Romeo and Juliet  
Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Penny Tuerk

Tuesday 7th -
Sunday 12th June, 2016

The Tower Theatre performing in the Jardin Shakespeare, Bois de Boulogne, Paris

Photography by Laurence Tuerk
Cast
The Prince's family
Escalus, Prince of Verona : John Morton
Mercutio : Arlo Green
Paris : Murray Deans
The Montagues
Montague : Daniel Watson
Lady Montague : Rachel Bothamley
Romeo : Adam Lake
Benvolio : Joe Lewis
Balthasar : Imogen de Ste Croix

The Capulets
Capulet : Simon Taylor
Lady Capulet : Alix de Torquat
Juliet : Asma Mani
Tybalt : Ken Thomson
Old Capulet : Peter Novis
Juliet's Nurse : Niki Mylonas
Peter : Christopher O'Dea

The Church
Friar Laurence : Tom Salyers
Friar John : Rachel Bothamley

The Apothecary
: Peter Novis

Guests at the Capulet ball
  The Prince's Wife
: Lotte Wynder
  Roasaline : Harriet Wynder
  Livia : Rachel Bothamley
  Lucio : Oliver Wynder
  Helena : Imogen de Ste Croix
Production Team
Director : Penny Tuerk
Set Design : Laurence Tuerk
Costume Design : Irena Pancer
Sound Design : Laurence Tuerk
Subtitles : Richard Pedersen
Fight Arranger/Choreographer : Lindsay Royan

Stage Manager : Lotte Wynder
ASMs : Harriet Wynder, Oliver Wynder
Assistant Movement Director : Richard Kirby
Dance Captain : Rachel Bothamley
Tour Manager : Laurence Tuerk
Transport : Malcolm Wynder
Front of House : Jean Carr, Moira McSperrin, David Holyoake, Beryl Holyoake, Guinevere Tufnell
Publicity : Jean Carr


This is Adam Lake's first production for the Tower Theatre Company after a seven year break from acting. Adam is the Head of Communications for the national charity Turn2us, as well as the director of campaign group Out & Proud. Formerly a professional actor, Adam has appeared in numerous productions including Enjoy directed by Christopher Luscombe (Watford Palace Theatre), Ned and Sharon directed by Anne Tipton (Hightide Festival) and Virgins directed by John Retallack (Vienna's English Theatre). TV and Film credits include The Bill, Doctors, Trial and Retribution and Running for River where he played opposite Romola Garai.
 
This is Asma Mani's first production with the Tower. She's previously had a diverse few roles with KDC and SEDOS, including the odd nun (Isabella in Measure for Measure), abandoned wife (Blood Wedding) and high class call girl (as part of SEDOS' Whirlwind Theatre). Most recently she did dreadful things to accents in SEDOS' Americana. She is delighted to be playing Juliet - in Paris! - and sincerely hopes she can do the role justice.
After moving to the UK from New Zealand last year, Arlo Green joined the Tower Theatre Company and appeared as Rodrigo in Othello, getting killed in Act IV. In Romeo and Juliet, he once again comes to a sticky end, but this time only makes it as far as Act III!
 
This is Ken Thomson's second show with the Tower, which once again is a Shakespeare. Previous Shakespeare credits include Twelfth Night, Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Nights Dream. Ken is also open to doing shows which aren't written by Shakespeare, having acted in more contemporary pieces such as Love and Money, The Investigation and No Exit.
John Morton has been a Tower member for 17 years. His first role was Crestwell in Relative Values and his most recent was Gloucester in King Lear. He has played a variety of other Shakespearean roles for the Tower including Polonius, Leontes and Enobarbus. Other parts include Voysey in The Voysey Inheritance and Baron Hardup in Cinderella. He has also directed Romeo and Juliet, Heartbreak House, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream and As You Like It for the Tower. He loves get-ins, his new granddaughter [alas, living in Nepal] and Burnley FC.
 
Tom Salyers is making his third appearance with the Tower. He has played various roles in more than a dozen other Shakespeare productions for several companies over the last fifteen years, including the Fool in the Tower's 2015 production of King Lear. He also occasionally acts in plays written by people who lived in the last century, with a particular favorite role being Don in The Universal Language. He has an MFA in Staging Shakespeare from the University of Exeter, but promises only to talk about Shakespeare if you really want to.
Simon Taylor worked in theatre and film, with roles such as Ralph and Lechery in Dr Faustus (with Burton & Taylor) and Doctor in Restoration; Costard in Love's Labours Lost and Hamlet at the Oxford Playhouse. He also worked as a short story narrator for BBC Radio Oxford and for Ken Jackson's audio company, Sounds Natural. Previous amateur appearances include Benedick (Much Ado About Nothing), Fagin, Goldberg (The Birthday Party), Coriolanus, Lear and Kent (King Lear). Simon has directed over 100 shows, including his own company, Winchester Players, for many Minack seasons, and is now enjoying his second role for the Tower.
 
