Crime and Punishment  
Crime and Punishment

by Fyodor Dostoevsky, adapted by Chris Hannan

Directed by Colin Guthrie

Wednesday 26 June - Saturday 6 July, 2024

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

Photography by Jason Harris

Cast List

Mayank Adlakha
Raskolnikov : Mayank Adlakha

 

As Richards
Alyona/Pulkheria : As Richards

 

Eloise McCreedy
Sonya : Eloise McCreedy

 

Sakshi Verman
Dunya : Sakshi Verman

 

Phoebe Richards
Dunya : Phoebe Richards

Andrew Robinson
Marmeladov : Andrew Robinson

 

Emma Cornford
Katerina Ivanovna / Darya : Emma Cornford

 

Nick Hall
Porfiry Petrovich : Nick Hall

 

Eloise McCreedy
Ilya / Luzhin : Matt Tylianakis

 

Ricky Pancholi
Razumikhin : Ricky Pancholi

Tom Lafferty
Skabichevsky / Lebezyatnikov : Tom Lafferty

 

Alyona Kazarova
Lizaveta / Amalia : Alyona Kazarova

 

Alison Liney
Nastasya : Alison Liney

 

Peta Barker
Koch / Nikolai : Peta Barker

 



Other parts played by members of the company.

Production Team

Director :  Colin Guthrie
Set Design : Angelika Michitsch
Costume Design : Jean Carr
Lighting Design : Samuel Littley
Sound Design and Original Music composed by : Colin Guthrie

 



Stage Manager : Laurence Tuerk
Assistant Director : Jess Staufenberg
Deputy Stage Manager : Roanne Insley
Assistant Stage Manager : Richard Davies
Lighting Operator : Kim Zhan
Wardrobe Assistants : Sheila Burbidge, Jackie Robinson
Cellist: Tamara Douglas-Morris
Russian Consultant : Alyona Kazarova
Rehearsal Prompt : Tom Tillery
Mime Consultant : Edwina Dorman
Set Construction, Rigging and Get-in : Max Batty, Phillip Ley, Jude Chalk, Freya Alexander, Sylvie Day, Andy Hind, Nick Insley, Alessa Lewis, Gary O’Keefe, Fabrel Párraga-Michitsch, Trinidad Prieto, Catherine Shaw, Isla Stewart, Keith Syrett, Millie Weston, Petra Wonham, Isaac Insley, Alex Burton and members of the crew



