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Chapterhouse Theatre Company Enters Its 20th 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 19 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


 

JAKE REYNOLDS, PRESS OFFICER

 
  Chelsea Buthorp - press & Publicity
Jake recently joined Chapterhouse Theatre Company as Press Officer after graduating from the University of East Anglia’s Poetry MA, and before that their English Literature with Creative Writing BA. Although his studies were often focused on poetry, Jake’s interest in the theatre permeated into his undergraduate dissertation, which took the form of a poetic ‘re-staging’ of notable characters from Shakespeare’s works. During his time at university Jake gained editorial experience in writing for both print and online publications.


  Jake reads and writes poetry every day; he has been published both online and in print, and was recently shortlisted for The White Review’s Poet’s Prize 2017. He is also interested in comedy, music, and walking (but rarely all three at once).

TEL:01522 569777

EMAIL JAKE


 

LAURA WILLIAMSON, ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANT

 
 
Laura joined Chapterhouse Theatre Company in the new year as an administration assistant, having graduated from the University of Nottingham last summer with a BA degree in History. During her time at university she was actively involved in both the university’s magazine publication and radio station predominantly in the sports departments but with some involvement in the entertainment section.

  During the breaks between her studies, Laura has also gained experience within the media industry in various capacities. Whilst never actively working within theatre, Laura enjoys theatrical productions with a particular love of musicals and comedies.

Outside of work Laura enjoys cooking, writing and following cricket.


 

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 PARTINGTON, 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 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, musicals, chocolate and books.

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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