The Doctor's Dilemma

by Bernard Shaw

Directed by Chris Holmes

Tuesday 4th - Saturday 8th June, 2013

The Tower Theatre performing
at the Bridewell Theatre



Photography by David Sprecher


Cast
Emmy : Kate Kelly
Sir Colenso Ridgeon : Julian Farrance
Schutzmacher/Mr Danby : Jonathan Norris
Sir Patrick Cullen : Michael Mayne
Cutler Walpole : Robert Reeve
Sir Ralph Bloomfield Bonington : John Chapman
Jennifer Dubedat : Liz Barber
Louis Dubedat : Stephen Lee
Minnie Tinwell : Katie Smith
Dr Blenkinsop : Bob Hough
Redpenny/Newspaper Man : Ben Lawson

Production Team
Director : Chris Holmes
Set Design : Michael Bettell and Jo Green
Costume Design : Jill Batty
Lighting Design : Jo Green
Sound Design : Colin Guthrie
Artist : Jo Staples

Stage Manager : Richard Pedersen
Assistant Director : Bob Hough
Deputy Stage Manager : Ann Watchorn
Assistant Stage Managers : Stephen Brasher, Heather Dalton, Melanie Huke, Dinah Irvine, Maeve O'Sullivan, Lesley Scarth
Lighting Operator : Pacifique Kimonyo
Sound Operator : Louise Bakker
Wardrobe : Kate Wood, Nicola Jemmett, Bob Hough Set Construction : Michael Bettell, Keith Syrett, Jude Chalk, John McSpadyen and members of the cast & crew




This is Ben Lawson's first production for the Tower Theatre Company. Previous productions at the Questors Theatre and Royal Holloway University include Antigone, Dr Faustus, How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found, The History Boys and The Arsonists.

Kate Kelly has a BA Hons Drama and worked as a drama tutor for 12 years. She has played both classical and Irish roles for the Tower Theatre as well as undertaking FOH duties. She has performed two one-woman shows on the professional fringe and Big Maggie at Sadlers Wells.

The Doctor's Dilemma will be Julian Farrance's fourth show for the Tower Theatre, having previously appeared in 5/11, Damages and Loot. Recently he directed an extremely well received Henry V for Network Theatre.

Over his 20 years with the Tower Theatre Company, Jonathan Norris has somehow got tangled up in about 50 productions : acting, music-directing, or adding music to things. Eschewing traditional advice he performed a Morris dance in Lark Rise and taught others to do so for Garden.

Michael Mayne was a professional actor for 20 years before family commitments moved him into the commercial world, now those commitments are fulfilled he is working his way back into the Business. He has a dark (white) secret - "think confectionery".

Robert Reeve was first let loose upon a stage 43 years ago, and has subsequently been cast in hundreds of roles. He has performed for the Tower Theatre in The Wind in the Willows, Annie, The Lion in Winter and The Crucible, among others. He is now believed to be at large.

John Chapman made his adult acting debut in You Never Can Tell. 140 productions later he is happy to have trod a path back to the playwright who began it all. This is his fourth Tower show, following performances in David Copperfield, Loot and The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Bob Hough's first role with the Tower Theatre was God in Kleinzeit. Subsequently he has gone downhill: tortured half to death in Death and the Maiden; abandoned in Endgame; kicked and crushed to death respectively in Entertaining Mr Sloane and The Crucible; and a heart attack in Baba Shakespeare. How will Blenkinsop fare?

Lizzy Barber read English at Cambridge, where she performed in over 15 productions, including Blithe Spirit, Playhouse Creatures and The Importance of Being Earnest. For the Tower Theatre she has performed in The Boy Friend (Bridewell and Sterts Theatre, Cornwall) and Baba Shakespeare (Arcola & RSC Courtyard).

The Doctor's Dilemma is Stephen Lee's first production with the Tower Theatre Company. Previous performances include Billy Flynn in Chicago, Eddie in Road, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Zucco in Roberto Zucco, Soldier in Blasted and Henry in Henry V.

This is Katie Smith's first production with the Tower Theatre. Katie has many years of experience performing in fringe theatre, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She trained in Theatre and Performance at university and performed in the Olympic Opening Ceremony.