Plus plans for Paris and the Minack in 2018!

Artistic Director Martin Mulgrew has announced four new productions to be mounted by the Tower this autumn. Details of the shows are here and preliminary audition notices are here.

Also revealed are the two shows that we will be taking on tour next year :
  • The Winter's Tale will be our Shakespeare show for 2018. It will be presented at the Bridewell Theatre in May and then on to our usual venue in Paris, the Théâtre de Verdure du Jardin Shakespeare, in early June. It will be directed by Lily Ann Green and Eddie Coleman is to be Tour Manager.
  • In a coup for the Tower, it has secured the rights to the stage adaptation of Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. This will also been seen at the Bridewell Theatre (in July) before transferring to the Minack Theatre in Cornwall for the week of August 13th - 17th. It will be directed by Dan Usztan.
Further details of both of these will be available soon.


Fees to increase from June 1st

Company and Friends membership fees are a key source of income for the Tower, but these have not gone up for almost 20 years. Our costs continue to increase every year so the Management Committee has now decided to increase these fees from 1st June. Also, since the merger in 2015 of the Tower Theatre Company with Tavistock Repertory Guarantors Limited, we need to make some changes to our bank accounts. This means those who currently pay by standing order will need to change the account they pay.

As part of this change we are also introducing direct debits as a new and more efficient way for everyone to pay. The new fees will be :
  • Friends membership £20/year - payable by cheque, debit card or direct debit
  • Company membership will be £60/year if you set up a direct debit either as an annual amount or in four quarterly payments of £15. If you don't pay by direct debit, membership will be £65/year.
  • Company membership for students and those under 21 will be £30/year payable annually
We will be sending out further information, including details of how to set up direct debits - which is really easy to do online - to everyone individually when their current subscriptions are close to expiring.

Emily Frith


Liberal Democrat candidate for Lewisham East

Tower member Emily Frith has been selected as a candidate in the forthcoming General Election.

Details here!.


Production returns in June

Following its near sell-out run at Theatro Technis, Artistic Director Martin Mulgrew has been able secure a slot Upstairs at the Gatehouse for a further eight performances of the show.

Full details here.

Kindertransport Q and A


Two fascinating Q and A sessions

Ruth Barnett
Ruth Barnett
During the recent run of Kindertransport we were delighted to welcome three guests who saw the show and then joined in Question and Answer sessions with the audience and cast after two of the performances.

Ruth Barnett and Ernest Simon travelled to England on the Kindertransport in 1939 and spoke movingly about their experiences. Ruth travelled from Berlin to Coventry, and Ernest from Vienna to Leeds.

The third guest was Bradley Hillier Smith, a freelance journalist and political campaigner focussing on the ongoing refugee crisis and criticising UK government policy.

Thanks to all three for their insights, and thanks also to Pat Grosse who chaired the discussion after the Thursday performance.

Ernest Simon
Ernest Simon
Bradley Hillier Smith
Bradley Hillier Smith

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 2017 - performances are between June 6th and 11th. 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.

The play will performed in London in May at the Bridewell Theatre prior to the tour in early June.

More details here about London performances and the Paris tour.


A great success - who'd like another one?

On Saturday 25th February the first director's workshop took place and was a real success. Louise Bakker led a session on an excerpt from Ibsen's Hedda Gabler with Asma Mani as Hedda, Andy Marchant as Tesman and Lucy Acfield as Thea.

These sessions are designed to give new directors an opportunity to try out their techniques, and practise everything from basic rehearsal time management to the more elusive elements of directing a show. The workshops will continue to be scheduled on an ad hoc basis, so if any existing directors, or aspiring directors who have already AD'd on a production would like to run one, please contact Louise Bakker to schedule this.


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.