Tower Theatre & RSC
7 March 2016
For more than 80 Years, the Tower Theatre Company has been entertaining audiences, and inspiring theatre-makers (on and off stage) with a unique combination of creativity, passion and collaboration. It is the only full-time, non-professional company in central London which produces up to 18 shows a year. These are performed in a variety of venues in the capital. The Tower also tours a Shakespeare production every year to the Jardin Shakespeare in Paris and regularly performs at the stunning cliff-top Minack Theatre in Cornwall where their most recent show, The Producers, won The Minack’s best production award in 2014. In 2012, Baba Shakespeare, written by a company member, was chosen by the RSC to be performed in Stratford as part of the Open Stages project for the World Shakespeare Festival.
At the Barbican: Tower Actors - Al Freeman, Tom Tillery, Adam Moulder, David Taylor, Maria Waters, Peta Barker and John Chapman.
Photo copyright : RSC/Topher McGrillis
This year the Tower Theatre Company has again been selected to collaborate with the RSC on a unique production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The play will be performed as never before – magically intertwining professional and amateur cast members. The Tower actors will play the roles of the ‘mechanicals’ with 18 professional actors playing the other parts.
The Tower team in a workshop led by RSC movement coach Sinead O'Keefe - with the BBC crew in attendance.
Photography by Ruth Anthony
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for a Nation is part of the RSC’s plans to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare. The production is touring all over the UK and involves 14 amateur theatre groups, each representing a region or nation of the UK. The RSC and Tower Theatre London performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream are on 17 to 21 May at the Barbican and at the RSC's Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon on 11 and 12 July.
You can read more about the journey from auditions to rehearsals to staging the production in Tower Theatre actor John Chapman’s Midsummer Night’s Dream blog.