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About Chapterhouse Theatre Company

 
 

Chapterhouse Theatre Company Enters Its 18th Year

 
 


In the Winter of 1999 Chapterhouse Theatre Company took its first steps towards becoming one of a number of touring theatre companies specialising in performing under the stars and at some of the most beautiful gardens the UK had to offer. The very first performance was at Herstmonceux Castle where the company performed Romeo and Juliet by the moat of the beautiful Tudor building. It was the start of an incredible 17 years which has seen the company go from strength to strength changing and adapting to new audiences and challenges every year but holding the same principals of producing warm, traditional and hopefully magical theatre in magical surroundings.

 

It remains a pleasure and honour to create shows for both the wonderful venues we have the privilege of visiting and also the incredible audiences who join us on our summer evenings. Thank you so much from us to all of you for making it possible for us to continue to bring theatre to you.

Chapterhouse supported by:

dale and co


           
 

Chapterhouse Production Team

 
 

RICHARD MAIN, PRODUCER

 
  Richard Main - Producer
Richard is Producer and Artistic Director for Chapterhouse Theatre Company. Chapterhouse have toured significant historic venues and theatres throughout the UK, Europe and China for over fifteen years. His background is in event management and performance having worked with and for companies ranging from The National Trust, English Heritage, Sony and GlaxoSmithKline.

Richard was a member of avant-garde/jazz band 4,000,000 Telephones, releasing a number of acclaimed records and touring the UK and Europe. In the ‘90s, he produced for The Lincoln Mystery Plays, the Lincoln Shakespeare Company and numerous regional East Midlands music and theatre events.

  In 1999 Chapterhouse was created specifically to tour Shakespearean productions but this has grown to be one of the foremost classical literature touring companies in the UK..

Richard can be contacted on:

TEL:01522 569222

EMAIL RICHARD


 

JOHN MAVEN, I.T. &  ADMINISTRATION

 
  John Maven - IT & Administration
After training in IT and Administration, John joined Chapterhouse Theatre Company in 2001 as an Office Administration Assistant. Since then he has progressed within the company and is now in the post of Senior Administrator. John oversees many areas of office business including the company’s finance department. Working alongside Producer, Richard Main, he currently designs the company’s publicity material including creating the well-known and beautiful Chapterhouse images.

  He is involved in all aspects of office admin, most importantly turning the office PCs off and on again when they go wrong. When he’s not at work, John likes to spend his time listening to an eclectic mix of music and watching films. He particularly enjoys reading science fiction and is an avid follower of the World of Warcraft and football.

John can be contacted directly on:

TEL:01522 569222

EMAIL JOHN


 

CHELSEA BUCKTHORP-LEWIS, PRESS & ADMINISTRATION MANAGER

 
  Chelsea Buthorp - press & Publicity
Chelsea is an English Literature graduate from Kingston University, London. In her role as Press and Administration Manager, she liaises with the media across the UK and Ireland and oversees all aspects of office administration and marketing. Prior to Chapterhouse, Chelsea worked in bookselling and events for Waterstones. Chelsea has won awards for being Bookseller of the region and is proud to have worked on promotional events with many well-known authors such as Daren Shan, Alison Weir and John Connolly.

Before Chapterhouse, she also worked as a reporter for the Lincolnite, it was in this capacity that she had her first experience of open-air theatre when she reviewed a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Chapterhouse.

  Outside of work, Chelsea enjoys creative writing and going on adventures around the world.

For press related enquiries Chelsea can be contacted directly on:

TEL:01522 569777

EMAIL CHELSEA


 

BETH CHARLTON, OFFICE MANAGER

 
  Chelsea Buthorp - press & Publicity
Beth recently joined Chapterhouse Theatre Company as Office Manager. A Psychology graduate from Sheffield Hallam University, who has also worked in the hotel and retail sectors in both Lincoln and Sheffield. Beth brings to her new role a lifelong love of the theatre, arts and literature. Beth studied drama as part of her English Literature A-Level which fuelled her interest in theatre production, and is excited to develop this within her new role.

  In her spare time, she enjoys visiting art galleries, reading modern literature and poetry by A.E Housman and James Fenton, as well as pursuing her passion for photography and creating artwork.


 

ZARA LANE, ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANT

 
 
Zara joined Chapterhouse Theatre Company in the summer and is thoroughly enjoying her position here taking on the role of admin assistant.
She has recently finished her A-levels including Philosophy, Business Studies and Sociology, during this time she spent a year caring, predominantly being involved in palliative care.



  Zara has taken part in theatre productions, ballet performances and many concerts over the years and is very partial to the musical side of theatre. Furthering her love for Jazz she has started teaching herself ‘Jazz piano’.
She previously lived in New Zealand for seven years, which kindled her love for her family, extreme sports and general outdoor life.


