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Casting

General Casting Advice

Professional actors should submit their details based on Casting Breakdowns produced for each individual show.  The New Vic does not keep CV’s on file.  Once shortlisted, our creative team will hold show-specific auditions at the theatre, and in London, by appointment only.  The New Vic does not hold general casting sessions.

Current Casting

ANNA OF THE FIVE TOWNS
by Arnold Bennett adapted for stage by Deborah McAndrew

Summary

Set in Stoke on Trent – the potteries area of Staffordshire. An adaptation of Arnold Bennett’s 1902 book.

We follow the fortune of Anna Tellwright, eldest daughter of soulless Ephraim, as she comes to learn about business and affairs of the heart.

There will be music and song throughout the piece supported by a local, community choir.

Production details

Production location: Newcastle-under-Lyme (Stoke on Trent)

Production dates: Rehearsals: from 24 April Production week:  22 May Opens: 26 May Final show: 17 June

Director: Conrad Nelson

Producer: New Vic Theatre

Company: New Vic Theatre

Casting details

Casting director: Anji Carroll

Casting location: Newcastle-under-Lyme / London, United Kingdom – dates tbc

All actors should be should be good singers, play the stipulated musical instrument and have recent theatre credits.

The Stoke on Trent accent is a difficult one to master, so where required please only suggest clients with a good ear. Not all characters require Stoke – as detailed within each character breakdown.

Other than the Rivilalist, who is a cornet player, we are also interested in actors who play other brass instruments.

Rates of Pay:  MRSL Grade 2 Theatre £455 per week.  Subsistence £156
The New Vic will honour any appropriate actor musician rate of pay agreed by UK Theatre/Equity.

ROLES

ANNA TELLWRIGHT (Female, 21 – 28)

Description: Statuesque actress (preferably over 5’7”) to play 21 year old Anna. An inscrutable, charismatic young woman who experiences emotional and sexual awakening. Although she is born and bred in Stoke on Trent she doesn’t have a thick Stoke accent. However she cannot be R.P. Light Stoke accent required. Good singer.
Height: 165cm – 180cm
Appearance: Any

EPHRAIM TELLWRIGHT (Male, 50 – 60)

Description: Actor to play 50’s. A shrewd and selfish man. Brilliant and ruthless in business. Miserly and cruel towards his daughters – an emotional abuser. Born and bred in Stoke The actor playing Tellwright must have a good ear for accents as an, old school, Stoke on Trent accent is required. Good singer. A brass instrument advantageous.
Height: Any
Appearance: Any

HENRY MYERS (Male, 30 – 33)

Description: Actor (preferably over 5’11”) to play Henry. Gifted in business, handsome Henry is going places. He is not without passion, but it does not rule him, and only now, at the appointed hour in his life, has he allowed himself to fall deeply in love – with Anna. Neutral accent – maybe with flat vowel sounds. Good singer.
Height: 180cm – 195cm
Appearance: Any

BEATRICE SUTTON (Female, 21 – 25)

Description: An accomplished young woman of her class. Slightly spoilt, and with a passion for chocolates, Beatrice dabbles in art and music, and though immature she is generous of heart. She may once have had feelings for Henry Mynors. Must play good PIANO and be a good singer. – R.P. accent.
Height: Any
Appearance: Any

SUTTON / TITUS PRICE (Male, 50 – 59)

Description: To play this lovely double. 50’s. Good singer. A brass instrument an advantage. Mr. Sutton – The worthy Alderman. Rich, good-natured and indirect contrast to Tellwright is indulgent of his women. A good egg. Some trace of a Stoke on Trent accent. Titus Price – A hard and hypocritical man who, behind an outward religious piety, conceals his desperate poverty and the secret embezzlement of church funds. Suicidal tendencies. Probably old school Stoke accent. Good ear required.
Height: Any
Appearance: Any

THE RIVALIST (Male, Age not specified)

Description: A CORNET player to play evangelical visiting preacher in the Primitive Methodist movement. Saves souls with a silver cornet !
Height: Any
Appearance: Any

Submission instructions:

Any submissions received after this time cannot be considered. Please submit to anji@anjicarroll.tv with Anna of Five Towns, followed by the part you’re submitting for, in your e-mail subject line.  If you aren’t represented by an agent, due to time restraints we regret that your submission will only be acknowledged if you are successful in obtaining an audition.

