Audition Notice Blithe Spirit

by Noël Coward

Directed by Dan Usztan

Performance Dates & Times :
Wednesday 23rd - Saturday 26th October and Tuesday 29th October - Saturday 2nd November at 7.30
Matinées on Saturday 26th October and Saturday 2nd November at 3.00
to be performed at the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington


These auditions are for Tower Theatre Company Members only.
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Audition Dates & Times :
Wednesday 24th, Thursday 25th from 7.00 and Saturday 27th July from 11.00 at the Tower Theatre, 16 Northwold Road, Stoke Newington, London N16 7HR.

There is likely to be a recall session on the afternoon of Saturday 27th July.

If you plan to audition, follow this link to the audition form.
Please complete and print it to bring along with you.

All cast and crew may be required on Sunday 29th, Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd October for the get-in, technical and dress rehearsals.

To help the auditions run smoothly please email the Director, Dan Usztan indicating a preferred date for your audition.

Also please contact Dan if you have any questions about the play or the production, or cannot come to the auditions on the dates shown.

Dan Usztan

This is Dan Usztan's fifth time directing for the Tower Theatre following productions of Wolf Hall, Road, One Man - Two Guvnors and After the Dance; he also played One Round in The Ladykillers in 2017. Elsewhere, he has directed productions of The Ruffian on the Stair, Our Country's Good, Bear Hug and The Crucible (Woodhouse Players), The Comedy of Errors (Courtyard Theatre) and The Importance of Being Earnest (Crucible Studio). He is an Assistant Artistic Director of the Tower Theatre.

ELVIRA : Nobody but a monumental bore would have thought of having a honeymoon in Budleigh Salterton.

CHARLES : What's the matter with Budleigh Salterton?

ELVIRA : I was an eager young bride Charles - I wanted glamour and music and romance - all I got was potted palms, seven hours every day on a damp golf course and a three-piece orchestra playing Merrie England.

The director writes :

Blithe Spirit, first seen in the West End in 1941, concerns the novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a seance, hoping to gather material for his next book. Whilst consumed in a trance, Madame Arcati unwittingly summons the ghost of Charles' dead wife Elvira. Appearing only to Charles, Elvira soon makes a play to reclaim her husband, much to the chagrin of Charles' new wife Ruth.

One husband, two feuding wives and a whisper of mischief in the air - who will win in Coward's unworldly comedy?

The characters are :
There's a cast of seven and not a bad part in the show! Ages are a guideline, and as long they work together (i.e. the Bradmans could be any age from 40+ as long as both partners are the same age!). I'm open to whoever comes along. Ethnicity is also not an issue.
Charles Condomine (40+) : Celebrated novelist. Debonair, arrogant, bemused.
Ruth Condomine (35+) : Charles' second wife. Practical, sharp, witty.
Elvira Condomine (35+; now dead) : Charles' deceased first wife. Devilish, seductive, determined.
Madame Arcati (50+) : A medium. Spiritual, practical, eccentric.
Doctor Bradman (40+) : A friend of Charles and Ruth. Sensible, serious, dry.
Mrs Bradman (40+) : A friend of Charles and Ruth. Dotty, friendly, faded.
Edith (20+) : The Condomine's maid. Nervous, limber, confused.

If you are planning to audition could you please try and read the script (it's widely, and cheaply, available).

We will make selections from the play available for the audition nearer the time; please have a read before you come along.

Please come prepared at auditions to give the Director any dates during the rehearsal period that you are unavailable. Please make it clear if you wish to audition for certain roles only and are not prepared to accept another part.