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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.

Audition Notice: Pronoun

Pronoun, by Ewan Placey. Directed by Barney Taylor. Audition Dates: Mon 27th & Wed 29th March. Performance Dates: 7th – 10th June 2017 (in The Richard Whitmore Studio).

Josh and Isabella are childhood sweethearts. They were meant to spend their gap year together… but Isabella has now become a boy.

Pronoun is a love story about transition, testosterone and James Dean for young actors by Canadian-born playwright Evan Placey. The play predominantly explores the theme of gender, a potent topic in our modern world, through the journey of transition of Dean, a teenage transgender boy.

Audition Notice: Flare Path

Flare Path, by Terence Rattigan. Directed by Nicki Pope. Audition Dates: Tue 7th & Thu 9th March 2017 at 7.45pm. Performance Dates: 19th-24th June 2017.

The play is set in a hotel on the Lincolnshire coast during the Second World War, men from nearby airbase are planning to spend the weekend there with their wives.

“Superb – a three handkerchief weepie that somehow manages to be profoundly moving and wonderfully funny”

“A tribute to the collective spirit of wartime bomber crews and their partners”

“A deeply moving portrait of people at war”

“A shattering ensemble work in which every detail glows with truth, compassion and humanity, and where every seemingly ordinary second of life in an existence hemmed in by the ever-present threat of death is charged with humanity”

Audition Notice: Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias, by Robert Harling. Directed by Brian Seal. Audition Dates: Mon 6th & Wed 8th Feb 2017 at 7.45pm. Performance Dates: 15th-20th May 2017.

A great opportunity for six strong female actors.

Truvy Jones runs a successful beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies in the neighborhood have a standing Saturday appointment.

Along with her anxious and eager assistant, Annelle, Truvy styles the hair of many of the women about town: wealthy widow and former first lady of Chinquapin, Clairee Belcher; local curmudgeon Ouiser Boudreaux (“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years”); intelligent and compassionate career woman M’Lynn; and her daughter Shelby, the prettiest girl in town.

Audition Notice: hang

hang, by debbie tucker green. Directed by Keith Swainston. Audition Dates: Mon 12th & Wed 14th December. Performance Dates: 15th – 18th March 2017.

A crime has been committed. The victim has a choice to make.

First performed at the Royal Court last year, hang is a three-hander that runs for 70 minutes and simmers all the way to the boil.

Three (there are no names just numbers) is a woman who has suffered some traumatising crime against her family. It’s never clear what, but it’s had serious, long-lasting implications. Now she has the chance – the power – to determine the perpetrator’s fate. Not his sentence, but whether he lives or dies – and, if he dies, by what grisly method?

Audition Notice: The Ghost Train

The Ghost Train, by Arnold Ridley, directed by David Lester. Audition Dates: Mon 17th & Wed 19th October 2016 at 7.45pm. Performance Dates: Friday 24th February to Saturday 4th March 2017 (8 performances)

Regularly mentioned by critics as one of the two scariest plays in the theatre, The Ghost Train is a well constructed thriller with a good range of character roles.

Set in the 1920’s a group of travellers are dumped at a remote Cornish station late on a stormy night with a long wait for the next train. The stationmaster warns them against staying there with a hoary old story about a Ghost Train. The stranded travellers dismiss this as baloney and decide to stay. Then strange things begin to happen…

Audition Notice: Proof

Proof, by David Auburn. Directed by Tamsin Goodwin-Conelly Audition Dates: Tue 25th & Thu 25th October. Performance Dates: 18th – 21st January 2017

Catherine has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, on the eve of her 25th birthday, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father’s. Over the weekend that follows the discovery of a mysterious notebook draws Catherine into the most difficult issue of all: how much of her father’s madness – or genius – will she inherit?