Doctor Faustus  
Doctor Faustus

by Christopher Marlowe

Directed by Lucy Bloxham

Evenings at 7.30
Tuesday 31st January -
Saturday 4th February
Matinée at 3.00
Saturday 4th February

The Tower Theatre performing at Theatro Technis, Camden

**** Two excellent reviews ****
4 stars from What's Hot London
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Frustrated with the futility of religion, law and science, Doctor Faustus searches for a deeper understanding of the universe ... along with the fame and power that this will bring. Summoning Mephistopheles - Lucifer's own servant - he makes a pact with the Devil : twenty-four years of absolute knowledge in exchange for his soul.

Can Man overcome the curse of Original Sin? And is absolute power inevitably corrupting?

Photography by David Sprecher

Cast List

Doctor Faustus : Jonathon Cooper
Mephistopheles : Robert Reeve
Pope / Lucifer : Nigel Oram
Wagner : Matthew Vickers
First Scholar / Sin / Friar / Paramour : Landé Belo
Second Scholar / Sin / Friar / Knight : Matt Cranfield
Bad Angel / Bruno / Attendant : James McKendrick
Good Angel / Raymond : Anton Renouf
Cornelius / Sin / Devil / Cardinal / Alexander : Samuel Currie-Smith
Duchess / Sin / Cardinal / Devil : Niki Mylonas
Beelzebub / Devil / Attendant : Izzy Gahan
Emperor / Archbishop : Ian Hoare
Old Man : Robert Pennant Jones
Duke / Sin : Alexander Grant
Valdes / Envy / Helen of Troy : Jessica Bailes


Production Team

Director : Lucy Bloxham
Set Design : Michael Bettell
Costume Design : Julia Collier
Lighting Design : Adam Taylor
Sound Design : William David

Stage Manager : Izzy Gahan
Assistant Director : Karen Sheard
Text Coach : Robert Pennant Jones
Movement Coach : Lily Ann Coleman
Assistant Stage Managers : Stephen Brasher, Richard Davies
Lighting Operator : Jessie Baker
Set Construction and Get-in : Keith Syrett, Michael Bettell, Jude Chalk, Rosie Shipman, Phillip Ley, John McSpadyen

Jonathon Cooper's previous shows with the Tower include Mother's Day and Hindle Wakes. He has performed in SEDOS shows Man of La Mancha, Reefer Madness and, most recently, The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas. Jonathon is a member of the National Youth Theatre and can be seen for a couple of seconds on the big screen in Rogue One : A Star Wars Story.
Robert Reeve was first let loose on stage in 1971. His roles for the Tower include Toad in The Wind In The Willows, Warbucks in Annie, Henry II in The Lion In Winter, Dracula in Dracula, Danforth in The Crucible, The Stranger in The Lady From The Sea, Salzella in Maskerade, Booth in The Voysey Inheritance, Walpole in The Doctor's Dilemma and Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler.
Nigel Oram has appeared in two previous Tower productions (Farragut North and Othello). He also recently tried his hand at stage managing (Clybourne Park) and has operated sound and/or lighting for Major Barbara, Travesties, Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, Mother's Day, Charlie's Aunt and The Night Heron. After Doctor Faustus, he is very much looking forward to playing Merriman in the Tower production of The Importance of Being Earnest both at the Bridewell Theatre in London and on tour to the Gorton Theatre in Gloucester, Massachusetts in April.
Matthew Vickers has been involved with the Tower Theatre since Popcorn in 2003. More recently he has appeared in Coyote on a Fence, Foxfinder and Clybourne Park. He is very much looking forward to playing Wagner and Gluttony.
Landé Belo has performed with various theatre companies in London, Paris and Montpellier, including La Compagnie Maritime, Garden Suburb Theatre and Incognito Theatre. Previous roles include Estelle in Huis Clos, Clotilde in Clotilde du Nord, Judas in Une Forte Odeur de Pomme, Fay in A Chorus Of Disapproval and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing. This is her second production with the Tower Theatre; her first was Clybourne Park in which she played Francine and Lena.
Ian Hoare has acted in more than twenty productions for the Tower, and last year made his debut as a Tower director with Hindle Wakes.
This is James McKendrick's fifth Tower production; he played Schu and Eddie in The Return of the Marionettes, Mr. Waterton in Mother's Day, the tragic postman Yegor in Dying For It and Professor Leopold Nettles in Largo Desolato. Other acting credits include Dinner (Mike), Glengarry Glen Ross (Shelley Levene), Separate Tables (John Malcolm), The Real Inspector Hound (Birdboot), Antigone (Creon) and 45 Minutes To Go (Jerry), for which he received best actor award at the Waltham Forest Festival. He has directed Jim Cartwright's Road, Two and Bed, the latter receiving best play and best director awards at the 2013 Waltham Forest Festival. He has also performed at the Edinburgh, Brighton and Prague Fringe Festivals and in productions that transferred to the Orange Tree Theatre and Riverside Studios.

