ETC Theatre Company, by arrangement with Samuel French Ltd, are proud to announce their next production.
Based on the 2008 film starring Burt Lancaster, Derek Jacobi, Imelda Staunton and Samanta Bond this hilarious stage adaptation is just the tonic for those long winter nights.
Directed by Steve Brigden
Audition pieces below - click on link on character name
A fading Hollywood star who is arrogant, insecure, brash, gauche, demanding, vulnerable and ultimately aware of his own absurdity.
Director of the Stratford Players and the moving force behind keeping the theatre alive. Her sweet and accommodating manner conceals her inner steel.
Jefferson’s teenage daughter, who has been neglected by her Hollywood star father and now wants to make him pay for it.
Solicitor and leading light of the Stratford Players. Pompous, stuck-up and self-regarding, he belives he is the star of the show, and should play all the leading roles. He also fancies his romantic chances with Dorothy.
A Bunch of Amateurs
by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman
8th - 10th March 2018
More laughs than you can shake a speare at !
Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford – only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but Stony Stratford, a historic town now part of Milton Keynes.
But instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers. Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic am-dram thespians. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson’s career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself – along with his inner Lear!
Rehearsals will start on Tuesday 21 November 2017. It is a requirement that you are available for the entire production week of Sunday 4 – Saturday 10 March 2018.
Owner of the Rectory bed and breakfast. Jolly, generous and an unashamedly adoring Jefferson Steel fan – although somewhat confused about which roles he played in his films, and how keen he is on her.
Handyman and village Mr Fixit. Avuncular though slighly dull. Denis is star-struck by Jefferson and fancies heading up his intourage of one.
Thirty-something marketing executive former physiotherapist and the sponsor’s wife. Passionate about the arts and smarter than her husband allows her to be, she’s treated as a bimbo because of her looks.
Journalists – we hear them offstage