King Charles III  
King Charles III

by Mike Bartlett

Directed by Ruth Sullivan

Wednesday 23rd January - Saturday 26th January and Tuesday 29th January - Saturday 2nd February, 2019

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

5 * review from London Theatre 1

"King Charles III is definitely worth a trip to North London to go and see ... there is certainly plenty to take in, enjoy and contemplate in this first-rate production."

"I know, don't ask me how, that I will be the greatest King of all."

Photography by David Sprecher

Cast List

King Charles III : Martin South
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall : Jo Nevin
William, Duke of Cambridge : Dan Draper
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge : Helen McGill
Harry, Prince Henry of Wales : Ben Grafton
Jess : Sal Fulcher
Evans, Prime Minister : Jess Hammett
Stevens, Leader of the Opposition : Robert Orchard
James Reiss : Alistair Maydon

Ensemble : Annemarie Fearnley, Jonathan Wober, Nigel Oram, Ben Kynaston, Sergio Cittadino, Sabrina Asrafova, Sarah Cotton

Singers : Stephanie Irvine, Lili Harges, Jane Reilly, Katie Costello, Chloé Monneron, Erica Carter, Kieron Connolly, Claire Henshaw, Vyvian Shaw, Alison Edwards, Sheila Webb, Ruth Carter, Saphia Bishop, Jane Hughes, Jim Armstrong, and leader Tara Creme


Production Team

Director : Ruth Sullivan
Set Design : Max Batty
Costume Design : Kathleen Morrison
Lighting Design : Rob Hebblethwaite
Sound Design : Ruth Sullivan
Additional Sound : Laurence Tuerk
Composer : Tara Creme

Stage Manager : Roanne Insley
ASMs : Jacqui Dickson, Jonathan Brandt
Props Co-ordinator and ASM : Michelle Roebuck
Sound Operator : Laurence Tuerk
Lighting Operator : Emily Carmichael
Get-In and Rigging : John McSpadyen, Wendy Parry, Janet South, Jude Chalk, Keith Syrett

Martin South has acted and directed for the Tower Theatre Company for more than thirty years and has been its Artistic Director. He last appeared for the Tower as O'Brien in 1984, and his other recent acting roles for the company include Boolie Werthan in Driving Miss Daisy, the Player in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Benjamin Britten in The Habit of Art, Sackville in The Turn of the Screw, Patrick Brontë and others in Brontë, Neddy Beagle in The Night Heron and Kenneth in Love, Love, Love. For other companies, he has recently appeared as Elyot Chase (Private Lives - Hemar Theatre), Eli Sham (Dirty Bird - Riot Act), Caius Cassius (Coverage - Riot Act), Henry Bratsberg (The League of Youth - Riot Act) and Jarrett (Ratchet - Pass the Buck).
Joanna Nevin trained at Drama Centre, London. This is her third production with the Tower Theatre Company, having played Sandra in Love, Love, Love and Emily Brontë in Brontë. Other recent theatre credits include Lady Macbeth in Macbeth and Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet (both in rep at the Ashcroft Theatre), Lily Byrne in A Man of No Importance (Arts Theatre and Union Theatre), Elizabeth in The Legend of Lola Montez (UK Tour) and Lisa in The Love Shack (Theatro Technis).

