The Stirling Players have issued a call for auditions for their first production for 2019
Written By: Jessica Swale
Directed By: Megan Dansie
Production Dates: 22 February - 9 March 2019
Nell Gwynn is a fabulous romp that premiered at Shakespeare’s Globe in September 2015 before transferring to the West End and winning the of 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. It is still touring the UK.
Using language that is modern and accessible, it is a fun, bawdy, inside look at theatre and acting of the period. Hearing Nell Gwynn heckled at the playhouse, Charles Hart decides to train her as an actress, just before women are first allowed on the London stage - the pair also become lovers. When Charles II grants permission for women to act, Nell joins Hart in the King's Company. Her admission to the Company is backed by its writer John Dryden, director Thomas Killigrew, and most of the actors except Edward Kynaston, who had previously played the company's female parts. Charles II continues his affair with Lady Castlemaine although his queen, Catherine, objects. Soon afterwards Charles sees Nell onstage and is greatly attracted to her. He visits her backstage and the pair begin an affair.
The play represents a wonderful twist on the story of The Stirling Players’ 2012 sellout hit, Compleat Female Stage Beauty. See our Past Productions for information and picture gallery.
The play has a cast of at least 5 women and 7 men. Some doubling, or spreading of minor parts is possible. Having some actors who can play instruments would be desirable. Any ethnicity welcome.
All ages stage age only.
Nell Gwynn - our heroine young, bright, cheeky. Stage age 18 to 25. Sings solo.
Rose Gwynn - Nell’s sister about Nell’s age or slightly older
Nancy - Nell’s dresser and confidante any age
Lady Castlemaine - Charles’ most ambitious mistress 20- 30’s
Louise de Keroualle - Charles’ French mistress 20 to 30’s
Queen Katherine - Charles’ Portuguese wife 25-35
Old Ma Gwynn - Nell’s mother, a brothel madam 30s to 50
Charles II - the King, obviously, 25 to 45
Charles Hart - leading actor of the King’s Company 20s-to 40
Thomas Killigrew - actor-manager of the King’s Company late 20’s to 50’s
Lord Arlington - Charles II’s advisor 40 to 65
John Dryden playwruight 25 to 45
Ned Spigget - actor in training in the King’s Company 18 to 25
Edward Kynaston - actor in the King’s Company, plays the women’s parts 20’s to 35
Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7.30 to 10pm. Sundays 2 to 5pm. Rehearsals commence early December, with a break for Christmas.
Fridays and Saturdays 22, 23 February; 1, 2, 8, and 9 March 2019 at 8pm Sundays 24 Feb and 3 March 2019 at 4 pm
The Stirling Community Theatre, Avenue Road, Stirling
Saturday 14 July from 1pm. Audition pieces will be available in advance of the audition date.
For an audition time (hourly slots) phone Viki 0418 237 011
If auditioning for Nell, be prepared to sing a verse and chorus of a song, e.g. nursery rhyme or traditional folk song.
Wear appropriate comfortable shoes and clothing to allow for a short movement exercise.
Stirling Community Theatre, Avenue Road, Stirling
Contact Megan Dansie (Director). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone (outside business hours only) 0413 800 221.