 

DANIEL JAMES NICHOL, ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANT

 
 
Before coming to Chapterhouse Theatre Company, Daniel worked in the hospitality industry for 15 years.
On leaving school, he studied Theatre Crafts at college, after which he pursued a career working within hotels and restaurants in Lincoln’s historic quarter. Having previously worked predominantly in a front of house role, Daniel is one of one of the newest members of the team as an Admin Assistant.

  Working with Chapterhouse has given him this opportunity to revisit his more creative side.
Outside of work, Daniel enjoys travelling to European countries and experiencing different cultures. He has a keen interest in fashion and loves Japanese cartoons.


 

COURTNEY DAVIS, PRESS ASSISTANT

 
 
Courtney has been involved with acting and performing since the age of 5 and was also a dancer up until the age of 16. She studied a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Acting and is now studying Drama at the University of Lincoln, in which she joined Chapterhouse as part of her placement module.




  Courtney mainly helps by assisting in the press office but also helps out with other areas of the company where necessary. Courtney is very excited to be joining Chapterhouse and in her free time she enjoys walking and being amongst nature.


 

CHARLOTTE PADDINGTON-McDERMOTT, TOUR LOGISTICS

 
  CHARLOTTE PARTINGTON-McDERMOTT - PERSONAL ASSISTANT TO RICHARD MAIN
Charlotte joined Chapterhouse in 2013 and progressed from admin assistant to personal assistant to Richard Main. Charlotte has a first class honours degree in Politics from University of Lincoln and a Masters with Distinction in Management and Corporate Governance from Ulster Ulster.
Charlotte has since relocated to Dublin to work as a Company Secretary but could not quite part with the Chapterhouse team, she continues to work remotely for Chapterhouse, arranging the logistics of tour by organising the on tour accommodation for our casts.

  In her spare time Charlotte enjoys reading novels and playing with her Cat and best friend, LilyBob.

For accommodation enquiries please contact:

EMAIL CHARLOTTE


 

PEARL CONSTANCE, COSTUMIER AND WARDROBE

 
  CHARLOTTE PARTINGTON-McDERMOTT - PERSONAL ASSISTANT TO RICHARD MAIN
Pearl assisted with costume for the first Chapterhouse production and is pleased to note that 15 years later some of the shirts are still in use. Pearl enjoys researching period clothing and the challenge of adapting it and making it practical for outdoor theatre.


  Pearl became wardrobe mistress in 2013. She (and her husband) are grateful that as part of the recent wardrobe expansion she now has a well-equipped sewing room at the Chapterhouse offices, which mean her home is no longer full of furry fawn legs, fabric and costumes in various states of finish and repair.

TEL:01522 569222

EMAIL PEARL


 

LAURA TURNER, ASSOCIATE PLAYWRIGHT

 
 
Laura is a writer for stage and screen. She has written more than twenty original plays and adaptations of classic novels and her current work The Buried Moon premiered in London at The Rose Playhouse Bankside this summer. Laura is a graduate of the Royal Court Young Writers’ Programme and her writing has been supported by the Kevin Spacey Foundation. Her first radio play was a finalist in the BBC Alfred Bradley Bursary Award and her plays have been longlisted for the Bruntwood Playwriting Prize. For television, Laura completed the BBC Holby City and Casualty Shadow Schemes and has written for EastEnders: E20.

  In 2016, her short film The Empty Throne won a BUFVC Learning on Screen award at BFI Southbank. Her plays are published by Josef Weinberger and her first feature film, Lapwing, is now in post-production, starring Emmett Scanlan (Hollyoaks, The Fall) and Sebastian de Souza (Skins, Ophelia). Laura is under commission to The Customs House South Shields, Humber Mouth Festival, East Riding Theatre and the Petersfield Shakespeare Festival and she is currently developing a television pilot.

 

JASON ADDISON, ASSOCIATE LIGHTING DESIGNER

 
 
Jason is from Lincoln but has recently moved to Hull and is currently Technician at Hull Truck Theatre as well as a freelance Lighting Designer and Production Electrician. He began his professional career in 2005 with Chapterhouse Theatre Company as a Production Assistant and Technician. Since then he has worked on a wide range Productions, Events and Projects in the UK and Worldwide.
  Jason’s design credits include Keep Calm and Tell It and Echoes (Hull Truck Theatre Co. ACT III) Multiplex, The Castle, Hearts, Pronoun, Rainbows Ending, Dictation and My Romantic History (Hull Truck Theatre Co. Youth Theatre) Royal Flush (Rich Seam Theatre Co.) The Flying Flapper (Rhubarb Theatre Co.) Treasure Island (Cambridge Touring Theatre) Up Pompeii and Brontë (Hull Playgoers Society) Happy Families (Action Community Theatre) Lesley Garret VIP Concert (Warner Leisure Hotels) Born in the Gardens, Hard times, The Fair Maid of the West and Look Back In Anger (Creative Cow) As You Like It (Cygnet Co.) The Jungle Book, A Christmas Carol, Pride & Prejudice and Sense & Sensibility (Chapterhouse Theatre Co.)

Jason is delighted to be Associate Lighting Designer at Chapterhouse.

           
   
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