Our November 2018 production of The Importance of Being Earnest will be a new, fast-moving and contemporary take on Oscar Wilde’s comedy masterpiece. The show will star Brian André (Hector in The History Boys) as the formidable Lady Bracknell and part of the concept is that all other named roles will be played by male actors. There will most likely be some smaller, ensemble roles and these could be played by men or women. Below are the specific roles we are looking to cast. If you are interested in any of these or being in the Ensemble, please email Mark at info@Qetc.nl with your Acting CV. Please put your name in the file name and make sure that it includes a recent full length photo, mentions your height and playing age and what English accents you can do. To be considered for a speaking role you must be able to produce an RP English accent and preferably one other local UK accent/ or standard American accent. This will be an innovative and exciting new production with plenty of room for your own creativity. Auditions will be held in late January/ early February. Rehearsals start Jun/Jul 2018.
Lady Bracknell - a gorgon! This role is cast. Brian André.
Algernon Moncrieff - Age 30ish. A debonaire, gay, suave, mischievous and handsome seducer. Devilishly deceitful. Witty and very articulate.
Jack Worthing - Age 30ish. Algy’s friend who has created the alter-ego of Ernest to allow him to live the high-life whilst in town. Handsome, gay and articulate. Less tricky and more straight-forward than Algy, he is nevertheless a clever rogue.
Gabriel (Gwendolen) - Lady Bracknell’s son, Algernon’s cousin and love interest of Jack. Smart, gay, good-looking, urbane but with plenty of nerve, self-confidence and perhaps even a rebellious streak. Age 20 to 30. Good singing voice an advantage but not essential. (Possibly a Lord Alfred Douglas look-a-like?)
Cecil (Cecily) - Jack’s young ward. Attractive, articulate, gay, precocious but less innocent than he at first seems and definitely determined. He likes to also manipulate the situation to his own advantage. Age 20 to 25. Good singing voice an advantage but not essential.
Dr/Miss Prism - good natured, well-spoken ‘chaperone’ to Cecil. In later middle-age, unmarried but with his eye on Dr Chasuble. This role is for a male actor but could be played as male or female.
Dr Chasuble - avuncular, eloquent, Christian and self-effacing man of the cloth. In later middle-age, unmarried but with his eye on Dr/Miss Prism. This role is for a male actor but could be played as male or female.
Lane/Ensemble - in the service of Algernon. Well-spoken. This role will mostly likely be doubled with various, new ensemble roles. Age 20 to 50.
Merriman/Ensemble - in the service at Jack’s country residence. Well-spoken. This role will mostly likely be doubled with various, new ensemble roles. Age 20 to 50.
Ensemble roles - there will be 2 or 3 roles for men between 20 and 40 and women anywhere between 20 and 60. There will be plenty to get your teeth into and you could also understudy a named role.