The car park at the rear of the Tower Theatre has been sold and we have new neighbours – Artform, which carries out high quality medium sized developments, has purchased the site and construction of 8 flats is now well advanced. Completion is expected in the last quarter of this year.
Our pedestrian access to the rear of the building will remain open throughout.
We’re delighted to announce that we have secured a grant towards the costs of re-opening the building …
GOOD NEWS! A grant application to the Theatre Reopening Fund, administered by the Theatres Trust, was successful. This means that we have been able to install the kit needed to make our theatre as safe as we can make it against Covid. The items include, amongst other things, perspex screens for the bar and dressing room and a fogging machine.
Thanks especially to Rosanna Preston and Jude Chalk for putting the bid together.
We can now look forward to getting the theatre open (in a Covid secure way) as soon as we are permitted to do so.
While the theatre is closed, we were able to press ahead with several building projects, which are now complete.
The lift is now installed and working.
The shiny new roof over the dressing room and back stage areas has been completed and the air conditioning units replaced. No longer will casts and stage managers wonder if bits of the ceiling are going to fall on their heads when it rains
The top flight of the main staircase up to the theatre has been rebuilt to make it wider. This will increase the safe capacity of the theatre and make it faster for audiences to enter and leave the auditorium
Pictures (clockwise from top left)
Jamie, the lift engineer, taking an inaugural trip on the new lift platform
Looking up the lift shaft through the roof of the new lift car
Getting ready to cast the new concrete staircase
Air conditioning units being re-instated on the new roof
During this period of lock-down Members and Friends are unable to receive all the normal benefits of being part of the Tower Theatre. To compensate for this the Management Committee has agreed that, when we re-open, subscriptions then active will be extended by the duration our building has been closed.
The Tower shut its doors on March 17th and when rehearsals and other things can happen again we will know how long to extend your subscriptions. At that point, all paid-up friends’ and members’ subscriptions will be extended by the relevant period. In due course, when the office is operating again, there will be further contact but I thought you would like to know now that your subscriptions will be extended. Meanwhile, please continue to support the Tower and pay your subscriptions as normal.
When we emerge from lockdown, we will have lost significant revenue from our cancelled productions and will ask members and friends whether they would be prepared to support us by retaining their original renewal dates, rather than opting for the extension.
In the meantime I’d like to thank Ruth Sullivan for the marvellous job she is doing by keeping us all in the picture through the weekly Noises Off and to all those involved in the blogs and virtual play readings which keep the Tower family actively together.
I’m looking forward to us being able to get started again but in the meantime please stay safe and well.
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).
This Wednesday saw a huge milestone being reached by long term performer on the Tower stage Tom Tillery. It was 60 years to the day since he stepped out to play a Venetian Lord in Othello in a 1959 production. Tom’s appearance in Tower’s latest show, Sam Holcroft’s Rules for Living marks his 170th production.
After the show’s curtain call Artistic Director, Martin Mulgrew, stepped forward to congratulate Tom on his many years with the company and to present him with a commemorative plaque. Company chairman, David Taylor, also presented Tom with a framed photo of some of his many roles. Tom joked, “I’ll leave it in my will”. The cheering audience rightly gave the veteran actor a standing ovation.
Rules for Living has had incredible reviews and outstanding comments from the audience. So do try and catch Tom in his Diamond Jubilee performance which plays until December 7th.