Here's a page from the Tower site showing the design used between 2001 and 2010.
(this is the original page except that the links have been removed to prevent confusion with the current site!)

 


Summer Season Shows

 

 

Penny Tuerk

Director : Penny Tuerk

Lindsay Kirby
Movement Co-ordinator : Lindsay Kirby

Alison Liney
Stage Manager : Alison Liney


 

JULIUS CAESAR, by William Shakespeare, adapted by Penny Tuerk

Performance dates and venues :

London
: Thursday 13th - Saturday 15th May and Thursday 20th - Saturday 22nd May at 7.45. Matinée on Saturday 15th May at 3.00.
This production will be performed at St. Leonard’s Church, 119, Shoreditch High St. E1 6JN.
This is a stone’s throw from our proposed new home and has strong associations with the first "Theatre".

Paris
: The company will be in Paris from Saturday May 29th to Monday June 7th, performing at the Théâtre de Verdure in the Jardin Shakespeare, Bois de Boulogne.
Performances will be on Tuesday 1st, Wednesday 2nd, Thursday 3rd, Saturday 5th June at 7.00 p.m., Tuesday 1st &. Thursday 3rd June at 12.00 noon and Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th June at 3.30 p.m.

For those who do not know it, this is an idyllic open air theatre where we have been presenting an annual Shakespeare production for nearly twenty years. Everyone is expected to pay their own travel and living expenses.


Rehearsals are under way.

The director writes :
Julius Caesar is a fascinating play to be working on in the current political climate. It was probably written as a warning against regime change and it makes the point very effectively. The conspirators succeed in their plot against Caesar, but precipitate a bloody civil war that destroys them all. The subtle inter-play of ambition, honour, loyalty, love and self-interest among the patricians is set against the constant presence of the unstable Roman mob and topped off with a master-class in spin and the manipulation of public opinion.

Style : The Chorus
Even by the standards of other Shakespeare plays Julius Caesar has an unusually diverse and rapidly changing cast of characters (37 named parts of whom only three go the whole way through the play). I intend to build the production round a 'chorus' of about 10 people. They can be male or female and any age. Women chorus-members may take nominally male roles. They will sometimes work together, taking speeches that would normally be assigned to one person and sometimes step out of the group to play an individual part. Between them they will present all the characters except Brutus, Cassius, Mark Antony and Julius Caesar. The way the chorus operates will set the style for the production, so I am delighted that Lindsay Kirby, who many of you will know from her work as fight arranger in a number of recent productions, is on the production team. She will work with us to develop an approach that blends the various elements into a theatrically satisfying whole that will be fun to do and intriguing to watch.



 

The cast is :
Julius Caesar :
Brutus :
Cassius :
Mark Antony :
Chorus :


Michael Mayne
Ed Malcomson
Laurence Ward
Gately Freeman
Matthew Addison
Simona Hughes
John Morton
Peter Novis
Pam O’Brien
Ed O’Shaughnessy
Richard Pedersen
Harriet Watson
Jonathan Wober
Aqil Zahid

 


Ed MalcomsonLaurence WardMichael MayneGately Freeman
Matthew AddisonSimona HughesJohn MortonPeter NovisPam O'Brien
Ed O'ShaughnessyRichard PedersenHarriet WatsonJonathan WoberAqil Zahid

 

If you have any questions about the production, please contact the director, Penny Tuerk, by E-mail.

If you would be interested in working backstage on this show - stage management, lighting, sound or costumes - please get in touch with the Technical Co-ordinator, Laurence Tuerk, by E-mail.