|Audition Notice||Nell Gwynn||
by Jessica Swale
Roger Beaumont's directing credits include - For the Tower Theatre : Chapter Two, Aladdin, Neville's Island,
Outside Edge, The Gay Detective, Speed-The-Plow, The Birthday Party, A Doll's House, Miss Julie, Blackbird, Endgame, The Winterling, The Last of the Haussmans,
Hedda Gabler and Jeeves and Wooster in 'Perfect Nonsense';
For Questors Theatre : Design for Living, A Streetcar Named Desire, Closer, Duet for One, Waiting for Godot, Festen, Les Liaisons
Dangereuses, Humble Boy and All My Sons; For SEDOS : Three Sisters and Boeing Boeing.
Acting credits for the Tower Theatre include Eddy in Greek, Burton in Burn This, Benny in My Night with Reg, Ray Say in Little Voice,
Lopakhin in The Cherry Orchard, Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre, Laurent in Thérèse Raquin, Jake Blues in Tribute to the Blues Brothers,
George in Kvetch, Ray in Blackbird and, most recently, Griffin in The Night Heron.
The director writes :
"The rags to royalty story of Charles II's favourite mistress, orange seller and one time lady of the night turned actress Eleanor 'Nell' Gwynn, is a fruity tale of feminism and femininity."
It is 1660. The Puritans have run away and Charles II has exploded onto the scene with a love of all things loud, French and sexy. And at Drury Lane, a young Nell Gwynn is selling oranges for sixpence. Little does she know who's watching.
Premièred at The Globe and winner of the 2016 Olivier Best Comedy award, Nell Gwynn charts the rise of an unlikely heroine, from her roots in Coal Yard Alley to her success as Britain's most celebrated actress, and her hard-won place in the heart of the King. But at a time when women are second-class citizens, can her charm and spirit protect her from the dangers of the court? And at what cost?
"Intricately layered, it works on many levels, from the low comedy of the Carry On films and the laugh out loud 'Coarse Acting' of Michael Green, to heart-wrenching moments of grief and touching scenes of tenderness."
Great writing, great roles for women, wide age-range in the cast, an opportunity to be part of an ensemble, music, singing, tragedy, comedy, silly costumes, dancing, a 2 week run - it should be fun!
The characters are :
There is some room for some discretion age-wise, so please still come to the audition if you are interested.
Nell Gwynn : (20 - 30) Our heroine
Rose Gwynn : (20 - 30) Nell's sister
Nancy : (18 - 30) Nell's dresser and confidante
Ma Gwynn* : (40 - 65) Nell's mother, a brothel madam
Queen Catherine* : (40 - 65) Charles's Portuguese wife
Lady Castlemaine** : (25 - 35) Charles's mistress
Louise de Keroualle** : (25 - 35) Charles's French mistress
King Charles II : (20 - 40) The King
Charles Hart : (30 - 45) Leading actor in the King's Company
Thomas Killigrew : (40 - 50) Actor-manager of the King's Company
Edward Kynaston : (25 - 40) Actor in the King's Company, plays the women's parts
John Dryden : (30 - 45) Playwright
Lord Arlington : (50 - 70) Charles II's adviser
Ned Spigget : (18 - 25) Actor in training in the King's Company
* and ** : These roles could be doubled - which might be fun
For a copy of the script, please email the Director, Roger Beaumont.
We are looking for the following :
Musical Director : The musical score is available. "It is much helped by Nigel Hess's score, which sets bawdy lyrics to seductive melodies and sends the audience out humming Nell's : 'I can dance and I can sing / And I can do the other thing'." Michael Billington, The Guardian ****
Lighting and Sound Operators : We need enthusiastic operators to join our team for the week of performance plus a couple of evenings to see rehearsals.
If you are interested in any of these roles or in being involved in the show in any other capacity please contact the Director, Roger Beaumont.