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Our next Auditions will be for our
 Fifth Production for 2018



Directed by Andrew Ferguson

The play tells the story of two unlikely partners who were brought together long enough for the world to receive one of the greatest musical gifts it has ever known.  The famous Gilbert and Sullivan partnership: the meeting, the association with D'Oyly Carte, the mounting success, the divergences of temperament and conflicting ambitions, Gilbert's obsession with his 'lizenge' story and the trouble it caused, Sullivan's lavish social life and its disruptive consequences, his ill health, the famous tragi-comic quarrel over a new carpet for the theatre - these and many other episodes are covered.  Musical excerpts from the well-known operas are threaded into the story.


Sunday 12th August from 2pm and Monday 13th August from 7 pm
Malvern Theatre, 29 Burke Road, East Malvern


All auditions are by appointment only. To express your interest in auditioning please forward a short CV and headshot by email to Andrew Ferguson at no later than Friday 3rd August, together with information about the role(s) for which you would like to be considered (see below for further information).

At the audition you will be required to deliver lines (scripts will be provided) and sing at least one of the audition numbers stipulated for the role(s), as detailed below (preferably from memory).

NOTE: Actors must commit unconditionally to the entire performance season and all scheduled rehearsals at which their attendance is required.

For a copy of the Script, contact the Director via email

Brief background and summary:

The play is set in the second half of the 19th Century. Upper-class English accents (RP) are required for Gilbert, Sullivan, Grossmith and D’Oyly Carte. The other characters could have regional English accents.

A small ensemble of versatile actor/singers will be cast to act in multiple roles (mainly singing and dancing/moving chorus), in addition to these named characters:


W. S. GILBERT – 40s to late 50s. A cantankerous gentleman, author and somewhat reluctant lyricist/playwright; bass/baritone; Required Audition Songs: TRIAL – When I, good friends, was called to the bar; PATIENCE – Am I alone and unobserved? .. If you’re anxious to shine; MIKADO – My object all sublime.

SIR ARTHUR SULLIVAN – 40s to late 50s. A gentleman who becomes used to an indulgent lifestyle but whose health suffers later in life, composer; high baritone; Required Audition Songs: PIRATES – When the foeman bares his steel; MIKADO – Tit Willow; GONDOLIERS – Take a pair of sparkling eyes.

GEORGE GROSSMITH – 40s to late 50s. Originally a common actor, later specialising in, and creating original interpretations of G&S comic roles; baritone;
Required Audition Songs: PIRATES – I am the very model of a modern Major-General; IOLANTHE – Nightmare Song.

RICHARD D'OYLY CARTE – 40s to late 50s. A theatrical impresario, somewhat exploitative of the relationship between Gilbert and Sullivan; high baritone;
Required Audition Songs: PINAFORE – I am the captain of the Pinafore; RUDDIGORE – The Ghost’s High Noon.

JOE – mid 20s to late 30s. A stage hand; lyric tenor/high baritone; Required Audition Songs: PIRATES – Pirate King (Oh, better far to live and die); MIKADO – A wandering minstrel I and Here’s a howdedo.

GERALDINE ALMAR – mid 20s to late 30s. Featured chorus member; soprano;
Required Audition Songs: IOLANTHE – Up in the sky, ever so high; MIKADO – Three little maids.

JESSIE BOND – mid 20s to late 30s. Featured chorus member; contralto/mezzo-soprano;
Required Audition Songs: PIRATES – Go ye heroes, go to glory; MIKADO – Three little maids.

SYBIL GREY – mid 20s to late 30s. Featured chorus member; soprano;
Required Audition Songs: PIRATES – Poor wandering one; YEOMAN – The Yeoman song; MIKADO – Three little maids.

Rehearsals commence Tuesday 28th August. Routine rehearsals will be 7.30–10 pm Tuesday and Thursday evenings and 1:30–5 pm Sundays. Please note, though, that there is a special music rehearsal on Sunday 2nd September 6–9 pm, to listen to voice combinations before final casting.


Performance Dates:
26th October to 10th November 2018 (13 performances including two matinees).