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Our Patrons

Since starting in 2013, BC has grown thanks to the support of our dedicated actors, our production team and you our loyal customers, producing 20 shows to date on very low budgets. By 2017 it was becoming increasingly tricky to keep performing let alone keep up with our ambition for growth.
Our patrons are here to help us with our ever growing costs and our ever growing ambition to evolve the company year by year!

Fact: without our patrons direct support, Bowler Crab would never have been able to produce its pocket production collection and the company would have folded entirely by now. With ever increasing costs, now in 2022 we need more help than ever if we wish to get bigger, better and deliver more Shakespeare to the world of even higher quality.

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Sir Nigel Bogle

Co-founder of the global advertising agency:

Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH), Nigel was given a knighthood for services to the advertising industry in the Queen’s birthday honours list in 2013.

Pictured here with Bowler Crab’s Artistic Director Stephen John, Nigel will be supporting the theatre company and its ever expanding growth as it spreads its territory further across the UK in 2021.

Nigel is the creative genius behind giant advertising campaigns including Levi’s 501, Cadbury’s Milk Tray, “The Lynx effect”, Johnny Walker’s “Keep Walking” and, for over 36 years,  Audi’s “Vorsprung Durch Technik”.


Stephen said : ”Meeting with Nigel was more inspiring than I can put into words. He is such a motivating creative force, full of new ideas on how to improve the world we live in and with eyes focussed on the future. Despite his incredibly impressive past, Nigel was a humble man, eager to hear about BC and our big plans for 2020″.

Who Are The Patrons?

Tim & Julie Wren of

Rye School of English

Tim and Julie were our first patrons to join in 2017.

Our First Platinum Patrons!

"Without Tim and Julie's support, we would have really struggled to get our productions advertised at all so enormous thanks must go to them for being the first to join the patrons programme" 

- Stephen John (Bowler Crab Director & Founder)

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Ed & Bev Towner of 

Arthur C. Towner Ltd. Undertakers

Our Gold Patrons and our second Patrons to sign up, Ed & Bev joined us in 2017 to help support

our Othello tour. One local independent business supporting another, The Towners have continued 

their support of BC in every way they can.

This family owned business of funeral directors and monumental masons have operated in the Hastings and Rother area of East Sussex since 1875!

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Chris Packham of 

C. Packham Theatre Services & Events

Initially joining us as an actor and playing Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing, in 2017 Chris became our chief of lighting, sound and tech, taking us into the C21st with his generosity in time and finances to ensure BC's productions look and sound tip top. 

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Peter Mould of

Stagesnaps Photography

Peter Mould has been a dear friend to Bowler Crab for many years. the official photographer of BC from day one, Peter has photographed almost every BC project to date. Many a cup of tea and exchange of ideas has occurred over the years between Peter and Stephen; Peter's advice having helped BC's growth considerably.

When Peter isn't taking photos of stages, he is on them or directing them as the Artistic Director of The Ellen Terry Barn Theatre Co in Tenterden.

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David Montgomery 

(Celebrity Photographer)

A world renowned photographer known for his portraits of the rich and famous, David Montgomery's photographic subjects have included Bill Clinton, Lucian Freud, Mick Jagger, Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Margaret Thatcher, Peter O'Toole and Andy Warhol (just to name a few of hundreds). His photographs of Andy Warhol have been included in The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, USA. His photograph of Hendrix, shown in the inside cover of the 1968 album Electric Ladyland, has become iconic for Montgomery's ingenious use of controlled flames behind Hendrix. David also photographed Queen Elizabeth II in 1967, being the first American to do so, after which he said that he was never frightened of a subject again, going on to photograph five Prime Ministers and becoming a celebrity legend in his own right.

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Stephen said: “Meeting David was a real privilege, the man is such a skilled, creative and passionate force, seeming to have literally spent time with as many celebrities as we could name. We have had many patrons step forward in the last few years to help us achieve our goal of completing the Shakespearean canon, but the support of such a well- known legend left us all feeling shocked and proud”. 

In 2018, the cast of A Midsummer Night's Dream were super ecstatic to meet David and have our photo taken by a man considered to be literally the greatest photographer of all time ... 

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Could You Support Us?

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Any and all donations are greatly appreciated and a contribution of under £249 will be rewarded with a mention in one production's programme with great thanks.
To become a Patron or simply know more about donating and sponsorship, contact us here:

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