Richard III  
Richard III

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Kornelia Adelajda

Wednesday 17 - Saturday 27 May, 2023

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

Photography by Jason Harris

Cast List

Richard : Chris Frawley
Clarence / Mayor : Daniel Watson
Edward / Lieutenant : Nick Hall
Buckingham : Matthew Tylianakis
Catesby : Simran Dhadda
Hastings : Kevin Furness
Stanley : Nick Campos
Queen Margaret : Kornelia Adelajda
Queen Elizabeth : Landé Belo
Rivers / Messenger : Rita Lieder
Dorset / Murderer / Messenger / Undertaker : Tom Brooks
Grey / Murderer/ Messenger / Undertaker : Rachel Verhoef
Lady Anne : Stephanie Irvine
Richmond : Lucy Moss
Prince Edward : Norbert Szabo
Prince Richard of York : Natalia Sampson Flandro or Annika Sampson Flandro

 

Production Team

Director : Kornelia Adelajda
Set Design : Sara Svati and Jude Chalk
Costume Design : Laura Coulton
Lighting Design : Alexander Kampmann
Sound Design : Matthew Ibbotson
Music compiled by Kornelia Adelajda
Projections created by Harry Tomlin

Stage Manager : Laurence Tuerk
Assistant Director : Ragan Keefer
ASMs : Lucy Moss, Moira McSperrin
Lighting Operator : Ragan Keefer or Alexander Kampmann
Sound Operator : Chris Shiel
Construction Manager : Max Batty
Set Construction and Rigging : Angelika Michitsch, Keith Syrett, Phillip Ley, Gary O'Keefe, Hannah Both, Laura Baines, Gedmina Zenkeviciute, Emily White, Alex Burton, Giorgia Bresciani, Richard Kerrigan and members of the cast & crew
Chaperone : Angharad Ormond



