Audition Notice Wolf Hall

by Hilary Mantel, adapted for the stage by Mike Poulton

Directed by Dan Usztan

Performance Dates & Times :
Tuesday 17th - Saturday 21st and Tuesday 24th - Saturday 28th July at 7.30
Matinées on Saturday 21st and Saturday 28th July at 3.00
to be performed at the Bridewell Theatre
Monday 13th - Friday 17th August at 8.00
Matinées on Tuesday 14th and Thursday 16th August at 2.00
to be performed at the Minack Theatre
The Tower Theatre Company has been visiting the Minack Theatre in Cornwall for over 40 years. Those who have not yet had the chance to visit this stunning venue should have a look at the Minack Theatre web site.
PLEASE NOTE : You will be responsible for the cost of your travel to/from Cornwall and for your accommodation whilst there.


These auditions are open to anyone
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Non-members must pay the £20 audition fee before the auditions.
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Audition Dates & Times :

Wednesday 24th January at 7.00 :
Tower Theatre Company Members only

Thursday 25th January at 7.00 and Saturday 27th January at 12.15 :
Open Auditions - Members and Non-Members both welcome

The Wednesday and Thursday auditions will be at the St Bride Institute (above the Bridewell Theatre), Bride Lane, London EC4Y 8EQ. The Saturday audition will be in the Tower Theatre rehearsal room, Bride Lane, London EC4Y 8EQ.

We are auditioning early in order to give time to book accommodation for the tour to Cornwall once the cast is announced.
There will be sections available to read on the night - nothing to prepare, but please do read the play first.
Possible recalls in the afternoon of Saturday 27th January.
If you wish to discuss anything about the play, require advance copies of the audition material or cannot come to the auditions on the dates shown please contact the Director, Dan Usztan.

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

Rehearsals will be roughly two weekday evenings and one four hour session on Sunday depending on availability and will begin in early May.
Cast will be required during the day on Sunday 15th and Monday 16th July for get-in, technical and dress rehearsals at the Bridewell.
For the tour to the Minack, cast will need to be available from midday on Saturday 11th August for the get-in at the Minack and will be released at lunchtime on Saturday 18th August.

Dan Usztan

Dan Usztan joined the Tower Theatre in 2012 and is an Assistant Artistic Director. His acting roles for the Tower include One Round in The Ladykillers last year and before that Alan in Time and the Conways, Donald in The Habit of Art, Bobby in Coyote on a Fence, Gerry in Dancing at Lughnasa and Dennis in Loot. He directed Road at the Bridewell Theatre and One Man, Two Guvnors and After The Dance Upstairs at the Gatehouse. A Literary Agent by day, Dan has also appeared on Mastermind, 15 to 1, Blockbusters and University Challenge.
Set Design : Jude Chalk
Composer : Dan Smith
Lighting Design : Stephen Ley
Props Co-Ordinator : Michelle Roebuck
Assistant Director : Alex T Hornby
Tour Manager : Sarah Ley

The director writes :
England 1527. The battle for the soul of a nation begins.

After twenty years of marriage to Katherine of Aragon, King Henry VIII is desperate for a male heir. Keen to divorce his Queen and seek a wife who will give him a son, he cannot defy the law of the land and the will of God. Enter Thomas Cromwell - son of a blacksmith, political genius, briber, charmer, bully. A man who will defy princes, lords and popes to make the impossible happen for Henry. With Cromwell by his side, Henry pursues the young noblewoman Anne Boleyn and ignites a course of action that threatens to tear Europe apart.

This epic adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Man Booker prize-winning novel was premiered by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2013 before transferring to the West End and Broadway.

The characters are :

The cast stands at roughly 30 parts - depending on the size of our company actors may double up some parts. Please read the play before auditioning to get a sense of the size of the roles and who you may like to audition as - copies are available from the Tower Office.
Ages are only a guideline (but they are the lower limit!).

Henry VIII (male, 35+) : The King of England. Deeply religious, desperately needs a son. Not yet a tyrant.
Stephen Gardiner (male, 40+) : Later Bishop of Winchester. Somewhat slimy. Keeps crossing paths with Cromwell.
Thomas Cromwell (male, 40+) : The centre of the play. Son of a blacksmith rising to be Henry's loyal advisor. A man who gets things done. You wouldn't cross him.
Cardinal Wolsey (male 50+) : Also from humble beginnings. A practical statesman, infuriated with Henry.
Mark Smeaton (male 20+) : A musician who finds himself in many different households. Young, handsome, charming.
Rafe Sadler (male 14+; could be played by a male actor who looks young, or a female actor playing a boy) : A boy in Crowell's household. Trusted by Cromwell and often by his side.
Liz Cromwell (female, 40+) : Runs the household. Kind. A real spark of love and attraction between her and Thomas.
Thomas More (male, 40+) : Strongly opposed to Reformation. Deeply religious. Calm and terrifying in equal measure.
Thomas Boleyn (male, 40+) : Anne's father. A smooth talking diplomat.
George Boleyn (male, 20+) : Anne's brother. A brat.
Jane Rochford (female, 20+) : Anne's sister. Resents her sister.
Harry Percy (male, 20+) : Another rich brat. Claims to be in a relationship with Anne.
Anne Boleyn (female, 20+) : Henry's second wife. Educated in France. Chic. Confident. Utterly alone.
Queen Katherine (female, 40+) : Cast aside. Full of dignity and religion. Wronged by Henry. Powerful.
Eustace Chapuys (male, 30+) : French Ambassador. On Katherine's side.
Gregory Cromwell (male, 14+; could be played by a male actor who looks young, or a female actor playing a boy) : Cromwell's son. Assists his father's business.
Duke of Suffolk (male 60+) : A blustering old aristocrat.
Duke of Norfolk (male 60+) : Another blustering old aristocrat.
Thomas Wyatt (male 30+) : A young nobleman.
Sir Henry Norris (male 20+) : A young nobleman
Mary Boleyn (female, 20+) : Previously Henry's mistress. An ally of sorts to Cromwell.
Jane Seymour (female 20+) : A minor noblewoman who will become Henry's third wife. A little oblivious.
Archbishop Warham (male, 60+) : The ailing Archbishop of Canterbury. Sleepy, but with tremendous dignity.
Thomas Cranmer (male 30+) : Annuls Henry's marriage to Katherine and marries Henry and Anne. A political archbishop.
Francis Weston (male 20+) : A young courtier
William Brereton (male 30+) : A nobleman
Princess Mary (female 20+) : Daughter of Henry and Katherine. Devoted to her mother.
French Ambassador (male or female, 40+) : A French Ambassador