Romeo and Juliet will be Alix de Torquat's first performance with the Tower Theatre Company. Having spent the best part of her life in London, Alix sometimes feels more English than French. She enjoys acting in both languages and has participated in several plays produced by the Cercle Dramatique Français such as Exit the King. She has also acted with Beyond Theatre in The Importance of Being Earnest and with the Carlton Players in a number of contemporary plays.
Daniel Watson's previous roles include Grumio and Vincentio in The Taming of the Shrew, Ross in Macbeth, Oliver in As You Like It, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Theseus, Oberon, Egeus and Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and not being keen on type casting unless it pays the rent he has also played a singing Roman slave, Cockney tap dancer, Welsh ballroom dancer, newspaper proprietor, Victorian husband, arrogant earl, timid vicar, Yorkshire pit miner, ship's purser, Pinterian professor, grovelling Dickensian clerk, and a lycra clad Hamlet on ice skates amongst others.
 
Rachel Bothamley studied Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at Roehampton University, London where she took part in many theatre pieces, most notably The Camera Show with the longest running English experimental theatre company, The People Show. Other previous roles include Edith in Blithe Spirit and Miss Dixon in Cash on Delivery. She has also acted in Theatre in Education Drama Workshops in Kent Schools and even a delved into the world of film in Donovan Slacks (2007). This is Rachel's first show with the the Tower Theatre Company and she is extremely excited to be part of this production of Romeo and Juliet.
Niki Mylonas trained at Webber Douglas. This is her eighth project with the Tower after an absence of four years. Recent roles elsewhere include - Stage : Dorothy in Glorious!, Rosie Pye in Humble Boy, Shephard in The Flint Street Nativity, Kate in Brighton Beach Memoirs, Queen Anne in Brandy for which she won best actress award! - Film : Pig, The Beholder, I, I, I & I, The Emergency Appointment, The Condemned and Telling the Truth - Radio : Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, Helena & Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Third Witch and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth for her company Classical Radio Drama. Niki is an author of three non-fiction works.
 
This is Murray Deans's first production with the Tower Theatre, having joined the company earlier this year. It is also his first role in a Shakespeare play. Previous roles (with other companies) include Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, Lieutenant Gruber in Allo' Allo' and Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath. He was also an active member of Strathclyde University's Theatre Group, Re-act, spending a year as Vice-President of the company.
Joe Lewis trained at the University of Roehampton. During training, appearances included roles in The Taming of the Shrew, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and Guys and Dolls. Since graduating in 2012, Joe has performed as a supporting artist in a number of major film, television and advertising productions. He has starred as Nils Stensson in Lady Inger (Jump Cut Productions) and Erik of Hegge in The Feast at Solhaug (Ottisdotter). In May, as well as playing Benvolio, he is performing again with Otisdotter, playing the part of Camillo Rota in Emilia Galotti.
 
Peter Novis has been with the Tower since 1988. 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; an Ugly Sister in Cinderella; and Mr Dick in David Copperfield. He has also directed for the Tower in London, Paris and Cornwall.
Romeo and Juliet is Christopher O'Dea's first performance for the Tower Theatre. He has previously been, and continues to be, involved with the KDC Theatre Company, having performed in unique productions including a female-led Hamlet, original murder-mystery farce The Butler Didn't Do It, and dark comedy The Arsonists. He graduated from Aberystwyth University with a Joint Honours Degree in English Literature with Drama and Theatre Studies, and also dabbles in voice acting and radio work.
 
Lotte Wynder Harriet Wynder Oliver Wynder
The Wynder family has a long association with the Tower Company and three of them are working on this production. Usually involved backstage or in the box office, they are making rare appearances onstage in Romeo and Juliet.
Imogen de Ste Croix is very happy to be doing her second production with the Tower after recently appearing in Mother's Day. She has previously performed at the National Theatre and has aspirations of someday working with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
 
Penny Tuerk joined the Tower in 1970 and has taken part in nearly seventy productions as an actor or director. Most recently she directed John Whiting's Marching Song, and appeared on stage as Gertie in Chancers.