The Tower has a vast archive of photos for its shows – largely prints for the earlier years and digital CDs for more recent shows. David Sprecher and Laurence Tuerk have now established a digital archive of much of this material. It contains all the photos taken in recent years on digital cameras and at least a couple of scanned prints from each show for earlier years. It would be a monumental task to scan all the prints in the archive, so the decision was taken normally to select the two best shots from each show; the others will all be retained in print form. The digital archive now consists of 50,000 photos which David has catalogued and which are all stored on Google Drive (with appropriate back-ups!).
You can see many of the pictures on the archive web pages for our past shows, but you’ll also notice that there are some gaps where we don’t have any pictures, mainly in the early years. Click here for a list of the shows for which we are missing photography. The list also includes some more recent Tower shows (particularly tours) where we don’t have much of a record. So if you can fill any gaps or have any additional interesting pictures of your own that you’d like to contribute, we’d be delighted to add them in – let us know by email in the first instance to [email protected]. (We are mainly looking for photographs of stage action, but if you have interesting social photos, then we’d be pleased to see those too).
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
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.
The Tower’s current production of “Beauty Queen…”, directed by the formidable Colette Dockery, continues to get rave reviews:
“[T]his production…demonstrates a theatre company with a revitalised energy, settling into its new home with…plays that show a level of ambition on which the company is determined to deliver” Read more at Cultural Capital