Macbeth

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Ruth Sullivan

June 7th - 12th 2011

The Tower Theatre performing in the Jardin Shakespeare, Paris




Cast :
Weird Sisters : Carla Evans, Annemarie Fearnley, Philippa Tatham
Familiars : Liz Jardine Smith, Veronica Ley, Stella Werth
King Duncan : John Irvine
Malcolm : Jimmy Smallwood
Seyton : Ed O'Shaughnessy
Macduff : Aqil Zahid
Ross : Daniel Watson
Lennox : Alex Buckley
Macbeth : Simon Boughey
Banquo : Laurence Ward
Lady Macbeth : Julie Arrowsmith
Lady Macduff : Louisa Norman
Sons : Benjamin and Sebastian Macintyre
Gentlewoman : Amy Dunn
Old Siward : John Irvine
Young Siward : Iain Handyside

Production Team
Director : Ruth Sullivan
Assistant Director : Richard Kirby
Fight Directors : Richard Kirby & Lindsay Royan
Set & Costume Design : Aaron Marsden
Lighting and Sound : Laurence Tuerk
Subtitles : Penny Tuerk

Stage Manager : Alexa Poch
Assistant Stage Managers : Richard Pedersen, Michelle Roebuck, Deborah Ley
Costume Construction : Pam Wardley
Costume Supervisors : Briony Cartmell, Georgie Leigh
Vocal Coach : Julia Collier
Percussion : Peta Barker
Front of House : Jean Carr, Beryl Holyoake, David Holyoake, Moira McSperrin
Publicity : Jean Carr
Tour Manager : Laurence Tuerk



Simon Boughey has been a Tower member for a little over a year, and in 2010 played Alastair in the political satire Whipping it Up and He in Hang Up, an Anthony Minghella two-hander. He grew up in Staffordshire and now lives in Islington but spent 13 years in the USA where he began acting. He trained at HB Studio in New York and The Actors Company in London. While in the USA, he toured as the Duke of Buckingham in The Three Musketeers and also played Jerry in Betrayal. Earlier this year, he could be seen naked six times a week in Seduction, at the Above The Stag Theatre in Victoria. By day, he works as a financial journalist and analyst. Simon is also a Stoke City season ticket holder.

Julie Arrowsmith first brought the house down at the age of fifteen when her prop cottage fell on her during a production of Hans, The Witch and The Gobbin. Since then, she has acted with Guide Bridge and Manchester Youth Theatres and Leeds University's Studio Theatre where she performed in The Room and Under Milk Wood, and even donned a black wig and dancing shoes to play a Puerto Rican in West Side Story. She joined the Tower in 1994. Favourite roles include Titania (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Helena (Look Back in Anger) and Frank (Men of the World). This is her first role back at the Tower following a break to retrain as a speech and language therapist.

This is Laurence Ward's second production with the Tower - he previously appeared in the summer tour of Julius Caesar as Cassius. Laurence trained at City Lit and has recently appeared in a number of productions including Seven Colours and Cradle and Fall, both of which were devised and created by Fold Up Theatre, a company in which he is a founding member. Other credits include The Fold Up Sketch Show, The Canterbury Tales, Blood Wedding and The Libertine.

Ed O'Shaughnessy has been with the Tower since late 2009; Macbeth will be his sixth show. Most recently he has played Cyprian in Princess Ivona and a myriad of characters in Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll. Having also been in Julius Caesar last year, at this rate Ed has excitedly calculated he could have been in all 37 Shakespeare plays by 2046.

Annemarie Fearnley has been a member of the Tower for a quarter of a century, but this is her first Shakespeare/Paris tour with the company! Her last forays into Shakespeare were as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Nerissa in The Merchant of Venice with the City Lit Shakespeare Theatre in the 80s. With the Tower, roles have been as diverse as a tap-dancing skeleton in panto, Dick Whittington, Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera and Eugenie in Vincent in Brixton. Minack shows includeThe Little Shop of Horrors, Mr Cinders, Nicholas Nickleby and Lark Rise. She has been in All Star Productions' Assassins and Side by Side by Sondheim at Hoxton Hall. She was also a singer with the bands 'Simply Vocal' and 'The Checkmates'.

Carla Evans is a new member at the Tower, having joined in February 2011. She played Becky Sharp in the Tower's rehearsed reading of Vanity Fair in March and Macbeth will be her first full production. In the past, Carla has appeared in productions at the Bromley Little Theatre and Beckenham Theatre Centre and has taken various acting courses at the City Literary Institute.

