Eddie Coleman reveals plans for early 2017

The Artistic Team has revealed a bumper season for next Spring, with 6 shows in London followed by the tour to the U.S.A. previously announced.

Eddie says "I am delighted to announce my final season as Aristic Director - Spring 2017. It has been a pleasure and honour to be the Tower Artistic Director for the last three years and I wish Martin and the team every success".

Full details here!


Monday October 10th in St Stephen's Church

Highlights of this year's AGM were :

  • Nick Insley (Financial Director) reported a good financial result from the year with a significant increase in reserves resulting from an improved stock market and a major legacy from the estate of Barbara Waddell
  • Eddie Coleman (outgoing Artistic Director) reviewed the year's productions which had brought out the best in the Company
  • David Taylor reported on the superb success of the Dream project - our collaboration with the RSC
  • Martin Mulgrew (incoming Artistic Director) spoke briefly of his plans for the future
  • Sarah Ambrose and David Taylor gave details of a property in Stoke Newington which could possibly be purchased as a new home for the Company
  • Lotte Wynder and Stephen Brasher were elected to the Management Committee
  • Celia Reynolds announced the monthly and annual winners in the 150 Club draw
  • Dan Usztan was awarded the Frank Smith prize
  • Peter Westbury was presented with the Harold Mellor Award

Some photos of the event are here.

Henry Chester
Henry in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum


Company Member for 20 years

Henry Chester died at the end of August after a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease. Our thoughts are with Idit and Emma. Henry joined the Company in the 1990s and performed in around 15 shows - mainly pantomimes and musicals - his first part for the Tower was a Henchman in Mother Goose and he was last seen in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest in 2012, playing Aide Turkle.

Not only did Henry perform, he also co-ordinated the Tower FOH teams for several years - a difficult but essential job. The Bridewell Theatre has commented "we would very much like to thank Henry for his very important role in the dynamics and initial stages of the relationship between the Bridewell and Tower Theatre. Always offering to help Mikey 'Kick people out!' if they got too rowdy, his humour and banter in the Bar will be greatly missed! Mikey, John and staff send their thoughts thoughts to Idit and his many, many friends in the Theatre world."

His funeral was on September 4th.

Martin Mulgrew
Martin Mulgrew


Martin Mulgrew takes over from Eddie Coleman

Harry Reeder, Chairman of the Tower's Management Committee, has announced the appointment of a new Artistic Director for the Company. Martin Mulgrew will take over from Eddie Coleman, who is at the end of his term in the role and has decided not to stand again.

Harry writes : "I am delighted to announce that, at the September Management Committee meeting, Martin Mulgrew was appointed as our next Artistic Director, effective from the date of the AGM (10th October)".

Martin joined the Tower as an acting member in 2004, prior to which he acted and directed for a number of companies around London. His pre-Tower directing credits include What The Butler Saw (Riverside Studios), Macbeth (Riverside Studios), and Hamlet.

For the Tower, he has directed Billy Liar (Gatehouse), Hamlet (Paris and London), Measure For Measure (Paris and London), King Lear (Paris and London) and Dancing at Lughnasa (Gatehouse), and for the past three years he has been one of the two Assistant Artistic Directors.

In 2013, his play Entertaining Mr Orton was chosen as a Tower production for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it received a four-star review from The Scotsman newspaper.

Eddie and Assistant Artistic Director Dan Usztan will work closely with Martin to ensure a smooth handover of duties.

Many thanks again to Eddie and congratulations to Martin.


Vacancy following Martin Mulgrew's appointment

Martin Mulgrew will take over as Artistic Director (AD) on 10th October and so will vacate his current role as Assistant Artistic Director (AAD). We therefore need to appoint a new Assistant Artistic Director to help us celebrate our 85th year and programme plays for Summer 2017 and beyond. The two Assistant Artistic Directors are part of the Company's artistic management team. They assist the AD in drawing up an artistic policy, which is discussed and agreed with the Management Committee. The AADs also assist with the day-to-day work of the AD, e.g. play/venue selection, rights negotiation, appointment of assistant directors, etc.

How the appointment will be made :

The deadline for applications has now closed, and the Management Committee will now prepare a shortlist and arrange for the candidates to be interviewed (probably in the week beginning October 3rd).

They will announce the name of the successful applicant as soon as possible thereafter.

If you have any questions about the AAD role or the application/appointment process, please do not hesitate to contact the Chairman of the Management Committee, Harry Reeder, via the Tower Theatre office.

Tour to the USA


The Tower to perform at the Gorton Theatre, Gloucester, Massachusetts

"A bumbag!" (with apologies to Oscar Wilde)

Wondering what America will be like under either President Donald Trump or President Hillary Clinton?

Well here's your chance to find out!

The Tower has accepted an invitation to perform at the Gorton Theatre in Gloucester, Massachusetts next year.

The production will be The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde directed by Martin Mulgrew

Auditions will be held in October (for Tower Members only). The production will have a London run at the Bridewell from Tuesday 28th February to Saturday 4th March and the cast and crew will travel to the U.S. around the 13th April 2017 with performances the week commencing Easter Monday 17th April 2017.

The audition notice is here.

Have a nice day!

Much Ado About Nothing


The Tower returns to the Jardin Shakespeare in June

After the recent successful trip to Paris with Romeo and Juliet, the Tower is pleased to announce that it has been invited to return in June 2017. The play will be Much Ado About Nothing, directed by John Morton and Jean Carr.

This play is one that the Tower is very familiar with, having produced it in various venues 10 times over the years from 1933 to 1997. It will therefore be exactly 20 years since the last production, which was also mounted in Paris, directed by Harry Stern and Dominic Batty.

As usual, the play will performed at a London venue prior to the tour - details of this and the exact performance dates will be known shortly.


The Tower Theatre champions the BBC Arts Scheme

You may have noticed a logo on our website showing that the Tower is a Champion of the BBC Arts Get Creative Scheme. Get Creative is a major celebration of the nation's arts, culture and creativity led by the BBC in collaboration with What Next? - a movement bringing together arts and cultural organisations from across the UK to strengthen the role of culture in our society.

It aims to boost creativity in the UK as well as celebrating the millions of people already doing something artistic and creative every day.

You can see more about the scheme by visiting the BBC web page.