As You Like It

As You Like It

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Jean Carr and John Morton

Tuesday 13th -
Saturday 17th May, 2014

The Tower Theatre performing
at Theatro Technis



Photography by David Sprecher




Cast
The De Boys Household
Oliver : Martin Scully
Orlando, his youngest brother : Alex Buckley
Adam, a servant : Richard Pedersen
The Court
Duke Frederick : Chris Holmes
Celia, his daughter : Harriet Bradley
Rosalind, his niece : Sarah Evans
Touchstone, a clown : Martin Shaw
Monsieur Le Beau : Adam Sutcliffe
Charles, the Duke's wrestler : Stephen Doak
Hisperia, Celia's gentlewoman : Kate Tulloch
The Forest of Arden
Duke Senior, Rosalind's banished father :
Harry Stern
Jaques : Ian Recordon
Amiens : Chris Holmes
Lord : Michael Cornford
Corin : Stephen Doak
Silvius : Stephen Lee
Phebe : Kate Tulloch
Audrey : Gina Jackson
William : Arthur Ford

Production Team
Directors : Jean Carr and John Morton
Movement Director : Lindsay Royan
Musical Director : Mike Harpham
Set Design : Jude Chalk
Costume Design : Jean Carr
Assisted by Sheila Burbidge
Lighting Design : Robin Snowdon
Sound Design : Chris Drohan & Phil Matejtschuk


Stage Managers : Moira McSperrin & Richard Pedersen
ASM : Angela Silvester
Lighting Operator : Wayne Gilbart
Sound Operator : David Balfour
Wardrobe : Denyse Macpherson & Celia Reynolds
Set Construction and Get-in : Keith Syrett, Jude Chalk, Michael Bettell and members of the cast & crew
Dialect Coach : Julia Collier


 

Chris Holmes has been a member of the Tower Theatre since the early 1980s and has appeared in over 50 productions. Shakespeare roles have included Gonzalo in The Tempest, Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Directing credits include Playboy of the Western World and The Real Thing.

Sarah Evans' first show with the Tower Theatre was Jump to Cow Heaven. Other roles include House and Garden (Pearl), Blackbird (Una), Spring Awakening (Wendla) and After Mrs Rochester (Ella). In Surrey Sarah founded a theatre company - directing and choreographing musicals Fame and Footloose, and she has also done various short films and voice-overs.

This is Harriet Bradley's first production with the Tower Theatre. Previously she played Cassandra in KDC's Tiger at the Gates and has acted in her own show at the Edinburgh Fringe, and in new writing showcases with SEDOS, Network Theatre and KDC. She will also appear as an oppressed Edwardian laundry-woman in the upcoming film Suffragette with Carey Mulligan - but the costume wasn't nearly as pretty as Celia's!

This is Martin Shaw's third show with the Tower Theatre. He played Mr Barkis in the 2012 production of David Copperfield in London and at the Minack Theatre, Cornwall. Last year he played Tranio in The Taming of the Shrew at Theatro Technis and in Paris. He studied Drama at Liverpool University and pervious credits include Rev. Hale in The Crucible, Sideways/Collins in Our Country's Good and most recently Claudius in KDC's production of Hamlet.

After having been an audience member for many years, Adam Sutcliffe is making his Tower debut with Le Beau. Elsewhere he has played a succession of fierce tyrants (such as Creon with Questors and Leotes with Hampstead Players), a singing Mock Turtle in the musical Alice and Tio William in the Spanish-language Disney series Peter Punk. He will be shortly reappearing on the Tower stage in The Producers.

Stephen Doak first appeared in As You Like It in 1976, and is delighted to be having another crack at it now. He has studied and performed in stand-up comedy, magic, and long-form improvisation. In the course of his previous Tower production, A Midsummer Night's Dream in 2012, he got engaged in Paris, and is keen to point out to his lovely fiancée Dilys that she doesn't get a diamond every time she comes to one of his shows.

This is Martin Scully's first show with the Tower Theatre, but he very much hopes not his last! His previous experience includes TV work in Holby City, The Bill, Ever Wondered About food, Stupid, Sofa Surfers and Colditz. Stage work includes Captain Calamity's Adventures in Storyland, Goodfellas, Mr Smee in Pirates Picnic and Wilfred Owen in Not About Heroes.

Starting out in comedy and improvisation, Alexander Buckley joined the Tower Theatre twice, initially in 2006 and then again in 2011. Roles with the company have included Edward in The Voysey Inheritance, David in David Copperfield, Lennox in Macbeth, DeeDee in Paradise - a Rock'n'Roll Fable and, most recently, Victor, another phenomenal poet, in Dying For It.

Harry Stern joined the Tower in 1973 after the Mountview Theatre Club closed. He has appeared in many Tower productions including several Shakespeare plays which have toured to Paris, the first being A Midsummer Night's Dream in 1995 in which he played Bottom. He has also directed several plays. This casting as Duke Senior is the second time, the first being 14 years ago.

Ian Recordon has played a wide variety of roles ranging from Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Eddie Carbone in A View from the Bridge, Sir in The Dresser, Ralph Nickelby and Newman Noggs in Nicholas Nickelby, C S Lewis in Shadowlands and Frank Bryant in Educating Rita to lighter roles such as Elyiot in Private Lives, Henry Higgins in Pygmalion, Gary Essendine in Present Laughter, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Geoffrey in Stepping Out. Recent productions include Graham in Talking Heads (A Chip in the Sugar), Tony Buckingham in Baba Shakespeare at the RSC's Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, and Tony in On Religion.

Kate Tulloch completed a foundation at the Oxford School of Drama in 2011. Her most recent credits include Iris in The Upstairs Room (Burton Taylor Studio), Ophelia in Hamlet (Old Fire Station Oxford) and Virginia Woolf (Maverick Theatre, Soho). As You Like It is her first Tower Theatre production.

Gina Jackson was a member of the Youth Theatre at Rose Bruford College, and undertook a BA Hons Degree in Theatre at Dartington College of Arts in Devon where she took a liking to writing stories and plays as well performance art. Past productions have included Phaedra, Cinderella, Writer's Block, The Tea Party, Shadow of the Cross, The Crucible and Pillars of the Community. Since writing her first play in 2011 for the Polytechnic Arts and Science Theatre in Falmouth, Cornwall, she has written several others. She has been a freelance photographer for 4 years and is a member of musical and comedic troupe "Monty's All Star Jam Jar".

Stephen Lee's first production with the Tower Theatre was last year's The Doctor's Dilemma. 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.

Making his debut with the Tower Theatre Company in this production, Arthur Ford is thrilled to be getting back onto the stage after a four-year hiatus from acting. He was an active member of the student-run theatre as well as taking part in some German-language plays while at university. He hopes to be able to stick to English in this performance, but makes no guarantees.

In his silver jubilee year with the Tower Theatre, Richard Pedersen is reprising the role he played in the 2000 production of As You Like It. Since joining the Tower in 1989, Richard has appeared in over 25 productions and has stage managed several more. 2014 will see his 14th Paris tour with the Company.

Michael Cornford