AUDITIONS: She Stoops to Conquer
Friday 2nd February from 6pm
Saturday 3rd February from 9am
Sunday 4th February from 10am
She Stoops to Conquer is the first great romcom. With an hilarious plot of mistaken identities and thwarted love its characters are timeless. Tony Lumpkin for example is considered one of the great all-time comic parts. Written in 1773, Oliver Goldsmith’s masterpiece has been restaged many times, including a celebrated production directed by Peter Hall with Miriam Margolyes as Mrs. Hardcastle. Whether billed as a romance, a farce or a comedy of manners, She Stoops to Conquer pokes light-hearted fun at the human condition and is ripe for a long overdue revival.
CHARLES MARLOW. Mid 20s-30. An upper class, strutting love god. Major flaw: his snobbishness that collapses in a heap when he’s left alone with a girl of his own class who proves more than his match. Marlow’s double standards and confusion is a comic highlight of the play, making him a
delight to act – from bluster to blushes… and back!
KATE HARDCASTLE. Early to mid 20s. Full of sense and sensibility, Kate’s role as the dutiful daughter gives way to a spirited, self-aware young woman with a
natural sense of fun as she ‘stoops’ to test Marlow’s character by disguising herself as a maid. Kate determines her own romantic destiny with a liberating lightness of touch.
MRS. HARDCASTLE. Late 40’s-50s. Her vanity and lack of self-awareness makes her an amazing comic creation. One of the best snobs in English theatre, Mrs Hardcastle is a dream character role.
MR. HARDCASTLE. Late 40s-60. Kate’s father, and, as his name suggests, an old stick in the mud, comfortable in his countrified world of tradition.
Hardcastle is also a richly comic role in his battle to maintain an appearance of hospitality against his mounting outrage at the comedy of errors around him.
TONY LUMPKIN. 21. A comic gem of English theatre. Larger than life, Tony is a fun-loving Peter Pan like character. Though utterly spoilt and
full of mischief, he remains loveable due to his lack of self-delusion and hypocrisy. A big physical role and a strong singing voice would be a plus.
GEORGE HASTINGS. The same age as Marlow and his best friend. In love with Constance Neville, his character has the potential to grow well beyond
being Marlowe’s sidekick. Doleful or self-obsessed, engaging or straight as a poker, the role can be taken in many directions.
CONSTANCE NEVILLE. Also in her early 20s, Kate’s cousin, as her name suggests, she helps ground the action of the play through common sense,
decency and natural charm. She is a foil to the high-spirited antics of the others.
SIR CHARLES. An older gent. A cameo role in the final act. Can double with playing a servant in Acts 1-4.
The four supporting actors play far bigger roles than shown in the script. They drive the comic momentum and perform multiple roles as well as singing and dancing - in their quaint rustic way! In short they’re lots of fun. Ages and genders are flexible. Only requirement: a willingness to play physical comedy and work, at times, as a team.
Being a comedy, please choose a 1-2 minute monologue which best shows changes in your character.
As you will also be reading from the script of She Stoops to Conquer, knowing the play would be a definite advantage.
To Book an audition please email firstname.lastname@example.org