The Tower Theatre performing at the Théâtre de Verdure, Bois de Boulogne, Paris
"Every minute of The Taming of ther Shrew was a delight. A wonderful group of actors -
Shakespeare would have been proud of it. We are already looking forward to next year's treat"
"Incredible show last night, thanks to the amazing artists for the great performance!!
It was my first time but will be there next year for sure... :)"
"Thank you so much for the delightful play "
"Without exception, everyone enjoyed the play and participated actively in the question and answer session at the end and we all felt very privileged that members of the cast came to talk with us
as we were enjoying a picnic afterwards. Thank you all very much indeed"
Photography by Moira McSperrin
Cast Baptista : Ian Grant
Katherina : Anna Fiorentini
Bianca : Elizabeth Kingsman Smith
Petruchio : Shane Sweeney
Grumio : Daniel Watson
Hortensio : Lindsay Fletcher
Lucentio : Daniel Bogod
Tranio : Martin Shaw
Biondello : Peter Novis
Gremio : John Morton
Vincentio : Daniel Watson
Merchant : Christopher Yates
The Widow : Anna Whitelock
Curtis : Anna Whitelock
Director : Penny Tuerk
Costume Design : David Taylor and Lynda Twidale
Sound Design : Phillip Ley
Subtitles : Penny Tuerk
Fight Arranger : Lindsey Royan
Stage Manager : Laurence Tuerk
ASMs : Alison Liney, Guinevere Tufnell
Sound Operator : Phillip Ley
Front of House : David Holyoake, Beryl Holyoake, Moira McSperrin, John Rogers
Publicity Co-Ordinator : Jean Carr
Tour Manager : Laurence Tuerk
This is Shane Sweeney's first production with the Tower Theatre.
An award winning producer, Shane's acting experience is primarily in film, having starred in 2010's Travellers, 2011's Till Sunset, and 2012's The All Dayer.
Following this production, he will be headlining a one-man play at Upstairs at the Gatehouse in Highgate called Misterman, and later in the year has One Thing Left To Do being released, a film he wrote, directed, produced and stars in, which was filmed in both London and South Africa.
Anna Fiorentini trained at the Mountview Theatre School and at Middlesex University. Credits include Regan in
King Lear (Greenwich Playhouse); Emilia in Othello (The Starting Gate); Singer in The Caucasion Chalk Circle (Young Vic); and
Laura in the BBC's ChuckleVision. For the Tower, Anna has played Myra (Hay Fever), Annie (The Real Thing),
Freda (Dangerous Corner), Deb (Smells of Wee) and, most recently, Princess Puffer (The Mystery of Edwin Drood). Anna is principal of the award-winning Anna Fiorentini Theatre & Film School.
Ian Grant returns to the Tower Theatre Company after an interval of 40 years, having played the title role in Britannicus at the Tower. He has recently played Polonius in Hamlet (Little Wood and Bridewell Theatre). Previous roles have included Captain Plume in The Recruiting Officer (Minack Theatre); Archer in The Beaux' Stratagem (Penzance Arts Centre); Gower in Pericles (Minack Theatre); Dromio of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors (touring and ADC); Pompey in Measure for Measure (touring);
Patroclus in Troilus and Cressida (Minack Theatre); Savant in The Memorandum (Pembroke College); Maxime in Poor Bitos (Fitzwilliam College): Tom Jones in Tom Jones (Bury Hall, Gosport).
He has also directed, including Adventures in the Skin Trade (Fitzwilliam College).
The Taming of the Shrew is Elizabeth Kingsman Smith's first show with the Tower. Previously she has appeared as Anya in The Cherry Orchard at Network Theatre, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing in Castle Theatre Company's Summer Shakespeare tour, Mum in East at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as writing and performing comedy with the Durham Revue. Currently she is performing on the London comedy circuit with new sketch comedy group Massive Dad.
This is Lindsay Fletcher's second show for the Tower Theatre Company having previously appeared swearing in One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest as Ruckley. A Native Aussie, Lindsay is on a mission to visit as many ye olde castles as possible before they ship him back. In Australia his past credits include Little Shop of Horrors (Dentist), Noises Off (Garry/Roger), Dad and Dave (Dave). He is not looking forward to this year's Ashes.
Daniel Watson's previous Shakespeare roles include Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Oliver in As You Like
It and Ross in Macbeth. For the Tower Theatre Company he has appeared 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, Habeas Corpus,
Lock Up Your Daughters, The Homecoming and, most recently, as Uriah Heep in David Copperfield.
This is Daniel Bogod's first production with the Tower Theatre Company, having recently moved to the capital. Previous credits include principal roles in The Full Monty, Beauty and the Beast (both Watford), Jesus Christ Superstar, Sweeney Todd (both St Albans) and The Drowned World and Hay Fever (both Nottingham). When not making obscure Shakespearean references to Ovid and Aristotle, Daniel generally occupies his time taking photographs, thrashing at his guitar and lamely attempting to play football.
Martin Shaw began acting at the age of 10, taking on the lofty role of the Sultan of Arabia. After a degree in Drama at Liverpool University many less exalted roles have followed. Recent appearances include Rev Hale in The Crucible at the Gatehouse Theatre, Hereford, Sideways/Collins in South London Theatre'sOur Country's Good and most recently Truffaldino in Goldoni's A Servant to Two Masters. This is Martin's first Shakespearean production and his second show with the Tower Theatre. His first appearance was in last year's David Copperfield performed in London and Cornwall's Minack theatre. He played several parts including Barkis the Carrier and the pivotal role of Low Life number 9.
Peter Novis worked for 30 years in BBC Radio Drama and has been with the Tower since 1988 acting and directing.
Favourite roles include Herman Glogauer in Once in a Lifetime, the Dada in Entertaining Mr. Sloane, several
parts in the annual Tower Shakespeare productions in Paris, and an Ugly Sister in Cinderella. This will be his seventh Paris Shakespeare trip with the Tower.
John Morton has been a Tower member for 14 years. His first role was Crestwell in Relative Values by Noël Coward and his most recent was Voysey in The Voysey Inheritance. He has played a variety of Shakespearean roles for the Tower including Polonius, Leontes and Enobarbus. Other parts include Pastor Manders in Ghosts, Captain Cat in Under Milk Wood and Baron Hardup in Cinderella. He has also directed Romeo and Juliet, Heartbreak House, Twelfth Night and the Dream for the Tower. He loves get-ins and Burnley FC and is looking forward to the challenge of playing Gremio from a wheelchair!
Christopher Yates has appeared in Tower Theatre Company productions at intervals since 1974. So far, he would like to be remembered, if at all, for his Mazzini Dunn (Heartbreak House) and Rev. Eli Jenkins et al. (Under Milk Wood). In 2010 Veni Vidi cast him as the Duke of Venice/Lodovico in their Othello at Lauderdale House. In 2012 he played Robin Starveling/Moonshine in A Midsummer Night's Dream, which toured in London and Paris. His most recent work was playing God the Father in medieval mystery plays from the York cycle with The Players of St Peter.
Anna Whitelock makes her debut with the Tower Theatre Company in this production but she has been involved with theatre for 15 years both in the UK and Canada. Her previous acting experience includes roles in Sister Mary Explains It All To You and The Diary of Anne Frank with KDC in London and in Pains of Youth and Orchidelirium with Theatre Voce in Toronto. Anna has trained at Mountview and at the Central School of Speech and Drama.