthew Vickers
Valentine Coverly : Paul Willcocks
Chloe Coverly : Sarah Assaf
Gus Coverly : Felix Grainger

 

Production Team

Director : Peta Barker
Set Design : Robert Hebblethwaite
Costume Design : David Taylor and Sheila Burbidge
Lighting Design : Nick Insley
Stage Manager : Richard Davies
Assistant Director : Karen Hope
ASM : Michelle Roebuck
Rehearsal Prompt : Tom Tillery



Victoria Leijten is thrilled to be making her acting debut with the Tower Theatre Company. She has been performing for most of her life, having an ambition to act from a very young age. Her acting credits include a mix of classical and modern, as well as both physical and musical theatre. She recently appeared as Tara in The Drowned World with the Studio Theatre Company and as Rosalind in As You Like It at the Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park. Other theatre credits include the title role in Antigone (performed in classical Greek), Cassius in Julius Caesar (an all-female cast), Dina Massie in Beautiful Burnout, Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Eponine in Les Miserables, Curly's Wife in Of Mice and Men, Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion and "patient" in 4.43 Psychosis. Film/Advertising : Jason's Wife in a BFI short film of Medea and the young Keeley Hawes in the recent Ford Fiesta advert.
 
Dom Ward trained at Mountview Academy and has been with the Tower since he was press-ganged into a production of The Entertainer. After a brief career playing romantic leads in musicals including Hot Mikado and Guys and Dolls, he graduated to playing grown-ups, including David in After the Dance, Stanley in The Birthday Party, and Carr in Travesties, also by Tom Stoppard. Most recently, he played a variety of wildly accented characters in The 39 Steps. Dom has also strayed onto the other side of the rehearsal room, directing everything from Victorian ghost stories (Darker Shores) to classic farce (Loot) and Emlyn Williams' forgotten classic Accolade.

This is Landé Belo's fifth production with the Tower, having played Francine/Lena in Clybourne Park, multiple characters in Dr Faustus, Prudence in The House of Bernarda Alba and Pope Joan/Louise in Top Girls. Appearances with other theatre companies include Gillian in Thriller of the Year (Incognito Theatre), Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Fay in A Chorus of Disapproval (Garden Suburb Theatre).
 
Richard Brent joined the Tower in 2014, and credits include last year's Bedroom Farce (Trevor), as well as Mother's Day (Gordon), Time and the Conways (Ernest Beevers), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Player/Hamlet) and The Accrington Pals (Ralph). He has also enjoyed many a production with Putney Theatre Company over the years - playing Victor in Private Lives, Karl/Steve in Clybourne Park, Charlie in How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found, Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream (as part of the RSC's Open Stages project), Malvolio in Twelfth Night and a singing-and-dancing-and-kennel-riding Snoopy in the musical You're a Good Man Charlie Brown. By day he is an editor, and as such is particularly pleased to be playing a significant footnote in history this time around.
This is David Miller's first production with the Tower Theatre Company, but he has previously been seen at the Bridewell in SEDOS' productions of The Government Inspector (also at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), One Man, Two Guvnors, and a staged reading of Clybourne Park. While at university in Sheffield, he was involved in various student productions, theatre-in-education projects and walk-on roles at the Crucible Theatre. In 2016 he took part in We're Here Because We're Here, a nationwide commemoration of the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, devised by Jeremy Deller and the National Theatre.
 
Heather Dalton has been an amateur actor for over twenty years; this is her second role for the Tower Theatre following her appearance as Isabella Bird, Joyce and Mrs Kidd in Top Girls last year. With the Wanstead Players her roles have included Ruth in Blithe Spirit, Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Joan in Time and Time Again, Sheila Birling in An Inspector Calls, Mrs Gibbs in Our Town, Edna Selby in Harlequinade, the Princess Royal in Crown Matrimonial and Major Barbara in Major Barbara. Heather has also played various roles in Measure for Measure, That Scoundrel Scapin, Oepidus Rex, Oh! What a Lovely War and The Hollow Crown.
Allan Hart has been a Tower member for 28 years and directed many productions including My Mother Said I Never Should, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Abigail's Party, Dealer's Choice, Closer, The Weir and The Homecoming. He has also acted in several shows, notably Twelve Angry Men, In Celebration, East, Blue Remembered Hills, Road and How the Other Half Loves.
 
Felix Grainger has recently joined the Tower Theatre Company and this is his second production follwoing his appearance as John Dryden in Nell Gwynn. A recent graduate from the University of Oxford, Felix is finding his feet in the London theatre scene with the hopes of training next year. Whilst at university he was involved in over ten stage productions and a few short films including Richard II, Hamlet, Titus Andronicus, Coriolanus, Heaven Knows (short film) to name but a few.
Helena Cashmore has been a Tower Theatre member since 2010, with parts including Beatrice Farrar in Hindle Wakes, Lue in The Winterling, Jacie Triplethree in Comic Potential and Melitta in Mrs Klein. She has also performed with UCLU Drama Society, including as Dotty in Jumpers and Elizabeth Barry in The Libertine. Before moving to London, Helena was a member of the Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company, with whom she appeared several times at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall, including as Miranda in The Tempest and Princess Catherine in Henry V.
 
Matthew Vickers has been involved with the Tower Theatre since Popcorn in 2003. More recently he has appeared in Coyote on a Fence, Foxfinder, Clybourne Park, Doctor Faustus, An Enemy of the People and Frankenstein.
Paul Willcocks trained with the Academy Drama School on their repertory course and played a variety of roles including Levin in Anna Karenina, Albie in A Map of the Heart and Jack Chesney in Charley's Aunt. Other notable roles have included Caliban in The Sea and The Mirror, Gaveston in Edward II and the Innkeeper's Son, working with the Mariinsky Acrobatic Troupe, in The Fiery Angel. In 2010 he appeared in the first professional revival of The Human Comedy at the Young Vic. For the Tower Theatre he recently played Branwell in Brontë (Upstairs at the Gatehouse) and various roles in Kindertransport (Theatro Technis/Upstairs at the Gatehouse). This is his third production for the Tower Theatre.
 
Sarah Assaf is excited to take part in her first Tower Theatre show, having joined the acting company in autumn 2017. After a long break from acting during her school years, Sarah has been taking acting classes at City Academy. She also enjoys playing the piano in her spare time, and has a degree in Music.
Peta Barker's acting credits include Ariel and Caliban (The Tempest), Iago (Othello), Mrs Yajnavalkya (Valmouth), The Voice of Audrey II - the Plant (The Little Shop of Horrors), Mbongeni (Woza Albert!), Scullery (Road), Ash (Dealer's Choice), Jack Mullen (The Weir), John (Shining City), Derek (Brighton Beach Scumbags) and Hoke (Driving Miss Daisy). Directing credits include Blue Remembered Hills, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Burn This, Lysistrata, The Blue Room, Brimstone and Treacle and The Lieutenant of Inishmore. He has also adapted and directed Russell Hoban's novel Kleinzeit for the stage.