Measure for Measure

by William Shakespeare. Directed by George Savona.
Measure for Measure

Wednesday 22 May – Saturday 25 May and
Tuesday 28 May – Saturday 1 June at 7.30pm.
Matinées on Saturdays 25 May and 1 June at 3pm.

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

The law hath not been dead, though it hath slept 

Concerned that the code of law has become relaxed under his governance, benevolent Duke Vincentio steps aside temporarily in favour of his strait-laced deputy, Angelo. Corruption and chaos ensue. Set during the English Commonwealth of the mid-17th Century, this production highlights the code of Puritanism and current issues around rights, consent and the disparity between law and justice. 

One of William Shakespeare’s darkest comedies, the play explores themes of justice, morality, and the abuse of power. It presents a complex and thought-provoking examination of human nature and the consequences of strict legalism.

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Wednesday 22 May at 7.30pm
Thursday 23 May at 7.30pm
Friday 24 May at 7.30pm
Saturday 25 May at 3pm **
Saturday 25 May at 7.30pm
Tuesday 28 May at 7.30pm
Wednesday 29 May at 7.30pm
Thursday 30 May at 7.30pm
Friday 31 May at 7.30pm
Saturday 1 June at 3pm
Saturday 1 June at 7.30pm

** On the morning of Saturday 25 May there will be a workshop hosted by the Director, George Savona, on ‘The Language of Measure For Measure‘. This is free for those having tickets for the matinée performance that day. More details and book a place here.

Cast
Duke Vincentio : Nic Campos
Isabella : Ella Dale
Angelo : Patrick Shearer
Lucio : Luke Owen
Escalus : Landé Belo
Provost : BeEbop Curaçao
Elbow : Steve Saxby
Pompey : Sam D’Leon
Claudio : Jake Williams
Mariana : Cymbre Barnes
Mistress Overdone : Katie Smith
Juliet : To be cast
Abhorson : Katie Smith
Master Froth : Nat Barker
Barnadine : Christopher Lloyd-James
Friar Thomas : Stephen Deavill
Friar Peter : Christopher Lloyd-James
Francisca : Cymbre Barnes
First Gentleman : Tom Warner
Second Gentleman : Nat Barker
Ensemble : Nat Barker, Stephen Deavill, Tom Warner

Production Team
Director : George Savona
Scenic Artist : Penny Herridge
Costume Design : Christine Bowmaker
Lighting Design : Alex Kampmann
Sound Design : Rob Irvine
Stage Manager : Jack Pattison
Assistant Director : Krishmeela Rittoo
ASM : Thea Fitzgerald
Assistant Costume Designers : Laura Coulton, Lucy Moss
Music Consultant : Tamsin Lewis
Dialogue Coach : Simon Taylor
Movement Coach : Alyona Kazarova

