[Re] introducing the Tower Theatre Company
Originally founded in 1932 as the Tavistock Repertory Company, where performances were given at the Tavistock Little Theatre in Bloomsbury, the Tower Theatre eventually moved to Canonbury Tower in Islington and became the Tower Theatre. It resided there for 50 years until the lease expired in 2003, making the company homeless. The next 15 years saw the company tour extensively as well as perform in London’s The Bridewell Theatre, Theatro Technis and Upstairs at the Gatehouse.
The search for suitable premises has finally brought them to Stoke Newington where they secured a lease on the former Sunstone House. After an extensive renovation, the building has now become a fully functioning theatre venue and has recently opened its doors to wide acclaim and community support.
The theatre company is non-professional, however, many famous names have appeared early in their careers, notably Richard Baker, who for many years was president of its supporters club, The Friends of the Tower Theatre. Others to have acted with the Company over the years include the late Alec Clunes (father of Martin Clunes), Renée Asherson, Tom Courtenay, Siân Phillips, Michael Gambon, Alfred Molina and John Bennett.
The relocation is great news for Stoke Newington residents – and East London residents as well. The Company presents some 18 full-scale productions a year, and its programme makes it one of the busiest companies of its kind in the country.
The next production, King Charles III by Mike Bartlett and directed by Ruth Sullivan, opens on Wednesday 23rd January and runs through Saturday 2nd February.