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About Chapterhouse Theatre Company

 
 

Chapterhouse Theatre Company Enters Its 17th 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 & PUBLICITY

 
  Chelsea Buthorp - press & Publicity
Chelsea is an English Literature graduate from Kingston University, London. In her role as Press and Publicity Officer, she liaises with the media across the UK and Ireland and is also responsible for managing the company’s social media pages. 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 Darren 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 stunning production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Chapterhouse. As well as working within the media, she also enjoys creative writing. She has written a number of murder mystery parties and is currently working on a 9-12 children’s novel with her creative partner, Lauren Westwood.

For press related enquiries Chelsea can be contacted directly on:

TEL:01522 569777

EMAIL CHELSEA


 

NATALIE REED, ADMINISTRATION MANAGER

 
  CHARLOTTE PARTINGTON-McDERMOTT - PERSONAL ASSISTANT TO RICHARD MAIN
Natalie graduated from the Lincoln School of Performing Arts with Honours in Dance and Drama in 2010, since then she has gained a post graduate certificate in Physical Theatre working alongside the world renowned choreographer Jasmin Vardimon.
She has worked as a principle actor and dancer for several companies since graduation and she is always involved in local productions around Lincoln.

  Natalie has over 10 years experience of administration roles, ranging from schools to banking. She is involved with all aspects of administration at Chapterhouse and is very excited to be working along side the team.

TEL:01522 569222

EMAIL NATALIE

 

BRYONY MARTEL, ASSISTANT TO RICHARD MAIN

 
  CHARLOTTE PARTINGTON-McDERMOTT - PERSONAL ASSISTANT TO RICHARD MAIN
Bryony Martel is very excited to be the newest member of The Chapterhouse production team and is in training as a production assistant. Bryony recently finished studying at The Priory Academy LSST where she studied Business, English and German. She has taken part in many theatre productions over the years and studied Drama for GCSE.



  Bryony is also a keen sportswoman and has competed at International level in Modern Pentathlon which comprises of swimming, shooting, running, horse-riding and fencing.


 

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


 

BECKIE SIMS, ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANT

 
  CHARLOTTE PARTINGTON-McDERMOTT - PERSONAL ASSISTANT TO RICHARD MAIN
Beckie is an Illustration graduate from Derby University. After completing her studies she worked in China as a TEFL Teacher and travelled around Tokyo before starting her role as Administration Assistant at Chapterhouse Theatre Company.

  Within her role Beckie helps with all aspects of the admin department, she is also using her skills to create props and artwork for Chapterhouse Theatre Company. In her free time Beckie is an avid cyclist and enjoys performing in town centres, singing and playing guitar, ukulele and guitarlele.




 

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 has written more than 20 original plays and adaptations of classic novels for Chapterhouse. She is a graduate of the Royal Court Young Writers’ Programme and has worked with Bolton Octagon, Leicester Curve and Middle Child Theatre Company amongst others. Her first radio play was shortlisted for the BBC Alfred Bradley Bursary Award in 2014. Two of her original works for the stage have been longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting and Laura was awarded funding from the Kevin Spacey Foundation after her adaptation of Jane Eyre for Hull Truck Theatre toured in 2013.
  For television, Laura has written an episode of BBC EastEnders: E20 and scripts online material for the EastEnders website. She recently completed the BBC Holby City Shadow Scheme and has been working on a trial script for BBC Casualty as well as developing a television pilot, a short film and an original screenplay.

 

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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