Company Personnel



P Adshead
J Wadey
Andrew Jarvis (Patron & Associate Director )

Andrew has spent 30 years as a professional actor. Repertory seasons include; the Phoenix Theatre, the Haymarket Theatre Leicester, the Castle Theatre Farnham, Leeds Playhouse, Ipswich Theatre, the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Harrogate Theatre, the Stephen Joseph Theatre-in-the-Round Scarborough, The Birmingham Rep and the Bristol Old Vic.

He has worked for eight years with the R.S.C in Stratford-upon-Avon, London and on tour in the U.K. and Australia. and has worked for four years with the E.S.C on national and world tours, including two seasons at the Old Vic London and the Aldwych Theatre London. Andrew was the winner of the Manchester Evening News Best Actor award in 1988 for Richard III.

He spent two seasons at the R.N.T in London – Becket (Haymarket Theatre), St Joan (Strand Theatre), Hamlet (Old Vic), Macbeth (Bridewell Theatre), Son of Man (Roundhouse Theatre) and founded the Andrew Jarvis Theatre Company in 1997.

For the last six years he has worked consistently as a Director and Teacher at the University of Birmingham, the Shakespeare Institute (Stratford –upon- Avon), Birmingham Theatre School, Mountview Theatre School, the Welsh College of Music and Drama, the Actors Centre, the Theatre Museum and the London Centre for Theatre Studies.

Peter Adshead (Artistic Director)

Peter initially studied at Manchester University (BA Theatre Studies & English). Following this he trained at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and embarked on a successful career in Stage & Company Management. He subsequently trained as an actor with The Actors Company.

Roles have included, amongst many others, Willy Carson in Edward Bond’s The Sea, Malateste in Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi in the West-End, Yepihodov in The Cherry Orchard and Karsten Bernick in Ibsen’s The Pillars of Society. He made his first television appearance in the BBC drama Switch at the end of 2003
He is resident Production Manager for Drama Centre London and works annually for The Hiss & Boo Company; last Christmas he was Company Stage Manager on their production of Dick Whittington at The Hall For Cornwall, Truro, also appearing as ‘ The Sultan of Morocco.’

He has worked as Assistant Director on productions of The Cherry Orchard, The Madras House and The Rivals  for The Actors Company and teaches Stagecraft & Theatre Ettiquette.

Jonathan Wadey (Associate Director)

Jonathan trained with The Actors Company based at the London Centre for Theatre Studies.

Roles have included Bosola in The Duchess of Malfi, Puck in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Fancourt Babberley in Charlie’s Aunt, Pishchik / Wayfarer in The Cherry Orchard, Oswald in Ghosts, Ray in Penhall ‘s Some Voices and Yvan in Art . In 2004 he played Bill Jukes in the Hall for Cornwall’s production of Peter Pan. He appeared in Heartbreak Productions Summer 2005 tour of Much Ado About Nothing playing Don John, Dogberry, Ursula and the Friar.and most recently appeared in Barnstaple's Queen's Theatre production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

Jon is currently appearing for Heartbreak Productions in their summer tour of The Wizard of Oz, playing 'the Tin-Man'.

Jon has also been seen in advertisements for Carling, and as William Wallace for the Discovery Channel.

Carl Jacobs (Associate Director)

Carl trained as an actor with The Actors Company. Roles have included both John Malcolm and Major Pollack in The Actors Company’s acclaimed production of Rattigan’s Separate Tables, at the Jermyn Street Theatre. He has also appeared as Shamrayev in The Seagull; Hatch in Bond’s The Sea, Don John in Much Ado About Nothing, Gaev in The Cherry Orchard, Oswald in Ghosts and Pete inJoe Penhall’s Some Voices.

Other productions have included Jerry in Zoo Story and Trevor in A Bedroom Farce both for the Apollo Theatre Company based in Portsmouth at The New Theatre Royal and also Joe Dobbs in Eileen Noriss’ Bookworms, again at The New Theatre Royal.

Recently Carl has toured extensively in Spain and Portugal in Clever Pant’s productions of Camp Mosquito and Crush.