Dial M for Murder

By Frederick Knott.  Directed by Richard Webb.

Read-through:
Tuesday 9th October 2018 at 7:30 pm

Auditions:
Friday 12th October 2018 at 8pm
Saturday 20th October 2018 at 3pm

Characters:

Tony (aged 25-35)

Former Tennis Champion, athletic and fit build, charming sociopath, liar and resourceful. Married his wife for her inheritance and plans to kill her for the same. He is selfish and arrogant. Knows about his wife’s misdemeanours.

Margot (20-30)

Tony’s wife has inherited money. She is naive, gullible and sweet. She is bored married to Tony and is now having a sneaky relationship with her ex lover Max. Has no idea that Tony is aware of her affairs. Nor does she expect her attempted murder. The character for Margot should be aware that there will be quite a brutal scene involved for this character. So be prepared for strong emotion and physical requirements.

Max (25-45)

American accent required, any type is fine. He is Margot’s secret lover and former boyfriend. Trying to persuade her to teave Tony and marry him. He is still in love with Margot and visits the couple in London.

Lesgate (25-35)

The accomplice of Tony. Petty criminal/probable murderer. Tony blackmails Lesgate to kill Margot. Smarmy and nervous, think weasel. He seems willing to do anything if the price is right! The character for Lesgate should be aware that there will be quite a brutal scene involved for this character. So be prepared for strong emotion and physical requirements.

Hubbard (30+)

Police detective, thorough, eccentric, thoughtful, observant, compassionate. Determined to find the truth.

Synopsis

In London, 1952, the wealthy Margot Wendice has convinced her professional tennis player husband, Tony, to give up playing to spend more time with her. He now sells sports equipment, and, to Margot, their life together is a happy one. However, he has discovered that while he was on a tennis tour in the United States several years ago, Margot had an affair with an American murder mystery writer named Max Halliday.

Because he wants revenge as well as her money, Tony meticulously plans Margot’s murder. She has no idea that Tony knows of her past affair, nor does she have any suspicion that he is planning to kill her. Max comes to London to visit the couple, and Tony uses this as the opportunity to fulfil his plan.

Tony blackmails a man who calls himself Captain Lesgate, a former schoolmate and convicted criminal, to carry out the scheme. They plan what they believe is the perfect murder. But when Margot refuses to play the part of the victim, things go very differently.

 

__________________________________________________________

 Auditions at Theatre 62

Auditions take place in advance of productions to allow the Director to assemble their cast.

Theatre 62 holds a read-through ahead of auditions to allow interested auditionees to better familiarise themselves with the play and to meet the Director.

Each Director has her/his own way of auditioning; some prefer to read straight from the text, others choose to try improvisation; some a mixture of both.  Auditions can often be a lot of fun, and gives an actor a chance to try out for different parts.

At Theatre 62 we like to welcome new faces to the stage as well as longer-standing regulars.  Most auditions are ‘open’, which means non-members are welcome to come along and audition.  However, if you are successful you will need to join Theatre 62 as a Full Member.

Auditions are held at Wickham Theatre Centre, location here.