The Railway King  
The Railway King : A Warning from History

by Matthew Partridge

Directed by Angelika Michitsch

Sunday 19 November, 2023

In the Tower Theatre Studio, Stoke Newington

A rehearsed reading of a new play by Matthew Partridge - the story of George Hudson who started life as a humble draper’s apprentice in York, went on to be one of the richest and most powerful men in Britain, controlling just under a third of Britain's railway network, and then ended up bankrupt and exiled, his name synonymous for fraud and deception.

Cast :
Martin Shaw
Emma Cornford
Louisa Shindle
Léopoldine Apra


Production Team
Director : Angelika Michitsch
Set Design : Angelika Michitsch
Costume Design : Kathleen Morrison
Lighting Design and Operation : Alexander Kampmann
Sound Design and Live Music : Colin Guthrie
Sound Operator : Matthew Ibbotson
Projection Design : Trinidad Prieto

Photography by Matthew Partridge
Martin Shaw
This is Martin Shaw's 12th show with the Tower Theatre since he joined the Company in 2011. He has toured to Paris with The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It and Much Ado About Nothing and has played at various venues in London and the North of England. He was last seen at the Tower Theatre in Death and the Maiden in 2022.
  Emma Cornford
Emma Cornford made her debut at the Tower last year playing Paulina in Death and the Maiden and has since appeared as one half of a Satanist couple in A Ten Minute Play About Rosemary’s Baby (Ghost Stories), Miss Fitt in All That Fall and an abused wife serving a life sentence in That Almost Unnameable Lust (Spring Forward). She is delighted to be part of The Railway King, especially as she is married to an employee of Network Rail! Emma has been teaching Drama in London comprehensives for many years and currently works in a secondary school in Walthamstow.
Louisa Shindle
Louisa Shindle joined the Tower Theatre in 2007. Her acting credits include Mrs Butcher Beynon/Mrs Willy Nilly in Under Milk Wood, Mrs Bradman in Blithe Spirit, Betty Chumley in Harvey, The Laundress in The Trial, Kitty in Taking Steps and (for SEDOS) Cora in Gormenghast. She regularly sings soprano in opera choruses, most recently in Harrow Opera's May 2023 production of The Magic Flute.
  Léopoldine Apra
Léopoldine Apra grew up in France, she moved to Manchester to study Drama at university before joining RADA for her masters in directing and dramaturgy. She also teaches French in Central London.
Angelika Michitsch
Angelika Michitsch joined the Tower Theatre in 2018, thrilled to find it would give her autodidactic nature the freedom to evolve into a maker of theatre and to collaborate on creating exciting productions. In some shape or form she has by now been involved in over 30 plays – either building or designing sets, making props, stage managing, devising, choreographing, even living through an interesting stint of acting, as well as making a short film about it all. Following Passing the Spoon in 2022, she is delighted to bring to life Matthew Partridge’s historic tale of railroads that ties in with her life-long affection for train journeys and all the adventures that come with it.