Ella DaleElla Dale started acting at the age of eleven, when she was cast as the lead role of Katie-Ann in Katie-Ann’s Blog, a BBC Radio 4 drama series, playing opposite Roy Hudd. Since then, she has performed in numerous other plays for BBC Radio 4, including War and Peace and The Story of the Lost Child; she also narrated the Costa Short Story Book Award entry Scrimshaw. Ella also has experience in voice acting; she voiced Monumetal in Sony’s hit video game Demon’s Souls. She has been a member of National Youth Theatre since 2017 and whilst studying French at King’s College London, she was involved in numerous productions including playing Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest and Ida in Wolves Are Coming For You. She most recently played Bobbie in The Railway Children at the Old Court, Windsor. This will be Ella’s debut performance at the Tower.
Luke OwenLuke Owen is making his fourth appearance for the Tower as Lucio. He was most recently seen as the enigmatic, mop-wielding Boson in Mosquitoes, before which he appeared in Talk Radio (Stu) and Henry V (Dauphin/Scroop/others). Luke previously lived in Norwich, where his acting credits included King Lear (Duke of Albany), Twelfth Night (Sir Andrew), Flare Path (Teddy), The Comedy of Errors (Antipholus of Ephesus), A Christmas Carol (Bob Cratchit), The Producers (Carmen Ghia) and Fiddler on the Roof (Motel). Luke is also a scriptwriter; his play Unscorched won the Papatango New Writing Prize in 2013 and premiered at the Finborough Theatre, earning a four-star review from Michael Billington in The Guardian. He currently has two movies in development, one of which has just been optioned by a major independent production company that hopes to start filming in 2024/5.
Landé BeloLandé Belo’s acting credits with the Tower include Francine/Lena in Clybourne Park, multiple characters in Doctor Faustus, Prudence in The House of Bernarda Alba, Pope Joan/Louise in Top Girls, Jellaby in Arcadia, Cynthia in Sweat and Queen Elizabeth in Richard III. As director: Fix Up (2019); I can’t breathe: being black in a time of Covid (part of the Love [and Survival] Festival) (2021), Mules (2021), Leave Taking (2022) and The Gift (2023). As producer: In Hiding (2023). Next up is Ain’t I A Woman? in July 2024, part of Landé’s initiative to promote black, female voices in theatre.
BeEbop CuraçaoBeEbop Curaçao is an actor, vocalist and multi-disciplinary artist. Accredited through LAMDA, Guildhall, Rising Tide, IMW, City Lit and others, she has worked in music and television in various capacities, including presenting and curatorial roles. She advocates theatre as a critical platform for activism in exploring concepts of identity, transformation, and social change. She has performed in various Tower Theatre plays, co-curated Tower Theatre podcasts, played Speaker in PMQ and assistant-directed on Nine Night, recently recorded two radio dramas and played a Tango-dancing Chef in Fine Dining at the Canal Cafe Theatre.
Steven SaxbySteven Saxby began treading the boards as a child and has acted in various shows with local companies, including as Curly in Oklahama, the Duke of Dunstable in Patience, a rat, a beaver and the villain in pantomimes, and numerous exuberant characters in music hall performances. Previously his only Shakespearean role was Mustardseed in A Midsummer’s Nights Dream, so he is delighted to be playing Elbow in this, his first, production with the Tower Theatre Company.
Sam D’LeonSam D’Leon is a graduate of the Academy of Live & Recorded Arts (1990). Currently he has been acting in short films and he works regularly as a musician. This is his second production at The Tower Theatre; last year he played the Snake and the Geographer in The Little Prince. Previous acting roles include Constantine in The Seagull, Touchstone in As You Like It, Bronterre O’Brian Price in Major Barbara, Geovani in ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore and Keith Burgess in Stage Door. He has also performed as a mime and clown in theme parks and special events and as a juggler in night clubs.
Jake WilliamsThis is Jake Williams’s first play for the Tower Theatre. Before re-training as a primary school teacher, Jake spent 6 years working as an actor. He acted in a variety of shows and films during this time including Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth.
Cymbre BarnesThis is Cymbre Barnes‘s second show with the Tower; she appeared as Jessica in the 2021 production of The Merchant of Venice. Throughout her childhood and time at the Guildford School of Acting, she was involved in many productions. Most notably, her enthusiasm for theatre began at age 10 with the lead role in Annie at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. In her day job, Cymbre works in the city as a Financial Planner.
Katie SmithSince joining the Tower Theatre in 2013 Katie Smith has performed in a number of productions including Under The Blue Sky, An Enemy of the People, Clybourne Park, Sherlock Holmes, Sweat, Penny from Heaven (the Tower’s Love [and Survival] in a Time of Covid festival), Passing the Spoon, Waiting for Grotto for the Tower’s Writers’ Room, Lynndie (in a fetching clown costume) in Lynndie’s Gotta Gun and The Gift. Katie most recently directed Bertha and Hal for Spring Forward; her first time directing for the Tower.
Nat BarkerNat Barker is a journalist. Measure for Measure will be his second production at the Tower, after playing Cliff in Seagulls in summer 2023.
Christopher Lloyd-JamesChristopher Lloyd-James joined the Tower Theatre in February this year and this is his first Tower production. After a very long gap he started acting again seven years ago & appeared in Rumble! at the Drayton Arms Theatre in 2022. He has also appeared in a number of short films and music video.
Stephen DeavilleThis will be Stephen Deaville‘s first production for the Tower Theatre company and he is excited to be kicking things off with a Shakespearean production, bringing his experience of successful open air productions of Twelfth Night as Orsino, Ferdinand in The Tempest, and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet. A regular on the Hertfordshire theatre circuit, Stephen’s recent performances include Roland in Constellations, Larry in Closer, and Lt George in Blackadder Goes Forth at the Barn Theatre in Hertfordshire. He is also in a production of The Bright and Bold Design this April in Hertford.
George SavonaThis will be George Savona‘s fourth Shakespeare production – after A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear and Macbeth, as well as other work of the period by Jonson (The Alchemist) and Marston (The Dutch Courtesan) – and his second production at the Tower, after PMQ. Most recently, he directed a Caryl Churchill double-bill at Questors (Escaped Alone and What If If Only), and one by Christine Fox (Fine Dining and Boar Intent) which recently completed its run at the Canal Cafe Theatre.
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