Anton Renouf is 19 years old and Doctor Faustus is his first production for the Tower Theatre Company. He is on a Gap Year and is doing acting in Oxford and London with a view of going to drama school next year. He is looking forward to being in more productions for the Tower and getting as much experience as possible in backstage as well as onstage. He is interested in Daoist Martial Arts and is going to China later in the year to study at a monastery for a month.
Samuel Currie-Smith is appearing in his second role with the Tower Theatre; his first was Leary in Sherlock Holmes. This followed 3 years of intense study into Drama and Theatre when he was in productions such as One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Top Girls and The Accidental Death Of An Anarchist. He has also performed many monologues and a play he co-wrote called Beached.
Niki Mylonas trained as an actor at the late Webber Douglas Academy. She is also an author of non-fiction, a playwright and a producer, director and lead actor at Classical Radio Drama. Most recent credits include : Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Lady Macbeth and Third Witch in Macbeth, Mrs Shliefke in Her Naked Skin , Kate in Brighton Beach Memoirs and Queen Anne in Brandy for which she won best actress award! Doctor Faustus is Niki's ninth project with the Tower.
Robert Pennant Jones joined the Tower in 1962 and directed both parts of Tamburlaine the Great for Marlowe's 400th birthday in 1964. More recently he arranged and produced a fundraising programme for the Rose Theatre Bankside entitled The Genius of Christopher Marlowe with a stellar professional cast. His latest production for the Tower was Waiting for Godot and he played King Lear in 2015 in London and Paris.
Alexander (Ian) Grant trained at East 15 Acting School. This is his fifth production for the Tower; he has previously appeared in Hindle Wakes (Upstairs at the Gatehouse, 2016), Largo Desolato (Theatro Technis, 2014), The Taming of the Shrew (Theatro Technis and Paris, 2013) and Britannicus (Canonbury Tower, 1972). Other theatre includes : Coverage (Courtyard Theatre), Cyrano de Bergerac (Corbett Theatre), Macbeth (Cockpit Theatre), Hamlet (Bridewell Theatre), The Recruiting Officer (Minack Theatre), The Beaux' Stratagem (Penzance Arts Centre), Pericles (Minack Theatre), The Comedy of Errors (touring and CambridgeADC), Measure for Measure (touring) and Troilus and Cressida (Minack Theatre).
This is Matt Cranfield's first show with the Tower Theatre Company, and his first full performance since 2005. Previously he has appeared as Lear in King Lear and Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream with Essex University Theatre Arts Society, and in an original play called Again at the 2003 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
This is Jessica Bailes' first show with the Tower. She is a recent graduate from the University of Oxford with a degree in English Language and Literature. Jessica is enjoying gaining experience in amateur dramatics in London with a view to going to drama school next year. She is on the Tower marketing team and looks forward to auditioning for future Tower productions.
Izzy Gahan joined the Tower backstage in Spring 2016 as an assistant stage manager for Brontë. She subsequently became an acting member. Her past theatre credits include The Winter's Tale, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing.
Lucy Bloxham has been a member of the Tower Theatre for almost two years. She began as Assistant Stage Manager on the Tower's 2015 production of King Lear, and went on to become Assistant Director for Othello and Charley's Aunt. While this is her first time directing, she has always wanted to stage Doctor Faustus having studied it during her Master's Degree in Early Modern English, which she completed last year.