'Farewell to the Theatre'

Farewell to the Theatre

by Richard Nelson

Directed by John McSpadyen

Tuesday 28th July -
Saturday 1st August, 2015

The Tower Theatre performing
at the Bridewell Theatre




Photography by Ruth Anthony



Cast
Harley : Jonathan Wober
Frank : Michael Bettell
Dorothy : Annemarie Fearnley
Henry : Dean Brown
George : Adam Forbes
Beatrice : Harriet Scopes
Charles : Samuel Macqueen

Production Team
Director : John McSpadyen
Set Design : Max Batty
Costume Design : Irena Pancer
Lighting Design : Andy Peregrine
Sound Design : Robert Irvine

Stage Manager : Richard Davies
Assistant Stage Managers : Richard Pedersen, Emily Jeeves
Lighting Operator : Emily Carmichael
Sound Operator : Karen Lack
Set Construction and Get-in : Keith Syrett, Michael Bettell, Georgie Whittaker, Phillip Ley, John McSpadyen, Leon Chambers, Laurence Tuerk
Assistant Director : Billy Aranda
Publicity Co-ordinator : Sue Brodie



This is Jonathan Wober's thirteenth Tower production since joining in 2009, when he appeared as Sigmund in The Archbishop's Ceiling and Robert in Dangerous Corner. He has toured with the Tower to Paris as Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream and to the Minack Theatre in Cornwall as various Dickensian characters in David Copperfield. Other productions include The Odd Couple, Jump to Cow Heaven and Tartuffe. Most recently, he played a Yorkshire milkman in The Kitchen Sink.

Michael Bettell joined Tower Theatre five years ago and Farewell to the Theatre will mark his involvement in his 81st Tower production. Previous credits include : as an actor - The Man/Peter/The Doctor in The Pride, Marmion/Son/ Technician in Comic Potential and The Reverend Crisparkle in The Mystery of Edwin Drood; as a Set Designer - Someone Who'll Watch over Me, King Lear, Travesties, Major Barbara, The Kitchen Sink, After the Dance, Coyote on a Fence, Two, Dancing at Lughnasa, Dying for it, The Doctor's Dilemma, The Mystery of Edwin Drood!, Loot, Calender Girls, David Copperfield, The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife, Darker Shores and Terrorism; as an Assistant Director - Damages; as a Director - Dumb Show.

Annemarie Fearnley's roles with the Tower include Dick in Dick Whittington, Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera, Irina in Three Sisters, Eugenie in Vincent in Brixton, Susan in Company, violinist in Lark Rise, Witch in Macbeth, Anne Vaux in 5/11, ensemble in David Copperfield, Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream and a singer in Telstar. She is a former member of two of the Tower's home-grown bands, Simply Vocal and The Checkmates, and has also performed with All Star Productions in Assassins at Theatro Technis and with Completely Productions in Company at The Bull.

Farewell to the Theatre is Dean Brown's fifth show with the Tower Theatre, having previously appeared in Terrorism, The Slab Boys, The Voysey Inheritance and After the Dance. By day he works as a civil servant.

Adam Forbes is originally from Norwich and moved to London in 2012. He has studied at the renowned Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in Los Angeles. Before his interest in stage, Adam was a Bboy for 8 years. Adam has also travelled a vast amount and has worked both in Canada and Japan. This is his first appearance on a stage in London and Adam is thrilled to be part of such a wonderful cast and crew. Previous theatre credits include The Long, the Short and the Tall and Les Misérables

Harriet Scopes lives in Balham and joined the Tower Theatre Company this year. She started doing Amateur Drama at the age of 14, and possesses a great love for Shakespeare and Stoppard. She was awarded the prize for Best Junior Player at the Woking Drama Festival at 16. At St Andrews University, she was involved with numerous productions including playing Rosalind in As You Like It at the World Shakespeare Festival at Stratford, and playing a leading role in the professional short film Dots. She is thrilled to be working with the Tower, especially in a play with such wonderful quintessential British humour.

This will be Samuel Macqueen's second production with the Tower, having just finished King Lear in London and Paris. He says "I am looking forward to performing a contemporary play and have been working with some fantastic actors and director. I am very grateful for the opportunities that the Tower has created for me, and the wide variety of roles and professional people you get to work with."

John McSpadyen is now in his 25th year as a Tower member, having participated as an actor, ASM, SM, technical operator, set designer and director. His directorial outings include Copenhagen, Faith Healer, The Constant Wife, Bash and Speaking in Tongues, and he has acted most recently in Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll. In between shows, he can generally be found wielding a power tool at a Sunday get-in ... Away from the Tower, John enjoys baking shortbread and watching as many TV quiz shows as possible.