by Ray Cooney

Directed by Keith Hutton

 0430 032 332 or e-mail


Audition dates:       Sunday July 28th from 6:00pm

                                Tuesday 30th July from 7.30pm


Audition Venue:      Guide Hall, Glebe Avenue, Cheltenham (off Charman Road)


Season Dates:          8, 9, 10*, 14, 15, 16**, 17*, 21, 22, 23 November, 2019


Season Venue:         Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Rd, Parkdale



The play features a junior UK Member of Parliament, Richard Willey, a married man, who has to lie his way out of an embarrassing situation, namely a planned adultery with the personal secretary (Jane Worthington) of an opposition MP.  With the assistance of an innocent side-kick (in this case the minister’s personal private secretary), who gets more and more embroiled in the increasingly tangled tale improvised by Richard Willey as events unfold. The action takes place in a suite in a posh London hotel and revolves around accidents caused by a defective sash window and a body in a wardrobe.


RICHARD WILLEY – A suave and successful man and a Junior Minister in the Government of the day. Aged somewhere between 30 – 40. This is the lead role requiring an experienced actor with excellent comedic timing and physical ability. Well-spoken English accent required.

JANE WORTHINGTON – The object of Mr Willey’s desires. She is young (between 25-35), attractive but dizzy. An experienced comedy actress required who is comfortable with performing at times in underwear only. Generic English accent required.

HOTEL MANAGER – A severe man, age generally unimportant, but probably between  40-60 years of age. It is from his severity and dead-pan delivery the comedy emerges. London accent required.

GEORGE PIGDEN – An upright pleasant man of nervous disposition, aged 40-60. Generic English accent required

GLADYS – A bossy but attractive woman aged 40-50. Generic English accent required.

PAMELA WILLEY – An attractive, sophisticated woman aged 30-40. Well-spoken English accent required.

A BODY – Nondescript middle-aged man (45-60) This is actually an important role, spending virtually the entire time on stage (albeit at times hidden) Good physical comedy is required and the role also has some dialogue! (It is a farce after all!) When he speaks, London accent required.

RONNIE WORTHINGTON – An angry young man (25-35 years) London accent required

WAITER – A nimble and wily old servant (60-75 years) London accent required.

MAID – Large Italian woman 50 – 60 years. Obviously a convincing Italian accent required.



It will be a closed audition process by appointment only, with the Director. Relevant audition pieces will be announced shortly. There is no requirement to learn the audition pieces, but it will be expected you have read the entire play and be very familiar with your audition pieces.

Please contact the Director, Keith Hutton to make an audition appointment.




Before auditioning, please ensure that you will be, if successful, fully available for all scheduled rehearsals and performances. However if you have a commitment affecting one of  the proposed rehearsals, please advise the Director at the time of auditioning, and wherever possible, it will be accommodated.

The performance dates are November 8th, 9th, 10th (Matinee), 14th, 15th, 16th (Matinee & Evening), 17th (Matinee), 21st, 22nd, 23rd .

At this stage, rehearsals will be held on Sundays (time negotiable), Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm. They will commence on Sunday 8th September with a full read-through.

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