The Tower Theatre : Planning for the future

Announcement from the Artistic Director

Last week the Tower Theatre took the drastic and unprecedented step of closing its doors in order to assist in slowing the spread of covid-19, a new disease the effect of which is not yet clearly known.  The big question everyone is asking is when will I be able to get back on stage? 

The Tower works at its best when it works together and supports one another.  Going forward the Tower has one sole agenda and objective to get the theatre operating viably as soon as possible for the benefit of its members and wider audience.   This announcement is to keep you as informed as best as possible as to what steps the Tower is taking to meet that objective.  During the past week, I, along with other core teams, have been working towards re-programming the 2020/21 artistic year.  There have been discussions with individual directors as how best to achieve this objective.   

Paris 2020 – The Merchant of Venice
The cast and crew of The Merchant of Venice have agreed to cancel this show and re-schedule it for Paris 2021. I am delighted that Paris has agreed the dates for the 2021 production (30th May 21 to 7th June 21).  My thanks to Peter and his cast and crew for being understanding in this difficult situation given that they were all but ready to perform.

Minack 2020 – The Great Gatsby  The Minack management intends, where possible, to continue performing their summer 2020 artistic programme. The Great Gatsby falls towards the end of this programme (31st Aug to 4th Sept). They, along with the Tower, agree that hopefully we will be out of this current situation by the end of August. So as announced last week, The Great Gatsby will be performed at the Minack in August 2020 unless advised otherwise. We hope that rehearsals for Minack will begin later in the summer when restrictions are lifted. The director will be in touch with the cast and crew to discuss. The London run will be re-scheduled for later in the year. 

The remainder of the 20/21 artistic year To try and give directors, casts, and crews as much certainty as we can in the current climate we are discussing various options. These options will be discussed with individual directors and will be communicated to the wider membership once we have more clarity.  Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions.

Thank you for your continuing patience, cooperation, and support.

Martin Mulgrew
(Artistic Director)

Video of the Q & A session about “Sweat”

A Question and Answer session chaired by the director of “Sweat”, Ian Hoare, with Dr Nicole King (who lectures in American Literature & Culture at Goldsmith College, University of London) and Dr Theresa Saxon, (a founder member of the Institute for Black Atlantic Research at the University of Lancashire).

Work to install the lift is going well

The work to build the new lift shaft has reached the half way stage. The structure has now reached the first floor level and a breakthrough in the wall between the lift shaft and the theatre auditorium has been made. When you come to see Sweat you will notice temporary panelling stage left which closes off the opening. The roofing work will follow very soon and then the finishing work on the lobbies can start. The lift company will be putting the manufacture of the lift in hand as soon as we give the final go ahead.

Although Nicola Stanhope has raised some funds through Trusts and Charities, there is still some money needed to get the mechanism in place. If you feel you can donate even a two figure sum, please ring the office who can take payments so please help to make the final push. Having a working lift will make such a difference to so many of our audience.

Pop-Up Cinema at the Tower!

Join us at the Tower for our first-ever pop-up cinema. Taking place over two weekends – 24th to 26th January, and 30th January to 01 February, we’re showing a wide range of great films for all ages. Seats are limited so buy your tickets here now!

Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick

It is regretted that the first show at the Tower Theatre in 2020 is cancelled.

Due to production difficulties, it is not possible to present this show for the time being. It is expected that it will be rescheduled later in the year.

Customers who have bought tickets will be refunded shortly.

Audition Notice – “Mules”

Wanted: Women to traffic drugs.  That’s the job.  There’s cash, international travel, a chance to make it big.  Risks include violence, betrayal, incarceration, death.”

Auditions for Mules will take place on 10, 12, and 14 March at the Tower Theatre – for more information, please see the audition notice here, RSVP, and submit your contact and other details via the online form.

Mules is a ‘no holds barred’ tale of disparate (and at times, desperate) young women who get caught up in the international drug trade as drug couriers or “mules”, whether to escape poverty and victimhood or to acquire wealth and power in a world where they are systematically excluded.

Mules was commissioned by Clean Break Theatre Company and premiered at the Royal Court Upstairs in April 1996.  Winsome Pinnock is an award-winning British playwright, described in The Guardian as “the godmother of black British playwrights”.