Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

by Tom Stoppard

Directed by Ruth Sullivan

Wednesday 15th - Sunday 19th October and
Tuesday 21st - Saturday 25th October, 2014

The Tower Theatre performing
Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate

Photography by David Sprecher

Rosencrantz :
Guildenstern :
Tragedians :

Justin Stahley
Andy Murton
Martin South
Ian Hoare
Iain Handyside
Janet South
Sharita Oomeer
Arthur Ford
Richard Brent

Production Team
Director : Ruth Sullivan
Set Design : Jude Chalk
Lighting Design : Robin Snowdon
Costume Design : Deb Lonnon

Assistant Director : Anna Whitelock
Stage Manager : Michelle Roebuck
Deputy Stage Manager : Emilia Teglia
Lighting Operator : Harriet Scopes, Phillip Ley or Michael Bettell
Set Contruction and Rigging : Keith Syrett, Rosie Shipman, Melissa Smigelski, Laurence Tuerk and members of the cast & crew
Publicity : Sue Brodie, Ruth Sullivan, Anna Whitelock, Emilia Teglia
Promotional Video : Leon Chambers

Justin Stahley has been a member of Tower for just over a year now, and this is his fourth Tower production. Recently he played Greg in Dumb Show, CSM Rivers in The Accrington Pals and last year he portrayed Semyon Semyonovich in Dying for It.
About R & G, Justin says "This play is an onion. And I like onions. So that's very fortunate!".
"I like to know where I am. Even if I don't know where I am, I like to know that ..."
Andy Murton's recent credits include Clov in Endgame, Freddie Page in The Deep Blue Sea, Adam Trainsmith in Comic Potential, Philip in The Pride, Two, Tartuffe and Nick in The Last of the Haussmans. He trained at Bretton Hall College.
Martin South has acted and directed for the Tower Theatre Company for thirty years, and has been its Artistic Director. Recently, he has directed the Fleet Street comedy, Damages, and appeared as Father Henry Garnet in 5/11; the Duke of Exeter in Henry V (for Network Theatre); Daniel Peggoty in David Copperfield; the Chairman of the Music Hall Royale in The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Sir William Collyer in The Deep Blue Sea; John in Speaking in Tongues; and Boolie Werthan in Driving Miss Daisy (Upstairs at the Gatehouse, 2013). A long time ago, he also played Hamlet, and is now enjoying discovering what happened to his fellow students when he wasn't keeping an eye on them : "Every exit is an entrance somewhere else".
Ian Hoare joined the Tower in 2002 and this is his 21st production. The most recent were The Last of the Haussmans and The Winterling. As a passionate fan of both Shakespeare and Stoppard, he is delighted to have been cast in one of his favourite contemporary plays.
"We do on stage the things that are supposed to happen off ... ".
This is Iain Handyside's fifth production with the Tower Theatre, his most recent role being Oliver in the 2013 production of The Pride. Having loved every minute of working on this production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Iain is now officially stark raving sane. Though his friends would say otherwise.
"Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else."
Janet South has been involved with the Tower Theatre for many years during which she has taken various roles both on stage and off and in many different costumes and wigs. For this production, her first Upstairs at the Gatehouse, she will be using her own hair.
Arthur Ford joined the Tower at the beginning of the year and is thrilled to have been involved in two productions thus far. The high-jinks of spending an amazing week in Paris with As You Like It helped dispel any tremors of a quarter-life crisis. Unlike others he can tell the two title characters apart, having played Guildenstern in a school production of Hamlet.
This is Richard Brent's second production for the Tower Theatre Company - he was last seen playing Ralph in The Accrington Pals at the Bridewell. Most of his other recent theatre work has been with Putney Arts Theatre, where favourites include A Midsummer Night's Dream (playing Bottom), You're A Good Man Charlie Brown (playing Snoopy), Clybourne Park and How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found. One of his favourite things about this production has been learning "To Be Or Not To Be ... " but not getting to say it. Seriously. He's a bit weird like that.
Sharita Oomeer has been a Tower member since 2006. As the smallest of the Tragedians, she has enjoyed mastering her tumbling and disporting skills and learning about all things piratey, whilst making entrances to the sound of drums and flute. She has always dreamed of playing Ophelia, and the fact that she doesn't drown in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern is a bonus.
Take note, fellow players : "We're actors, we're the opposite of people".
Ruth Sullivan joined the Tower in 2007 and has acted, directed and choreographed as well as been a member of the Committee, the Artistic Team and (currently) the Marketing Group.
Directing credits include The Sea, The Last Five Years, The Maids, Macbeth and The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
She recently choreographed Jesus Christ Superstar for Centre Stage and this summer performed in Simon McBurney's The Magic Flute at the Aix-en-Provence Festival.