Audition Notice Arcadia

by Tom Stoppard

Directed by Peta Barker

Performance Dates & Times :
Tuesday 3rd - Saturday 7th April at 7.30
Matinée on Saturday 7th April at 3.00
to be performed at the Bridewell Theatre, off Fleet Street


These auditions are for Tower Theatre Company Members only.
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Audition Dates & Times :
Monday 11th and Wednesday 13th December at 7.30 at the St Bride Institute (above the Bridewell Theatre), Bride Lane, London EC4Y 8EQ.
Possible recalls on Friday 15th December, at 7.30.

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

Rehearsals will start in early January. Exact dates to be determined.

All cast and crew will be required on Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd April for the get-in and for technical and dress rehearsals.

Prospective actors should contact the Director, Peta Barker to let him know on which date they will attend and for which part(s) they wish to audition; also contact him of you wish to discuss anything about the play or cannot come to the auditions on the dates shown.

Peta Barker

Peta Barker's acting credits include Ariel and Caliban (The Tempest), Iago (Othello), Mrs Yajnavalkya (Valmouth), The Voice of Audrey II - the Plant (The Little Shop of Horrors), Mbongeni (Woza Albert!), Scullery (Road), Ash (Dealer's Choice), Jack Mullen (The Weir), John (Shining City), Derek (Brighton Beach Scumbags) and Hoke (Driving Miss Daisy). Directing credits include Blue Remembered Hills, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Burn This, Lysistrata, The Blue Room, Brimstone and Treacle and The Lieutenant of Inishmore. He has also adapted and directed Russell Hoban's novel Kleinzeit for the stage.
Stage Manager : Richard Davies

The director writes :
The year is 1809. At Lady Croom's country seat of Sidley Park, Derbyshire, the orderly classicism of the estate grounds are being turned into picturesque romantic chaos. In a Regency room overlooking the work, Septimus Hodge is tutoring Lady Croom's brilliant adolescent daughter Thomasina. Their maths lesson is interrupted by the cuckolded Ezra Chater, a minor poet determined upon satisfaction, after Septimus has been discovered in "carnal embrace" with Chater's wife.

200 years later, in the same room, a biographer/historian, an academic and a mathematician, attempt to unravel the events of 1809, and past meets present in spectacular fashion.

The characters (and suggested playing ages) are :

1809 :
Thomasina Coverly (13, later 16) : Daughter of Lady Croom, and a precocious genius.
Septimus Hodge (22, later 25) : Tutor to Thomasina.
Jellaby (middle-aged) : Butler to the Croom household.
Ezra Chater (early 30's) : An unsuccessful poetaster.
Richard Noakes (middle-aged) : Lady Croom's gardener.
Lady Croom (middle 30's) : Thomasina's mother, matriarch of the Coverly estate.
Captain Brice, RN (middle 30's) : A sea captain.
Augustus Coverly (15) : Thomasina's brother.
The present day :
Hannah Jarvis (late 30's) : A best-selling biographer/historian author.
Bernard Nightingale (late 30's) : A university don.
Valentine Coverly (25 to 30) : A present-day Coverly.
Chloe Coverly (18) : A present-day Coverly.
Gus Coverly (15) : A present-day Coverly.

Please read the play before auditioning. A copy is available from the Tower Office.