Chris Frawley
Chris Frawley joined the Tower in September 2021. Originally from Belfast, he moved to Manchester as a student and performed in a number of short films, small theatre roles along with numerous theatre in education productions and murder mystery events before drifting away from performing. After many years away Chris was very excited to get involved with such a wonderful company and has loved getting back on stage. Richard III will be his third production with the Tower after previously being part of Bouncers in 2022 and Lynndie’s Gotta Gun in 2023.
  Daniel Watson
Daniel Watson is delighted to be performing in Richard III. It is his sixth Shakespeare production with the Tower. Last seen as Brian in Dead Funny, he's enjoyed playing a good range of parts for the Tower, including Hugh Evans in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Montague in Romeo and Juliet, Grumio in The Taming of The Shrew, Oliver in As You Like It, Ross in Macbeth, Pseodolus in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Freddy in Pygmalion, Fred in Fallen Angels, Uriah Heep in David Copperfield and Teddy in The Homecoming. Other favourite productions in which he was cast include Dancing at Lughnasa, Hard Times, Lady Windermere's Fan and Nell Gwynn.
Nick Hall
This is Nick Hall's third full show with the Tower, after playing Christie in Gainsborough's Girls and Antonio in The Merchant of Venice. As Macbeth he was one of Tower's "King's Players” performing Shakespeare à la Carte at the British Embassy in Paris; as Thomas Cromwell in The Court Must Have a Queen; John in American Gothic; and Basil Hallwood/Dad in The Pictures of Dora Gray (Writer’s Room). Previously, with Jumble Theatre Company, he performed in Pieces of Home (a monologues show) and as Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest.
  Matt Tylianakis
For the Tower, Matt Tylianakis was previously seen as Gratiano in The Merchant of Venice and as Otis/Gaddarn in Coram Boy. He's been fairly active in the London amateur theatre scene since arriving here over a decade ago from New Zealand. He's appeared as Soranzo in Tis Pity She's A Whore (KDC), as Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd (Spread Eagle Players) and as Harry Brewer in Our Country's Good (SEDOS). In real life he works in the graphic design industry as digital damage control.
Simran Dhadda
Simran Dhadda is an actress/writer. She has performed in several fringe theatre productions and has featured on TV series aired on Channel 5 and Smithsonian Channel USA. She also holds Grade 7 on the drums and plays regularly in musical groups. This is the first production at the Tower Theatre that Simran will be performing in!
  Kevin Furness
Kevin Furness joined the Tower in 2018. This is his ninth show with the company, having appeared in 1984, To Kill A Mockingbird, Pygmalion, Penny From Heaven, Port Authority, Bouncers, Ghost Stories and All That Fall.
Nic Campos
Nic Campos is all too glad to be returning to the Tower once again in Shakespeare. He debuted last year as Antonio in a truly delightful production of Twelfth Night, deftly directed by Emma Miles. While he has begun his time as an Early Career Teacher for Secondary English, he has been yearning for his next production and could not be more pleased to be creating alongside this fine cast and crew under Kornelia's powerfully specific vision. Please enjoy. Nic dedicates his second Tower performance to his partner Christie.
  Landé Belo
Landé Belo's acting credits with the Tower include Francine/Lena in Clybourne Park; multiple characters in Doctor Faustus; Prudence in The House of Bernarda Alba; Pope Joan/Louise in Top Girls; Jellaby in Arcadia and Cynthia in Sweat. Her directing credits with the Tower include Fix Up (2019); I can’t breathe: being black in a time of Covid (part of the Love [and Survival] Festival) (2021), Mules (2021) and Leave Taking (2022). She also worked as Assistant Director on To Kill A Mocking Bird (2018) and Sweat (2020). During lockdown, she co-produced The Tower Theatre Podcast and directed and acted in various plays on Virtual Tower. Previously a member of the Tower Theatre Artistic Team, she currently sits on Tower’s Board of Trustees. She is an advocate of socially engaged and inclusive programming and has driven various initiatives to bring about more diversity and inclusion to the Tower Theatre and the creative arts industry. She is particularly passionate about promoting black, female voices in theatre.
Rita Lieder
Rita Lieder joined the Tower Theatre in January 2023. It is her first theatrical endeavour in London. Rita discovered her love for acting during her high school years in Cologne – her first production, Measure for Measure, was selected for the 33.Schultheaterwoche Festival and was performed on the stage of Cologne City Theatre (Schauspielhaus). Later, she moved to Berlin to study law where she founded a drama club with her fellow students. One of their latest productions was Harold Pinter's One For The Road. Rita was also participating in productions of Junges Deutsche Theater and Universität der Künste Berlin.
  Thomas Brooks
Richard III is Thomas Brooks' first production with the Tower Theatre. His latest productions completed at University include Oberon and Theseus in a Midsummer Night’s Dream, Max in Organised Chaos, an original piece directed by Sofia Zaragoza, and Tom Sr and John in Lost Connections, an original piece by Ragan Keefer. He is extremely excited to be working with such a talented cast and crew.
Rachel Verhoef
Richard III is Rachel Verhoef’s first production with the Tower Theatre. Her latest productions done in university include Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Masha/Natasha in Three Sisters: a Comedy and Claire in The Maids. She is currently working on earning her Acting MFA at University of East London. She is very excited to be involved with such a talented cast and crew.
  Stephanie Irvine
This is Stephanie Irvine’s fourth production with the Tower, following Improbable Fiction (2022), Coram Boy (2022), and Mules (2021). Before that she performed in Lysistrata and As You Like It at the Arcola Theatre with Arcola Participation. Stephanie used to be a radio journalist at the BBC World Service and now works for an environmental charity.
Lucy Moss
Lucy Moss is a playwright, director and actor. She was most recently seen in Play, and before that Nine Night, Mules and The Boy who Fell into a Book, all at the Tower Theatre. Online, she played Mother in Vitual Tower's award-winning zoom play adaptation of Metamorphosis, and she created the audio-drama Five Women with Angharad Ormond and Colin Guthrie. She co-wrote The Canterbury Tales adaptation and has appeared in a variety of other shows, including two different productions of The Seagull in 2018, where she played Irina each time. When not on stage, she assists with costume and make-up.
  Norbert Szabo
Norbert Szabo is originally from Hungary and trained as an actor at the University of the West of England in Bristol. His acting experience includes working on classic and contemporary stage plays such as The Cherry Orchard and Constellations, short films and music videos. This is Norbert’s second production with Tower Theatre; he performed in No Room at the Inn last December which was part of the Writers’ Room showcase. Norbert finished writing his own stage play called A Safe Place based on factory farming and also wrote the first episode for an animated series called Skippers which will be produced by a London based studio.
Natalia Sampson Flandro
Natalia Sampson Flandro has performed in Annie with the British Theatre Academy and participates in drama activities at her primary school. This is her second appearance with the Tower Theatre, having been in Lynndie's Gotta Gun earlier this year.
  Annika Sampson Flandro
This is Annika Sampson Flandro's second time working with the Tower Theatre; she appeared in Lynndie's Gotta Gun earlier this year. Previously she has performed with the British Theatre Academy in musicals including Moana, Matilda and Annie. She has also performed in school productions such as the musical Sister Act.
Kornelia Adelajda
Kornelia Adelajda has been a member of the Tower since last year and performed in Saturnalia (part of the Writers’ Room – December show). She studied Shakespeare as her major and spent many years on academically dissecting his plays. She also used to lead a theatre group focused on performing Shakespeare in any context but traditional. Kornelia has directed a 1920s tango-infused version of The Taming of the Shrew and a modern, stripped-down interpretation of The Tempest. She has supported other projects as an Assistant Director and organised and led workshops centred on performing Shakespearean text. Her credits as an actor include Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew, Kent in King Lear, Tamora in Titus Andronicus, Verges in Much Ado About Nothing and characters in modern plays The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland, Fake News and Saturnalia. Kornelia is also a member of the South London Theatre and dabbles in choreography.