Closing date for submission: 24 Feb 2017 at 4pm.

 

DIAL M FOR MURDER
by Frederick Knott

Summary

A classic “perfect murder” play of 1952. Originally written for TV, it became a West End and Broadway hit and was filmed by Alfred Hitchcock with Ray Milland and Grace Kelly. This production, played in the round, will aim for a classic “film noir” feel and will focus on the detail of its 1952 setting.

Plot:
Tony Wendice, a former tennis pro, has married his wife, Sheila (Margot in some editions), for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason – as well as the fact that she is having an affair with American thriller writer Max Halliday (Mark in some editions). He arranges the perfect murder. He blackmails a “Captain Westgate” into strangling her for a fee of one thousand pounds, and arranges a brilliant alibi for himself. Unfortunately…the murderer gets murdered and the victim survives. Sheila is imprisoned, but Halliday and the sharp Inspector Hubbard eventually discover the truth.

Production details

Production location: Newcastle under Lyme (Stoke on Trent), United Kingdom

Production dates: All at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme (Stoke on Trent). Rehearsals: from 3 April
Production week:  24 April
Opens: 28 April
Final show: 20 May

Director: Peter Leslie Wild

Producer: New Vic Theatre

Company: New Vic Theatre

Rates of Pay:  MRSL Grade 2 Theatre £455 per week.  Subsistence £156
The New Vic will honour any appropriate actor musician rate of pay agreed by UK Theatre/Equity.   

Casting details

Casting director: Anji Carroll

Casting location: London and New Vic, United Kingdom

Casting details: London on 8/9 March and at the New Vic – tbc

ROLES

SHEILA WENDICE (Female, 23 – 28)
Description: Sheila Wendice (Margot in some editions), 20s, beautiful upper-class socialite; 1952 ‘R.P.’ accent essential; bored with her life as the wife of a tennis pro; in love with Max Halliday. Narrowly escapes being murdered by killing her assailant and is wrongfully sent to prison for murder.
Height: Any
Appearance: Any

TONY WENDICE (Male, 32 – 35)
Description: Tony Wendice, 32, recently retired tennis player. Athletic, scheming, upper class but short of money. We’d probably call him a sociopath nowadays; a very controlling husband but nonetheless charming. 1952 ‘R.P.’ accent essential.
Height: Any
Appearance: Any

MAX HALLIDAY (Male, 33 – 39)
Description: Max Halliday (Mark in some editions), 30s US thriller writer; lives here and in the States. Intelligent, charming and in love with Sheila. Effectively the man who solves the crime, drawing on all his experience as a writer of murder mysteries. ‘Soft’ American accent ?
Height: Any
Appearance: Any

CAPTAIN LESGATE & PC THOMPSON (Male, 35 – 38)Description: Captain Lesgate, Must be able to convince us of his military bearing. 35, a con-man who went to the same school as Tony. Tony has worked out that the “Captain” persona is just a disguise. Lesgate is desperate for money and easily blackmailed. Doubles with PC Thompson who appears in the final act.
Height: Any
Appearance: Any
 

INSPECTOR HUBBARD (Male, 42 – 49)
Description: Inspector Hubbard, 40s, Scotland Yard detective. Appears to be a plodder at first but it becomes clear that he is a man to be reckoned with. A good brain and revels in his cleverness as a detective. Not quite Sherlock Holmes but can be unconventional at times. Middle class, and it would be nice to be regional.
Height: Any
Appearance: Any

Submission instructions:
Looking for actors with strong and recent theatre credits for this ‘classic’ thriller.

Any submissions received after this time cannot be considered. Please submit to anji@anjicarroll.tv with Dial M for Murder, followed by the part you’re submitting for, in your e-mail subject line.  If you aren’t represented by an agent, due to time restraints we regret that your submission will only be acknowledged if you are successful in obtaining an audition.

Closing date for submission: 27 Feb 2017 at 4pm.