The Fan

by Carlo Goldoni, adapted and translated by G. Ritter and Helen Zimmern.  Directed by Flavia Di Saverio.
The Fan

Wednesday 17 – Saturday 20 April and
Tuesday 23 – Saturday 27 April at 7.30pm.
Matinées on Saturdays 20 and 27 April at 3pm.

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

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Wednesday 17 April at 7.30pm
Thursday 18 April at 7.30pm
Friday 19 April at 7.30pm
Saturday 20 April at 3pm
Saturday 20 April at 7.30pm
Tuesday 23 April at 7.30pm
Wednesday 24 April at 7.30pm
Thursday 25 April at 7.30pm
Friday 26 April at 7.30pm
Saturday 27 April at 3pm
Saturday 27 April at 7.30pm

Running time : 2hr 20min including a 15 min interval


I never thought my fan would pass through so many hands!

The innocent flutter of a fan in a quaint Italian village sees holidaying Signor Evaristo pay a visit to Candida, the object of his affection. The fan is broken, and – guilt-stricken – Evaristo determines to deliver a replacement via his trusted friend Giannina. What follows is a whirlwind of farce as the fan passes through the hands of an assortment of villagers in a chain reaction of chaos, confusion and misunderstanding.

Laugh out loud at the uproarious ensemble of colourful characters who bring to life this classic tale by Italy’s master of Commedia, Carlo Goldoni. 

Cast
Signor Evaristo : Michael Neckam (Mikhail Ushakov)
Barone del Cedro : Richard Patient
Limoncino : Kelly Guibal
Signora Candida : Alice Han-Thomas
Signora Geltruda : Sangita Modgil
Conte di Rocca Marina : Matthew Ibbotson
Timoteo : Julie Joubert
Crespino : Iacopo Farusi
Coronato : Sean McMullan
Scavezzo : Scarlett Malone
Giannina : Teo Mechetiuc
Moracchio : Stephanie Irvine
Susanna : Catalina Lütz
Tognino : Caroline Cromwell

Production Team
Director : Flavia Di Saverio
Set Design : Petra Wonham
Costume Design : Emma Efkeman and Jackie Robinson
Lighting Design : Samuel Littley
Sound Design : Rob Ellis
Composer : Cyrus Atkinson
Choreographer and Movement Coach : Giaele Mattioli
Stage Manager : Nichola Vasey
Assistant Director : Sophia Chrisafis
Deputy Stage Manager : Jacqui Dickson
Assistant Stage Manager : Rachel Bothamley
Lighting Operator : Laurence Tuerk
Sound Operator : Kaushal Ginige
Prop Maker : Angela Large
Set Construction and Get-In : Jude Chalk, Catherine Shaw, Max Batty, Ruby Omara, Olga Walkowska, Fiona Tabastot, Millie Weston, Victoria Wells, Flo Bertolini, Steve Webster, Keith Syrett, Alex Burton, Andy Hind, Gary O’Keefe & members of the cast and crew. 

