The Merry Wives of Windsor  
The Merry Wives of Windsor

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Rob Ellis and Ciara Robley

Tuesday 4th - Sunday 9th June, 2019

Jardin Shakespeare, Paris

Photography by Laurence Tuerk

Cast List

Mistress Ford : Jill Davy
Mistress Page : Helen McCormack
John Falstaff : John Chapman
Ford : Sangita Modgil
Page : Samantha Wright
Mistress Quickly / Justice Shallow : Madeleine Gordon
Anne Page / Host of the Garter Inn : Aimee Morris
Sir Hugh Evans : Daniel Watson
Fenton / Nym : James Van Langenberg
Pistol / Simple : Flavia Corina Di Saverio
Slender : Carlos Fain-Binda


Production Team

Directed by : Rob Ellis and Ciara Robley
Set Design : Max Batty
Costume Design : Lynda Twidale
Sound Design : Anna Kovacs
Music and Lyrics : Rob Ellis and Colin Guthrie
Subtitles : Richard Pedersen

Production Manager : Martin Mulgrew
Company Stage Manager : Richard Pedersen
DSM : Michelle Roebuck
Administration and Front-of-House : Laurence Tuerk, Jean Carr, David Holyoake, Beryl Holyoake
Transport : Phillip Ley

Jill Davy most recently played Polina in The Seagull for the Tower Theatre. Other roles include Miss Bourne in The Ghost Train (KDC), Happy and The Sailor in The Happy Show, Bev and Kathy in the Tower's production of Clybourne Park and Elaine in Breathing Corpses (KDC). Other shows include The Science Experiment which was Jill's first produced play for Front of House Theatre Company, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol, The Great Santa Kidnap, The Haunting of Hill House, Up Pompeii, The 101 Dalmatians, Kindly Leave the Stage and a variety of resort residential shows and musicals, theatre in education and panto tours. Jill has a Bachelor of classical singing from the University of Melbourne and a Masters in Music Theatre Performance from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
Helen McCormack is a longstanding Tower member and has appeared in a variety of roles from one of the children in Blue Remembered Hills to Paulina in Death and the Maiden. More recently she has played Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, the Queen in Handbagged, Katherine of Aragon in Wolf Hall and Edith Cavell in Edith and Margueritte.
By day John Chapman works as a freelance education consultant, writer and copy editor. Prior to this he worked at the "chalkface" for rather longer than he cares to remember. John first took to the stage as a schoolboy pretending to be a Latin frog. Decades later he has found himself involved with over 150 productions. Favourite acting roles along the way have been Hector in The History Boys, Norman in The Norman Conquests, Felix in Humble Boy and Mr Micawber in David Copperfield. Most memorable of all was when he got to play Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Barbican and in Stratford upon Avon in Tower Theatre's collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2016. Best directing jobs have been with The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Lord of The Flies, Glorious! and the ten works of Alan Ayckbourn which he has steered to a successful conclusion. He has always been interested in the world of drama and has served as a panellist for professional stage awards. He has recently expanded his theatre reviewing via his blog Second From Bottom.
Merry Wives is Sangita Modgil's second production with the Tower Theatre having appeared in Henry V last year. Whilst on sabbatical from her day job as a barrister, she rekindled her love of acting and has attended a series of RADA evening courses. Having also completed the RADA Shakespeare summer school she played a number of roles in the school's production of Pericles.
The Merry Wives of Windsor is Samantha Wright's fifth production with the Tower Theatre. She is looking forward to returning to Paris after going there with The Winter's Tale last year. Samantha has trained with City Lit and Identity School of Acting. She is a member of Third Person Theatre, an improvisational theatre group. Other recent roles have been Roisin In New Labour and Emma in Contractions.
This is Madeleine Gordon's fifth show with the Tower having appeared in Pravda and Nell Gwynn in 2017 and in Antigone and Shoot the Bugger last year. Her other recent credits include Nerissa in The Merchant of Venice (Richmond Shakespeare Society, Oct 2016), Anne Brontë We Three Sisters (RSS, March 2016) and Harriet in Teddington Theatre Club's production of Colder Than Here for which she was nominated for a Arts Richmond SWAN Award. She trained in Theatre Arts at Goldsmiths College, London.
This is Aimee Morris's first production with the Tower. She graduated with an MA in Shakespeare Studies and has performed part-time with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Comedy holds a special place in Aimee's heart, and alongside her Shakespearean endeavours she is an aspiring comedian.
Daniel Watson has worked as an actor on numerous Tower Theatre productions including Nell Gwynn, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, David Copperfield, Macbeth, The Homecoming, Lock Up Your Daughters, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Habeas Corpus, As You Like It, Sail Away, Hard Times, Relative Values, Fallen Angels, Pygmalion, Shakespeare a la Carte, Rutherford and Son, Dancing at Lughnasa, Lady Windermere's Fan, Tonight at 8.30 and An Enemy of the People.
After a brief stint on Australian soap-opera Neighbours, James Van Langenberg spent two years in Toronto, CA and featured in over 13 independent short and feature length films before relocating to London to continue his training on stage. James trained with the R.C.S.S.D and recently played Alonso in Simon Wegrzyns' modern adaption of The Tempest at the Courtyard Theatre. He is proud to be working on his next Shakespearean adventure with the Tower Theatre Company.
Flavia Di Saverio joined the Tower Theatre last year and she appeared as the Page in Antigone. She has been involved in amateur theatre since she was a child. She has an MA in Translation from the University of Bologna (Italy), having presented her own translation into Italian of Liz Lochheads's Medea as her final dissertation, and has directed and acted in plays in Italian, Spanish, English and French. Her stage credits include roles in Pygmalion, Black Comedy, Our Town, Round Heads and Pointed Heads.
This is not just Carlos Fain-Binda's first performance with the Tower Theatre, but his first in about ten years since he played Phillip in his school production of Orphans. He stage-managed a production of The Odd Couple at university, and did a week-long acting training course at the Poor School. He could not think of a better place to return to acting than the Tower Theatre. Carlos loves having a theatre right on his doorstep in London.
Ciara Robley is directing her first show for the Tower, having previously appeared on stage in three recent productions - Antigone and 1984 last year, and Pravda in 2017. Previous roles include Wynne in Dinner (New London Actors), Orinthia in The Apple Cart, First Girl in Blood Wedding and Hoodie/Despair in What the Dickens (KDC Theatre). She has also previously dabbled behind the scenes as Assistant Director in A Number (KDC Theatre) and as composer in Gormenghast (SEDOS).
Rob Ellis has a Masters in Theatre Directing from the University of East Anglia. Directing includes The Taming of the Shrew, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Quite Right Theatre), Unicorn (Theatre N16), Bluebird (Katzpace), Six Pack (Leicester Square Theatre), A Matter Of Life and Debt, Positive (Edinburgh Fringe) As Associate/Assistant: Bismillah! (UK Tour; Pleasance Theatre, Islington; VAULT Festival), The Three Musketeers (Iris Theatre, Covent Garden), A Princess Undone (Park Theatre), The Passing Of The Third Floor Back (Finborough Theatre) For the Tower, Rob has directed The 39 Steps and Clybourne Park, but is usually kept busy as a sound designer, most recently for Antigone and Wolf Hall.