The 39 Steps
Audition time
Monday, 23 May 7.30pm
Rugby Theatre Central Hall
Show dates
12 - 19 Nov
Show dates

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have the intriguing, thrilling, riotous and unmissable comedy.


There are four parts to be auditioned:

• Richard Hannay. Smooth, smart, good looking and knows it. Playing age 30-50
• Annabella Schmidt/Pamela/Margaret (AS/P/M). Three romantic leads all played by the same person. German/posh English/Scottish accents required. Playing age 20-40 Annabella is a German secret agent, very serious and intense. Pamela is an upper class English gal who takes no nonsense. Margaret is a poor Scottish lass, married to an oaf but who dreams of something bigger and more wonderful.
• Clowns 1&2. Could be 2 male or 2 female. It is important that both actors can play many parts male and female in many different accents often at the same time. Playing age 20-95

There are three audition pieces from the play for Hannay one each with Annabella, Pamela and Margaret. These are numbered 1, 2 and 3 - Resource 1

For the clowns there are a number of pieces to read with different characters being called for as the pieces are read out - Resource 2. This is to test how easily, rapidly and convincingly auditionees can move from one character to another. I shall also be looking at the interaction between different clowns as well, so there are two pieces from the play for a later part of the audition process, numbered 4 and 5.
It is important that the two clowns can switch quickly from character to character and that they look physically quite different – this adds to the comedy.

All auditionees will sit in on the entire audition process, acting as an enthusiastic audience when not auditioning

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Further information
Tel: 07908 033 885
Venue: Rugby Theatre Central Hall
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