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Trevor Williams
Trevor as Malvolio in Twelfth Night (1993)

TREVOR WILLIAMS

We're sorry to report the death of Trevor Williams, who passed away on December 2nd. He was a member of the Company for 40 years, joining in about 1960. He served as the Theatre Company Chairman, and was a Board member of Tavistock Repertory Guarantors Ltd for many years.

As an actor, he appeared in over 20 shows, mainly Shakespeare and other classical drama. He, with his wife Kirsten, were also instrumental in arranging our early visits to Paris with the Tower's annual open-air Shakespeare productions in the Bois de Boulogne.

Our condolences to Kirsten and to his family. The funeral will be on Thursday December 15th - contact the Tower office for further details.


Trevor Williams
The Way of the World (1963)
Trevor Williams
Peace at Home (1965)
Trevor Williams
Sharp Turns (1994)
Trevor Williams
Much Ado About Nothing (1997)

Tour to the USA

2017 TOUR TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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


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

Wondering what America will be like under Donald Trump?

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

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 show has now been cast - details here.

Have a nice day!


Much Ado About Nothing

SECOND TOUR - TO PARIS - ANNOUNCED FOR 2017


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 Junen 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 at Theatro Technis prior to the tour between May .

More details here about auditions and the Paris tour.

APPOINTMENT OF ASSISTANT ARTISTIC DIRECTORS


Chairman Harry Reeder announces three new appointments
 

The Tower is pleased to announce the appointment of three new Assistant Artistic Directors (AADs) to join the Artistic Team. Under a new structure for the team, each AAD will have a responsibility for a specific area of Artistic Policy as well as being responsible for helping shape overall artistic policy.

The new Assistant Artistic Directors are :
Jacqui Marchant-Adams, with responsibility for co-ordination with the Publicity Team and to assist with securing rights.
Rob Ellis, with responsibility for new community and members engagement and co-ordination with the Technical Team.
Louise Bakker, with responsibility for co-ordinating the Assistant Director scheme.

Dan Uzstan will remain as an AAD with principal responsibility for securing rights.

More information about each of the team is here.

The purpose of the new roles is to have stronger lines of engagement between the Artistic Team and the Publicity and Technical Teams.

The Artistic Team is looking forward to working together with the Publicity Team to develop areas such as a broader Schools programme. Jacqui Marchant-Adams will take the lead on this for the Artistic Team.

The Artistic Team is also looking at ways to try to engage groups and communities in and around London to increase and broaden our membership. Rob Ellis will take the lead on this for the Artistic Team.

We will also aim to grow our base of potential Directors with the Assistant Directors scheme. Louise Bakker, working closely with established Tower directors, will take the lead on this aspect of artistic policy.

These are exciting times and we believe this a very strong team to take the Tower Theatre artistic policy forward in the next few years and build on the excellent work of the last few years.

If you have any questions concerning artistic policy please feel free to contact the Artistic Director, Martin Mulgrew or speak to a member of the team.


2016 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING


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.



GET CREATIVE

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.