Photography by Jason Harris

Michael Neckam (Mikhail Ushakov)Michael Neckam (Mikhail Ushakov) is a Russian-born British actor. He gained a degree at the oldest theatre institute in Moscow. To pursue a dream of being a huge master of his craft this young actor was forced to seek exile in Kazakhstan and Turkey on his way to London. Michael has enormous creativity and a powerful desire to excel, and also particular openness and sensitivity to the opportunity art gives to change society and bring people together. The Fan with the Tower is his first show in the UK.
Richard PatientThe Fan is Richard Patient’s first performance with the Tower and marks his return to performing after almost 10 years. In his home town of Southampton he had roles in Macbeth, Measure for Measure, and an original ghost story, A Ring of Roses. His background has been primarily in light opera and musical theatre, with performances in shows such as The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore, as well as directing productions of Princess Ida and Sweeney Todd.
Kelly GuibalThis is Kelly Guibal‘s second production with the Tower Theatre; she appeared in Under Milk Wood last year. Kelly is a French actress, raised in Spain, who studied in New York and currently living in London. Her credits include As You Like It as Rosalind, A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Puck and The Importance of Being Earnest as Cecily Cardew. She is thrilled to be back on stage sharing for the first time at the Tower some Commedia dell’arte!
Alice Han-ThomasAlice Han-Thomas is an actor, writer and director from east London. Born in France, raised in a British Pakistani and French Vietnamese household, both English and French are her native languages. Alice is in her final year of university, filming her two graduate films, both of which she is directing and one which she has written. Previously, Alice has written & produced the short queer comedy Fluid & Open. Both her films will be screened at the BFI Imax in June.
Sangita ModgilBorn to Indian parents who immigrated to the UK from East Africa, Sangita Modgil grew up performing in Indian cultural plays in North London. She continued to act at University and then many (many!) years later joined the Tower Theatre, first appearing in Henry V. The Fan is her fifth show with the Tower, having last appeared in Twelfth Night and before that in Kensuke’s Kingdom.
Matthew IbbotsonMatthew Ibbotson joined the Tower in 2018 and has appeared in productions of Kafka’s Dick, To Kill A Mockingbird, Gainsborough’s Girls, A Passage to India, Bouncers, Twelfth Night, The Boy Who Fell Into A Book and most recently Labour of Love. When not acting, he can often be found in the Tech Box providing sound design or operating lights; he also directed the short play Strange Enchantment for the Tower in 2021.
Julie JoubertJulie Joubert is a writer and theatre practitioner based in London. Born and bred in Paris, she initially focused on bringing modern French theatre to London audiences: acting in productions of Jean Cocteau’s Orpheus at the Bloomsbury Studio and Nathalie Sarraute’s Isma at the Camden People’s Theatre, as well as directing Marcel Pagnol’s Topaze at the Etcetera. Her literary work is featured in the Hampstead Literary Society journal. She is delighted to take part in her first production at the Tower!
Iacopo FarusiIacopo Farusi hails from Italy and has Argentinian and Ashkenazi roots. Given all that, he speaks surprisingly few languages, and none particularly well. Let alone acting in them. While Iacopo has been in other plays before, such as Baal with Sedos and Henry IV with KDC, he wouldn’t want this fact to unduly raise the audience’s expectations regarding his performance today. He has not acted with the Tower in the past, a wise course of action that should perhaps not have been abandoned, but has assistant-directed on Breaking the Code in 2019. Iacopo has directed another play by Carlo Goldoni – The Mistress of the Inn, for KDC – and by joining the cast of The Fan he hopes to again add his (entirely unnecessary, if not counterproductive) contribution to the playwright’s recognition within Inner London.
Sean McMullanBorn and raised in Torquay, Sean McMullan has now been with the Tower for almost ten years, previously appearing in The Producers, Travesties, Chancers, Charley’s Aunt, An Enemy of the People and Improbable Fiction. Previous roles elsewhere include Sidney (Deathtrap), Scapino (Scapino), Charlie Brown (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown) and various personages in Happy as a Sandbag. Sean also plays trumpet in the Big Swing Band and others.
Scarlett MaloneScarlett Malone is an actor, writer, theatre maker & creative entrepreneur born & based in East London. She says “I’m a big time theatre nerd & mega excited to be part of this production; comedia d’el arte is such a fun form of theatre and working with this company is always a joy! Don’t be shy – come have a chin wag after the show xx”. This is Scarlett’s second play at the Tower Theatre; her first was Under Milk Wood last year. Other recent credits include 24 Day: A Measure of My Dreams (Almeida Theatre), Alternative Miss World (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre) and Instructions On Being Alone (R&D for Missing Theatre). Scarlett is also the director of Culford Theatre CIC, a space for early career creatives in the performing arts, offering free workshops, PWYC space hire and more. You can find out more about Scarlett’s work here.
Teo MechetiucTeo Mechetiuc is very excited to be making her Tower Theatre debut in The Fan since joining the company in December 2023. Teo is Romanian-Canadian and a lover of the arts since a very young age, having appeared in fringe theatre, musicals and TV in Montreal, Canada. Her recent performances in London include Judy in 9 to 5 and Usherette in The Producers.
Stephanie IrvineThe Fan is Stephanie Irvine’s fifth production with the Tower, following Richard III (2023), Improbable Fiction (2022), Coram Boy (2022) and Mules (2021). Before that she performed in Lysistrata and As You Like It at the Arcola Theatre. Stephanie, who is Scottish, used to be a radio journalist at the BBC World Service and now works for an environmental charity.
Catalina LützCatalina Lütz is an actress and voice-over artist born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She obtained her degree in Performing Arts in Buenos Aires and decided to enhance her acting skills by studying in different schools in New York. She moved to London in 2017 and since then she has appeared in productions of No Exit, Still Harriet and Alerta, amongst others. She is excited to take part in her first Tower performance!
Caroline CromwellCaroline Cromwell is an American actress based in London. This is her third production with the Tower Theatre; she previously appeared in Under Milk Wood and in Coram Boy (which performed both in London and at the Minack Theatre). She received her MFA in Acting from East 15. Other recent credits The River at the Corbett Theatre, Incognito at the Bridewell Theatre, A Christmas Carol at East 15 and As You Like It during East 15’s Residency at the Globe Theatre.
Flavia Di SaverioFlavia Di Saverio has been treading the boards in amateur theatre since she was a child, joining the Tower Theatre in 2018. In almost three decades of on-and-off theatre activity, she has combined her passion for foreign languages with the stage, performing in Italian, English, Spanish and French. Since 2012, Flavia has directed and co-directed plays such as Black Comedy and Our Town, as well as readings and educational theatre. For the Tower, Flavia has directed the short plays The Interview for Ghost Stories, and Lynndie’s Gotta Gun, as part of Spring Forward, and she was Assistant Director on Kensuke’s Kingdom. Flavia is a translator, and a transformational coach. Her approach to directing draws on her professional skills – working with the written word, attention to detail and empathy, all play a big part in her process. A lover of dance and music, she enjoys playing with movement and rhythm, and she takes most pleasure in partnering with an actor through their character’s journey.
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