Philippa Tatham started her London acting career dressed as an Elizabethan whore on the Southwark streets. Since then, her credits have included Autolycus (The Winter's Tale), Mistress Overdone (Measure for Measure), Dormouse/
Tweedledum (Curiouser and Curiouser) and Sebastian (Twelfth Night). In 2010 she directed her own show The Adventures of Sydney and Arabella, The Exiled Urban Foxes at the Camden Fringe. She has also staged plays at The Kings Head, Tabard, New End, Baron's Court and Rose Theatres as well as with London Irish Theatre. She will appear as Beatrice in Rooftop Theatre's Much Ado About Nothing in St Albans this July.

John Irvine John has played a number of roles including Sir Charles Gill in Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (SEDOS) and General Strammfest in The Bolshevik Empress. He has performed with the Bubble & Squeak Collective and has taken part in rehearsed readings of new works by Mark Normandy, Greg Lofton and Paul McNeilly. Last summer he played The Preacher and The Spin Doctor in You Me Bum Bum Train (the Barbican's fastest selling show in 2010) and his next role is in Breaking the Code with South London Theatre. Macbeth is John's third production with the Tower Theatre - he was previously seen in Princess macbeth and The Trial. He has also had small parts in short films involving zombies (Houseparty of the Dead 6), brain dead office workers (Short Story), and werewolves (The Ritual).

Jimmy Smallwood joined the Tower 18 months ago and this is his third production. He last appeared in Lark Rise as a cheerful scything harvester and a young soldier. The show played at the Minack Theatre on the 2010 Tower Cornwall tour. Other productions include Whipping It Up (Tower Theatre), Teechers (Theatre West 4), The Pillowman and Betrayal (both Leeds Theatre Group). In real life Jimmy is a journalist living in West London who enjoys cricket in the summer and real ale all year round.

Daniel Watson's previous Shakespeare roles include Malvolio in Twelfth Night and Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream. He has acted in several productions with the Tower Theatre Company. He played Oliver in As You Like It and has had roles in Pygmalion, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, An Enemy of the People, Tonight at 8.30, Lady Windermere's Fan, Dancing at Lughnasa, Rutherford and Son, Fallen Angels, Relative Values, Hard Times, Sail Away, Habeus Corpus, Lock Up Your Daughters and The Homecoming.

Aqil Zahid trained at the City Lit. He recently appeared as Petruchio at The Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon. Other recent theatre credits include four-week runs of The Cherry Orchard at the White Bear Theatre and as Sade in Marat/Sade at The Courtyard Theatre. He has appeared at the Camden Fringe Festival as Aegistheus in The Flies and in Blonde Compassion: A Yoga Comedy. He received a special mention as Ruckley in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Recent film credits include Replica. This is his second year and second production with the Tower Theatre, having witnessed the demise of Caesar in 2010.

This is Iain Handyside's first production with the Tower Theatre having joined the company in November 2010. He lives in Elephant and Castle and trained at the Actors Centre in Central London having previously studied Modern History at the University of St Andrews. Past roles include Ko-Ko in The Mikado and a Nazi Youth in Cabaret.
He works as an Assistant Artist Manager for a music agency.

This is Liz Jardine Smith's first production with the Tower. She has previously appeared as Vickey in Hobson's Choice and Linda in Ladies' Day at the Questors, and will be returning to the role of Linda in the autumn in the sequel Ladies Down Under. Playing a fairly gender non-specific Familiar and Fleance in Macbeth, therefore, makes a welcome change from corsets, bustles and feather boas, plus she gets to make a lot of noise with an enormous drum.

Veronica Ley (Ronnie) lives in North London with her parents and older sister. This is her first role at the Tower Theatre after previously appearing in productions of the musicals Annie, Blitz and Annie Get Your Gun with the North London Theatre Company. When not on stage she enjoys coaching and competing in athletics. Ronnie is a member of the Enfield Youth Parliament and is part of the Ley family 'dynasty' who have been actively involved in the Tower since the late Colin Ley's directorial debut in 1962. She follows in the steps of her father Peter Ley and uncles Stephen and Phillip Ley who all also appeared in Tower Productions of Macbeth!

Louisa Norman joined the Tower Theatre in 2007 and has since appeared in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The York Realist, Blood Wedding and Lark Rise, touring to Minack in summer 2010. She will shortly be appearing as Julie in Jake's Women. She is also a member of the Questors where she recently took part in the Open Stages RSC workshop. She has a BA in Drama from the University of Wales and was also a member of The Questors student group from 2007-9. In her spare time Louisa enjoys travelling, playing the saxophone and reviewing London theatre for Offwestend.com.

Benjamin Macintyre









Sebastian Macintyre

Alex Buckley

Amy Dunn