Audition Notice: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare. Audition Dates: Mon 12th & Wed 14th March 2018 at 7.45pm. Performance Dates:2nd-7th uly 2018.

The QMT summer production is normally a show for all-comers. We like to field a large cast and this year it is co-production between The Bancroft Players and our famous Big Spirit Youth Theatre.

A Midsummer’s Dream by William Shakespeare of course needs no introduction – it’s by far the Bard’s funniest and most summery piece of work. The show will take place in the QMT as The Dell is not open to us. However, we will bring the warmth of a lovely summer evening into the Theatre with a very special and magical production.

Audition Notice: Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

“Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons” by Sam Steiner. Directed by Russell Hurn. Audition Dates: Mon 26th & Wed 28th Mar 2018 at 7.45pm. Performance Dates: 6th – 9th Jun 2018 in the Richard Whitmore Studio.

Yes, there really are that many lemons!

This demanding two header award-winning play about relationships and communication originally premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe and explores the impact of the government’s controversial ‘Hush’ Law, which imposes a rationing of spoken words to 140 per person, per day.

Audition Notice: Quartet

Quartet by Ronald Harwood. Directed by Elliott Bunker. Audition Dates: Tue 6th & Thur 8th Feb 2018 at 8pm. Performance Dates: 15th to 20th May 2018.

The setting is a retirement home for musicians. Three elderly former opera-singers, who often worked together, are sitting out on the terrace. Reginald, is quietly reading a serious book, but Wilfred is chuckling about sex, as he regards Cissy, lying back and listening to music through her headphones.

They are about to be joined by newcomer Jean, who was a major star in her day and to whom Reginald was once unhappily married.

Audition Notice: The Effect

The Effect Lucy Prebble. Directed by Sam Powell. Audition Dates: Mon 11th & Wed 13th Dec 2017 at 7.45pm. Performance Dates: 14th – 17th Mar 2018

The Effect is a clinical romance – winner of Best New Play, Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2012. Two young volunteers agree to take part in a pharmaceutical drugs trial. This funny, moving play explores questions of sanity, neurology and the limits of medicine, asking what makes us who we are and how we love.

Audition Notice: Sex with a Stranger

Sex With A Stranger by Stefan Golaszweski. Directed by Cliff Francis. Audition Dates: Mon 23rd & Wed 25th Oct 2017 at 7.45pm. Performance Dates: 17th – 20th Jan 2018

Adam meets Grace in a club. They go back to hers. Earlier that day, Adam’s girlfriend Ruth watches as he prepares for his big night out ‘with the boys.’ Bleak, funny and excruciatingly accurate, Sex with a Stranger examines what it is to be your twenties, lonely, hollow and uncertain in 21st century Britain.

Audition Notice: A View from the Bridge

A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller. Directed by Edith Pratt. Audition Dates: Tue 10th & Thur 12th October 2017 at 7.45pm. Performance Dates: 26th February – 3rd March 2018

A View from the Bridge is Arthur Miller’s tragic masterpiece the story of a man fighting against himself. The play is set in the 1950s. Eddie Carbone is an Italian American longshoreman who lives with his wife, Beatrice and his orphaned niece, Catherine. They live in an insular, self-ruled neighbourhood in the shadow of Brooklyn Bridge. Eddie is protective and kind toward Catherine. However, as the play develops we learn that his feelings are something more than that of an uncle.

Audition Notice: A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol. Directed by Alison Hudson. Audition Dates: Mon 4th & Wed 6th September 2017 at 7.45pm. Performance Dates: 8th-10th & 15th-17th December 2017 (matinees Saturdays and Sundays).

Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year… well it is for everyone except the miserable miserly Scrooge. He has no time for friends, family or fun, celebrating Christmas with misery and meanness rather than mistletoe and merriment. Bah Humbug! But one dark, cold Christmas Eve, Scrooge is paid a surprise visit by the ghost of Marley who tells him that he will be called upon by three spirits each of whom will take him on a magical and mysterious journey to reveal the error of his ways. But can Scrooge really change in time for Christmas day, and discover the true wonder and meaning of Christmas?

Audition Notice: The Thrill of Love

The Thrill of Love, by Amanda Whittington. Directed by Jon Brown. Audition Dates: Tue 11th & Thu 13th July, 7.45pm. Performance Dates: 30th October – 4th November 2017.

Ruth Ellis was the last woman to be hanged in Britain in July 1955; convicted of the cold-blooded killing of her unfaithful lover. This gripping new play by the author of the hugely popular Be My Baby takes a new look at the real woman behind the headlines and at the events that drive her to murder.

Audition Notice: Reasons to be Pretty

Reasons to be Pretty, by Neil LaBute. Directed by Matthew Gray. Audition Dates: Tue 25th & Thu 27th July. Performance Dates: 11th – 14th October 2017 (in The Richard Whitmore Studio).

Greg is overheard admitting that his girlfriend, Steph, is no beauty but that he wouldn’t change her for the world. Steph is devastated; Greg can’t see what he’s done wrong. Meanwhile Greg’s friend Kent alternates between boasting about how gorgeous his wife is, and chasing after a hot new colleague.

Audition Notice: The Ladykillers

The Lady Killers, by Graham Linehan. Directed by David Lester. Audition Dates: Mon 12th & Wed 14th June 2017 at 7.45pm. Performance Dates: 15th-23rd September 2017 (8 performances).

This celebrated Ealing comedy tells the classic black comedy tale set in 1956 of a sweet innocent old lady, alone in her home, pitted against a gang of criminal misfits who will stop at nothing. Many will know the 50s film and the script has been artfully adapted for the stage by Graham Linehan (credits include Father Ted, The IT Crowd among others). It was greeted with great reviews when it first played in the West End in 2011.