This is Daniel Draper's third production with the Tower having appeared in the title parts in Frankenstein and Henry V earlier this year. Recent roles with other troupes include Banquo in Macbeth, Richard II in Richard II, Sir Robert Morton in The Winslow Boy, and Teddy Deakin in The Ghost Train.
This is Helen McGill's ninth show with the Tower, having performed in Di and Viv and Rose, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Priory, Time and The Conways, Marching Song, Chalet Lines and Dumb Show in previous seasons. Helen has also performed with Putney Arts Theatre, where she played the role of Phoebe in Party. Before arriving in London in 2013, she acted with companies in Liverpool where her roles included Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Yelena in Uncle Vanya.
Ben Grafton is delighted to be appearing in his first production with the Tower Theatre Company. In recent years he has performed in Putney where latest credits include Alex in BU21, David O. Selznick in Moonlight and Magnolias, and Harry in The Ladykillers. He has played non-speaking roles in several student and independent films and did some voiceover work while living in Paris. Monday to Friday, Ben is most likely to be found lugging around a camera and making social media content.
This is Sal Fulcher's first production with the Tower. She also performs with Theatre in the Square and in the last few years has played Bella in Rabbit at the Rosemary Branch, Viola/Queen Elizabeth/Portia in What She Will at the Bridewell and Estella in Great Expectations at the Minack. In 2017 she directed Eurydice at the Pleasance studio. She also has a BA in Drama, Film and TV and an MA in Script writing and hopes to produce her own plays in the future.
Jessica Hammett has been a Tower Theatre member since 2011 and has acted in The Accrington Pals, 1984, Sailor, Beware! and most recently, Liz Cromwell in Wolf Hall. She has also costumed numerous productions over the years including After The Dance and The Kitchen Sink, and she directed Time and the Conways.
After decades working in parliament as a journalist, Robert Orchard finally gets the chance to become a politician on stage, following a flurry of five, or was it six, minor characters in Pravda - his Tower debut. Most of Robert's acting was long ago in Wales, including parts in Journey's End, Claw, Under Milk Wood, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Bingo, and The Alchemist. Bitten by the bug (and bugs) of outdoor drama, he helped found the pro-am Everyman Open Air Theatre Festival near Cardiff, before launching his own company, Moonlight Theatre. As a BBC parliamentary correspondent, Robert's performing was long confined to gently satirising politicians for Yesterday in Parliament. But he's now come to realise they are misunderstood, and simply doing their best to safeguard democracy, or at least save their seats.
Alistair Maydon most recently played Yakov in The Seagull. Prior to that he appeared in Wolf Hall making his first trip to the wonderful Minack Theatre. He is excited to be involved in his second show at the new Tower Theatre.
In her many years at the Tower, Annemarie Fearnley's roles have included Polly Peachum (The Threepenny Opera), Irina (Three Sisters), Eugenie (Vincent in Brixton), Susan (Company), Dick (Dick Whittington), Witch (Macbeth), Titania (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Emilia (The Winter's Tale), Anne Vaux (5/11), Dorothy (Farewell to the Theatre), Ensemble (David Copperfield and Nicholas Nickleby), violinist in Lark Rise, a singer in Telstar and parts in 1984 and sound/foley in the revival of Kindertransport at The Gatehouse. She has also performed with All Star Productions in Assassins at Theatro Technis and in Company (playing Susan, again!) with Completely Productions at The Bull. She is also a founder member of the Tower's home-grown bands, Simply Vocal and The Checkmates.
This is Jonathan Wober's eighteenth Tower production since joining in 2009, when he appeared in The Archbishop's Ceiling and Dangerous Corner. He has toured with the Tower to Paris in Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Winter's Tale and to the Minack Theatre in Cornwall in David Copperfield and The Return of the Marionettes. Other productions have included The Odd Couple, Jump to Cow Heaven, Tartuffe, The Kitchen Sink, Farewell to the Theatre, Handbagged and Harvey.
Nigel Oram has appeared in seven previous Tower productions (Farragut North, Othello, Doctor Faustus, The Importance of Being Earnest, An Enemy of the People, Pravda and The Seagull). He has also stage managed (Clybourne Park) and operated sound and/or lights (Major Barbara, Travesties, Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, Mother's Day, Charley's Aunt, The Night Heron and Table).
Ben Kynaston has joined the Tower Theatre Company about a year ago and this is his second production, having played the Clown in The Winter's Tale in London and Paris last summer.
This is Sergio Cittadino's Tower debut, after joining the company at the end of the summer. Italian born and naturalised British, Sergio has a BA in Classics, an MA in Jewish Studies, and is trilingual (and he also likes Oxford commas). He played the title role in Ithiel, the Cushite of Venice (the first-ever Hebrew translation of Othello, the Moor of Venice and of any Shakespearean play) at his alma mater's theatre, UCL's Bloomsbury Theatre/Studio, in June 2018. He is very excited to be starting his journey with the Tower!
Sabrina Asrafova is currently in her second year of A-Levels, studying English Literature, History and French; she has applied to study English at university where she hopes to continue doing theatre. This is her first show with the Tower; she became a member around two months ago. Although she had previously participated in workshops, masterclasses and community theatre projects, this is her first ever show. She enjoys the fact that being in a show allows her to analyse a play beyond the words on the page. She is excited to see how this show will unfold and looks forward to getting involved with more things with the Tower in the future.
This is Sarah Cotton's first production with the Tower Theatre Company. Having been involved in amateur dramatics from a young age, her credits include the title part in Robin Hood, Helen Walsingham in Half a Sixpence and the choreographer Cheryl in Richard and Judy : The Musical. She is now involved in TV, film and media in a professional capacity and very excited to be part of the Tower Theatre performing King Charles III.
Ruth Sullivan joined the Tower in 2007 and has performed, directed, choreographed and designed sound for many productions. Directing credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Sea, The Last Five Years, The Maids, Macbeth and The Mystery of Edwin Drood, while recent choreography includes 1984 and Nell Gwynn. As a Foley Artist, her work in TV and film includes Bodyguard, Killing Eve, Breathe, The Death of Stalin, Labyrinth, Fearless, Rillington Place, Dickensian, Flowers, Red Dwarf, Downton Abbey, Wolf Hall, Spooks, Desert Dancer, Eyes Wide Shut, Mamma Mia!, 28 Days Later and The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, for which she won an Emmy.
She also works in the theatre performing live sound effects - productions include Cabaret for the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen and The Hush at the National Theatre - and she regularly works with directors Katie Mitchell (Rings of Saturn, The Yellow Wallpaper, Wunschloses Unglück) and Simon McBurney (The Magic Flute).