Audition Notice – Sunday 21st January
4.00pm – Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw; directed by Jane Buckland
Main Stage Friday 6th to Saturday 14th July and at Hever Castle 27th/28th July
“Pygmalion” is Bernard Shaw’s famous and much loved story of how Henry Higgins, an eminent phonetics expert, takes on the challenge of transforming the downtrodden, cockney, Edwardian flower seller, Eliza Doolittle, into a poised and plausible lady, at home in high society. However, bashing ELiza‘s vowels into shape and sharpening up her articulation are only part of the task.
Eliza and Henry Higgins are from different worlds. She needs to do much more than just change the way she speaks if she is to win his bet for him and Henry Higgins has to learn to see her as a woman not just an interesting experiment. This story of an unconventional romance went on to be adapted for the big screen as the hugely successful musical, “My Fair Lady” but in “Pygmalion” Shaw has created one of the great comic masterpieces of theatre, skilfully examining class and women’s independence in a play that sparkles with wit and charm.
Actors auditioning will need to be available for the run at BLT 6th – 14th July and 24th to 28th July inclusive for rehearsals and performances at Hever.
Character List (Playing ages are approximate)
Professor Henry Higgins
Higgins is a bachelor who specializes in phonetics and who is an acclaimed authority on the subject of dialects, accents, and phonetics.
Upper class accent 40-50
She is an uneducated, uncouth “guttersnipe,” the flower girl whom Higgins (for a dare) decides to mould into a duchess. She is probably twenty to 25 years younger than Higgins.
Cockney and upper class accents. 20s
Eliza’s father. He is a dustman with a sonorous voice and a Welsh or Cockney accent, who proudly believes in his position as a member of the “undeserving poor.”
At least 20 years older than Eliza.
A distinguished retired officer and the author of Spoken Sanskrit. He has come to England to meet the famous Professor Henry Higgins. He is courteous and polite to Eliza, and he shares in Higgins’ experiments in phonetics in teaching Eliza to speak as a duchess.
60-70 Upper class accent
Upper class and elegant. Higgins’ mother, who thoroughly loves her son but also thoroughly disapproves of his manners, his language, and his social behavior.
A lady of the upper-middle class who is in a rather impoverished condition but is still clinging to her gentility.
Her daughter; she tries to act the role of the modern, advanced young person.
Upper class accent 20s
Her son. He is a pleasant young man who is enchanted by Eliza upon first meeting her.
Upper class accent 20s
Professor Higgins’ housekeeper of long standing. She is the one who first sees the difficulty of what is to happen to Eliza after Higgins and Pickering have finished their experiment with her. 45-65
A small company (5-7) of bystanders, maids, footmen etc will also be needed. Mostly non speaking but some with a few lines.
For audition pieces and any other information, email Jane here
Auditions dates for the rest of the season are shown below, more details to follow. All auditions will be held at the theatre:
September (Double Bill In the Bar) – Edgar and Annabel and Joseph K – Sunday 15 April @ 12 Noon
September (Main Stage)- Entertaining Angels – Sunday 15 April @ 2-00
October (Main Stage) – King Charles 111 – Sunday 15 April @ 4-00
November (In the Bar) – Blink – Sunday 10 June @ 12 Noon
November (Main Stage) – Gaslight – Sunday 10 June @ 2-00
December (Main Stage) – A Comedy of Errors – Sunday 10 June @ 4-00
Our auditions are open to everyone but if you are chosen for a part you will have to become a member – before your first rehearsal. The same goes for all backstage crew and anybody who wishes to use the theatre’s facilities.