By Ronald Harwood
Directed by Richard Lindfield
Performance dates: March 13 – 21
Audition: Sunday, November 24 @ 6pm
Auditionees will be asked to learn one speech from the play and be familiar with other scenes being used in the audition. Will also be asked to mime to a short song – words and music to be provided.
The parts will be cast on the night.
Jean, Cecily, Reggie, and Wilfred were once the glittering stars of English opera – their iconic recording of the quartet from Verdi’s Rigoletto has just been re-released. Currently three of them are seeing out their final days in the peace and tranquillity of Beecham House, a genteel home for retired opera singers. That peace is about to be shattered by the arrival of Jean, the diva of the group, whose marriage to Reggie was poisonous and short-lived.
All the characters have a playing age of 70+
Reggie – neat and tidy, jacket and tie man. Sang the tenor lead, the Duke, in their production of Rigoletto
Jean – theatrical and rather brittle. Sang the soprano lead, Gilda.
Wilf – slightly shambling and obsessed with sex. Played the hunchback, Rigoletto
Cecily - a worrier who is beginning to lose it. Sang the contralto, Maddalena.
Even though the play is about opera singers, no singing skill required.