New Year Honours for Tower Theatre alumni

We’re delighted to report that awards have been made to Michael Kuhn and William Dudley.

Michael Kuhn

Michael Kuhn has been awarded a CBE for services to the film industry. He appeared as Alphonse in David Taylor’s 1975 production of The Boy Friend and went on to win a play writing completion with Rehearsals. This was a fascinating take on the personalities of two actors seen filming the roles of Rommel and Montgomery. It was given a production at the Tower in 1983. His career took him to Polygram Filmed Entertainment which included a long spell in Hollywood. He set up Qwerty Films – an independent production company and is Chair of the National Film and Television School.

The Boy Friend (1975)
Michael (far right) in the Tower Theatre’s 1975 production of The Boy Friend, directed by David Taylor

William Dudley

William Dudley has been awarded an OBE for services to theatre design. Known at the Tower as Bill he came first as a schoolboy and learned and contributed a lot at get-ins and as a designer. He was active at the the Tower from about 1964 to 1970, and acted, designed and worked backstage on around 40 shows. Notable productions he designed were Mandragola 1966 (set), The White Devil 1969 (set), Belcher’s Luck 1969 (set and lighting), and Alice in Wonderland 1969 (lighting). He also was a favourite performer at Music Halls and played parts in Saved, The Car Cemetery, Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Entertainer amongst others. For many years he was President of the Friends and his talks about his adventures in designing plays and operas worldwide were much enjoyed.

Two Gentlemen of Verona
Bill Dudley (left) in the Tower Theatre’s 1969 production of Two Gentlemen of Verona, directed by Bill Morrison