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Table Manners

Wednesday March 18 @ 7:30 pm

£11 – £12
The Norman Conquests

Annie has arranged to spend an illicit weekend with her sister Ruth’s husband Norman, and for this reason has asked her elder brother Reg and his wife Sarah to look after the house and their widowed mother. It is generally assumed by all that Annie ought to pair off with neighbour Tom, but her attempts to communicate this to him never seem to penetrate. And the one consistent ambition throughout the weekend is that of assistant librarian Norman’s attempts to seduce all three women.

Alan Ayckbourn’s comic masterpiece consists of three interconnecting plays, Table Manners, Living Together and Round and Round the Garden. All three take place over the same Summer weekend, in the same house but from a different perspective — the dining room, the living room and the garden.

Each play is complete in itself and can be watched individually. See two plays in any order and observe how different rooms throw up new and exciting perspectives. But be warned, watch all three to complete the puzzle and you will want to see them all again!

After our sold-out rehearsed reading of Way Upstream, this production marks the second part of the Tower Theatre’s celebration of Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s 80th birthday year. We look forward to welcoming you to this once in a lifetime opportunity to experience The Norman Conquests trilogy in its rarely performed entirety.

- Book in advance for any 2 plays to receive a £2 discount
- Book in advance for all 3 plays to receive a £5 discount

This multi-play discount only applies when booked in advance and at the same time:

Photography by David Sprecher



Production Team

Annie : Rosie Louden
Tom : Andy Murton
Sarah : Helen McGill
Reg : Paul Graves
Ruth : Ruth Sullivan
Norman : Simon Vaughan

Music played by :
Colin Guthrie (piano)
Matthew Gardner (violin)
Daniel Gardner (cello)
Director : Victor Craven
Set Design : Jude Chalk
Costume Design : Peter Westbury and Sheila Burbidge
Lighting Design : Stephen Ley
Sound Design and Music Composition : Colin Guthrie
Movement Director : Ruth Sullivan
Fight Director : Richard Kirby

Stage Manager : Dinah Irvine
Assistant Directors : Jon Gilmartin and Sharita Oomeer
Assistant Stage Manager : Wayne Gilbart
Lighting Operator : George Sherrard
Sound Operator : Jonathan Norris
This is Rosie Louden’s first (and second, and third!) production with Tower Theatre, and she’s delighted to kick off with such a challenging and fun trilogy of plays. Rosie trained as an actor at both The Oxford School of Drama, and Cygnet Training Theatre. Following this she had a brief spell acting professionally on stage in London and the South West which included a performance at Shakespeare’s Globe. Recent credits include Lois in For Services Rendered (Questors), Tamara in Taking Sides (Questors), Hermia in A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream (Lion and Unicorn Theatre), Olivia in Twelfth Night (tour), Jane in Jane Eyre (tour) and Sophie in Strawberries in January (King’s Head Theatre). Rosie is thrilled to join the Tower Company and such a talented cast and crew in this fabulous trilogy.
Andy Murton has appeared in 10 productions with the Tower since 2012 and was last seen playing Charles Dickens in Little Nell in 2015. His theatre credits include roles of Timon of Athens and Falstaff in rep at Cambridge Shakespeare Festival, Daughter (Pleasance Theatre), Loaded (Harrogate Theatre), Afterplay (Bridewell Theatre), Another Northern Man (Hope Theatre) and Absolute Certainty and Lost Unfound (White Bear Theatre). He is currently touring a one man stage show in a re-telling of classic ghost stories. Film credits include the role of Oz in Award Winning British Independent feature film Above the Clouds, Detective David Andrews in forthcoming crime thriller Lily and a featured role in Let Me Go with Juliet Stevenson.
This is Helen McGill's eleventh production with the Tower, having performed in King Charles III, Di and Viv and Rose, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Priory, Time and The Conways, Marching Song, Chalet Lines and Dumb Show in previous seasons. Helen has also performed with Putney Arts Theatre, where she played the role of Phoebe in Party. Before arriving in London in 2013, she acted with companies in Liverpool where her roles included Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Yelena in Uncle Vanya.
Paul GravesThis is Paul Graves's fourth production with the Tower Theatre following on from his performances in The Canterbury Tales (The Priest), Trainspotting (Renton) and 1984 (Winston). With Putney Theatre Company he has appeared in Treasure Island (Live Foley), The Tempest (Sebastian) and As You Like It (Touchstone) and was a set designer on SEDOS's immersive production Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made Of for which he won the 2017 NODA prize for innovation. Between working on productions he has taken courses with the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, the RSC, Les Enfants and Punchdrunk.
Ruth SullivanRuth Sullivan joined the Tower in 2007 and has performed, directed, choreographed and designed sound for many productions. Her most recent shows as an actor include Happy Days, Kindertransport and Frozen. Directing credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Sea, The Last Five Years, The Maids, Macbeth and, most recently, King Charles III. As a Foley Artist, her work in TV and film includes Belgravia, Bodyguard, Killing Eve, The Death of Stalin, Downton Abbey, Spooks, Eyes Wide Shut, Mamma Mia!, 28 Days Later and The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, for which she won an Emmy. She also works in the theatre performing live sound effects and is a regular performer in Simon McBurney's production of The Magic Flute.
This is Simon Vaughan's fourth production with the Tower Company after appearing as the loud mouth shock-jock Barry Champlain in Talk Radio, Fluellen/Alice in Henry V, and Thomas Killigrew in Nell Gwynn. Recent roles for other companies include Edward Little in Shoot the Bugger, Charles Dickens in Sikes and Nancy, and Eric/Llewellyn in Loveplay. When not acting, he can be found performing folk songs or sword dancing instead.
Victor CravenFor the Tower Theatre Victor Craven has directed Way Upstream, The Habit of Art, Comic Potential, On Religion and Blackbird. Other directing credits include What Do You Do With An Idea? (London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican Hall); Voyager (London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican Hall & Granada Theater, Santa Barbara); Game Over (London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican Hall); A Chip in the Sugar, Her Big Chance, Bed Among the Lentils and A Lady of Letters (Landor Theatre); Lettice and Lovage, Ten Times Table, Relatively Speaking, Confusions, One For the Road, Habeas Corpus and Toad of Toad Hall.



Victor Craven

Wednesday March 18th
7:30 pm
£11 – £12


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020 7353 1700


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Table Manners - Wed 18th Mar 2020 - 7:30pm - Standard Ticket (multi-play discount applied at checkout. Friends’/Members’ discount applied at checkout when logged in.)£12.00
Table Manners - Wed 18th Mar 2020 - 7:30pm - Concession Ticket (multi-play discount applied at checkout.)£11.00