Rooftop Theatre Company brings Shakespeare to life. We offer compelling and entertaining productions that communicate the story and the drama and revel in the comedy. We look for alternative and unusual venues with dramatic opportunities and use professionally trained and quality amateur actors who are versatile, engaging and clear.
Our name comes from our very first productions which took place on the rooftop space of the old City Literary Institute building in Stukeley Street, London from 2000 to 2002. Written and directed by teacher George Pensotti he inspired our lively and physical approach. We embraced Shakespeare in 2003 with an exuberant open-air production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Old Paddling Pool, Queen's Wood, Highgate, followed by The Comedy of Errors in 2004.
We then moved to St Albans and put on a series of acclaimed open-air productions at Inn on the Park in Verulamium Park starting with Love's Labour's Lost in 2007 and The Taming of the Shrew in 2008. We moved indoors for a winter production of Twelfth Night at the Town Hall and returned to Inn on the Park for The Winter's Tale in July 2010 and with Much Ado About Nothing in 2011 and The Merry Wives of Windsor in 2012.
In 2012 we were named Best Shakespeare Producers at the Fringe Report Award for “delivering his plays with freshness, originality and eclat”. The photograph shows us with members of our St Albans ensemble at the awards night. On the left is Philippa Tatham, a wonderful person and charismatic actor who we had the privilege to know; very sadly she died in February 2015 and we remember fondly the joy and commitment she brought to our productions.
From early 2013 we have been based in Ludlow, Shropshire and debuted at the 2014 Ludlow Fringe Festival with The Comedy of Errors at Ludlow Brewery. In February 2015 we produced our first history play, Henry V, followed by The Tempest in July 2015 at Ludlow Brewery.
George Pensotti 1937 to 2010
A very special man who inspired numerous people and encouraged and supported our journey into Shakespeare. He was much loved for his humour and honesty!
Who we are
Artistic Directors - Paul Sayers & Simon Bolton
Paul and Simon met at Birmingham School of Speech & Drama (now Birmingham School of Acting) in 1995. After training a few years of fringe acting roles in London and the regions followed. They took classes with George Pensotti at the City Literary Institute, whose inspiration and support led them to taking on Shakespeare.
Paul and Simon have other jobs and activities when not planning, producing, directing and acting in productions. Paul has had a career in publishing and is a freelance professional and legal editor. Simon is an occasional primary school teacher and an accomplished railway modeller. He is author of a book on model railway scratch building published by the Crowood Press.