Mayank Adlakha
Mayank Adlakha will be playing Raskolnikov in this production, his second show with the Tower Theatre. He made his debut with Swipe (March, 2024) after joining in January. He has been on the stage for as long as he can remember in the form of acting, dancing or occasionally even rapping. Mayank specializes in physical theatre - he trained at the Jacques Lecoq academy in Paris and has applied this to both classical and contemporary shows. He has played Fagin in Oliver, Ken in Red and most recently he toured with the Acting Gymnasium where he played Quintus in Titus Andronicus. In 2022, he was the recipient of the 'best monologue award' conferred by the Bombay Theatre Company.
  Eloise McCreedy
This is Eloise McCreedy's third show with the Tower Theatre and she is very excited to be performing in Crime and Punishment. She graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and has performed at the Melbourne Fringe Festival and the Melbourne Recital Centre. Her credits in London include Patricia Milligan in London Wall (Tower Theatre), Actor in New Writers Programme (KDC Theatre), Trudi in Apologia (Putney Theatre Company), Becky in An IQ Test For My Birthday (Tower Theatre) and Sibyl in Private Lives (Richmond Shakespeare Society).
Nick Hall
This is Nick Hall's sixth full show with the Tower, after playing Christie in Gainsborough's Girls, Antonio in The Merchant of Venice, Edward in Richard III, Captain Cat in Under Milk Wood and most recently Writer in A Dream Play. As Macbeth he was one of Tower's "King's Players” performing Shakespeare à la Carte at the British Embassy in Paris. Previously, with Jumble Theatre Company, he performed in Pieces of Home (a monologues show) and as Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest. A vocational filmmaker (and musician), Nick is currently failing to write a third feature script.
  Sakshi Verman
Sakshi Verman hails from the “not quite Delhi but super close” city of Gurgaon, India. This is her very first production with the Tower Theatre, and she is thrilled to be making her debut with Crime and Punishment. Belonging to a family of theatre artists, Sakshi found a home in theatre when she was 12 years old. She has since been a part of numerous theatre productions both back home and in London, including a theatrical adaptation of the film The Breadwinner produced in collaboration with the Afghanistan Embassy in Delhi.
As Richards
Crime and Punishment will be As Richards’ fourth production at the Tower. She’s previously appeared in Under Milk Wood, Seagulls and A Dream Play. She has been acting for over a decade, primarily as part of the Park Theatre Company and has recently appeared as part of the Chorus in the Park Theatre’s WhoDunnit Unrehearsed 3. Also with the Park Theatre she has appeared as Titania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream (abridged) and John Proctor The Crucible (abridged). She has also acted in several of the collaborations the Park Theatre had with Martin Murphy (Bruised Sky Productions) including the award-winning Jury.
  Andrew Robinson
Andrew Robinson is delighted to be making his debut at the Tower after joining in February this year. An actor since the age of 3, he is a veteran of over 90 productions both acting, directing, writing for the stage and designing sets, sometimes all in the same production. Trained in Drama at Berkshire College of Education, he has performed in Sheffield, Birmingham, Reading and Frankfurt and, for the last 45 years in various London groups, most recently the Incognito Theatre in Barnet. He has played roles as varied as Shakespeare's Hamlet, King Lear, Berowne and Demetrius; Ibsen’s Solness and Judge Brack, Sir in The Dresser, Ratty in The Wind in the Willows, Nonancourt in The Italian Straw Hat and Squire Weston in Tom Jones. His directing resumé includes La Ronde (twice), Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Women Beware Women, Six Characters in Search of an Author and The Regina Monologues. He has written several original plays and adapted half a dozen more for performance.
Emma Cornford
Emma Cornford made her debut at the Tower 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 Unnamable Lust (Spring Forward). Most recently, she participated in a rehearsed reading of The Railway King and is part of the incoming Artistic Director’s team. Emma has been teaching Drama in London comprehensives for many years and currently works in a secondary school in Walthamstow.
  Ricky Pancholi
Ricky Pancholi discovered his desire to act post-Covid. The boredom of lockdowns forced him to explore a life that is a little more theatrical. He was in his first 2 plays ever playing Toby Maitland in POSH and The Reporter in Taking Care of Baby (for which he was awarded Best Newcomer and nominated for Performance of the Year by his University). Cache 2099; his self written play, was also selected to be put on stage at the University theatre. Ricky has since graduated and wishes to further explore this side of life, in London, through the Tower Theatre. He appeared in the Tower's productions of The Ten Minute Play about Rosemary's Baby and A Report to an Academy last year.
Alison Liney
Alison Liney was last seen on stage as the rich, eccentric Miss Willesden in London Wall; other Tower roles include Lena in Escaped Alone, Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit, Jean in To Kill a Mockingbird and Mrs Moore in A Passage to India. Off stage she volunteers as Front of House manager, shepherding patrons from bar to auditorium with varying degrees of success.
  Matt Tylianakis
For the Tower, Matt Tylianakis was previously seen as Gratiano in The Merchant of Venice and as Otis/Gaddarn in Coram Boy. He's been fairly active in the London amateur theatre scene since arriving here over a decade ago from New Zealand. He's appeared as Soranzo in Tis Pity She's A Whore (KDC), as Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd (Spread Eagle Players) and as Harry Brewer in Our Country's Good (SEDOS). In real life he works in the graphic design industry as digital damage control.
Alyona Kazarova
Alyona Kazarova joined the Tower Theatre earlier this year. Previously she acquired a Degree in Dance from Middlesex University and then went on to study acting in various places. Recently she completed her studies with the London Meisner Company. Alyona has had work experience in both film and theatre.
  Tom Lafferty
Tom Lafferty is an actor, director and occasional Live Art performer and facilitator, having trained in the latter at Queen Mary University of London, graduating in 2022. This is his first show with the Tower; his previous credits include performing at the Edinburgh Fringe in A Toe Tale in 2022, and twice at the Act 2 Festival in London, appearing in Lavender in 2023 and directing A Matter of Chance in 2024. Originally from Birmingham, he thinks the dark streets of St Petersburg won't be too hard for him to jump into in Crime and Punishment.
Peta Barker
Peta Barker's acting credits include Ariel and Caliban (The Tempest), Iago (Othello), Mrs Yajnavalkya (Valmouth), The Voice of Audrey II - the Plant (The Little Shop of Horrors), Mbongeni (Woza Albert!), Scullery (Road), Ash (Dealer's Choice), Jack Mullen (The Weir), John (Shining City), Derek (Brighton Beach Scumbags) Hoke (Driving Miss Daisy), Evan (Sweat), Joe (Port Authority), Coram Boy and, most recently, Maurice (The Night Alive). Directing credits include Blue Remembered Hills, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Burn This, Lysistrata, Brimstone and Treacle, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Arcadia and, most recently, Our Country's Good. He adapted/directed Russell Hoban's novel Kleinzeit, and played Snug the Joiner in the Tower Theatre Team in the RSC's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
  Phoebe Richards
This Phoebe Richards’s first production for the Tower, though not her first performance on stage. She has played Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (abridged) with the Park Theatre company, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet for her school’s final year production and, most recently, Maude in Periodicals as part of the National Theatre’s 2024 nationwide youth festival, Connections. She is delighted to have been cast as Dunya.
Colin Guthrie
Colin Guthrie has acted, directed and musical directed for many Tower shows since joining in 1985. Directing credits include A Chorus of Disapproval, The Voysey Inheritance, The Pictures of Dora Gray (Writers’ Room: December) as well as the last play to be produced at the Tower’s old home in Canonbury, Strangers on a Train. Musical directing credits include Return of the Marionettes, The Producers (which won the coveted Minack Trophy in 2014) and Coram Boy, for which he also composed the music. Colin has composed music for several other Tower shows, including David Copperfield, Lark Rise and Under Milk Wood. Acting credits include Kafka’s Dick, Her Naked Skin and Shining City. Colin was also a BBC Radio Drama Sound Engineer and Director for thirty years, and co-directed the Radio 4 Classic Serial of another of Dostoyevsky’s masterpieces, The Brothers Karamazov.