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No Man’s Land Casting

London Classic Theatre is casting for its Autumn 2019 National Tour of Harold Pinter’s NO MAN’S LAND.

NO MAN’S LAND will be going to 22 venues over 9 weeks, touring to repertory theatres, middle-scale venues and arts centres, including: Oldham Coliseum, Hull Truck Theatre, Lighthouse Poole, Theatre Royal Winchester, Connaught Theatre Worthing, Devonshire Park Eastbourne and the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme.

A chance meeting between two elderly writers in a North London pub leads to an alcohol-fuelled night of reminiscences and verbal sparring.

Hirst, a wealthy recluse, invites Spooner, a down-at-heel poet, to his Hampstead townhouse for a nightcap. As the shadows lengthen and the whisky flows, their stories become more elaborate and improbable, until the arrival of two younger men forces events to take an unexpected turn.

In his most beguiling and atmospheric play, Pinter interweaves truth, language and memory to create a world of dark comedy and subtle power games.

Artistic Director MICHAEL CABOT is looking for committed, enthusiastic actors with strong stage presence and a wholly professional attitude.

Salary as follows:
Rehearsals – £400 per week.
Tour – £500 per week + all travel/accommodation arranged and paid for by the company. The company will normally travel by car, so while not essential, some driving may be required.

LCT is based in Purley, Surrey. The company rehearses in Colliers Wood, London SW19.

Due to the nature of our touring model, actors need to have a London base.

NB: This is not an Equity contract. No relocation expenses available. Holiday pay is included in the stated salary. LCT do not operate PAYE.

Tour Dates

5-7 September Oldham Coliseum Theatre
11-14 September Hull Truck Theatre
17-18 September Theatre Royal, Winchester
19-21 September Lighthouse, Poole
24 September Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
25-26 September The Theatre, Chipping Norton
27 September Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury
28 September Atkinson, Southport
1-5 October New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme
8-9 October Key Theatre, Peterborough
10 October Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
11 October CAST, Doncaster
12 October Middlesbrough Theatre
15-16 October Connaught Theatre, Worthing
17-19 October Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne
22-23 October Queen’s Hall, Hexham
24 October Phoenix Theatre, Blyth
25-26 October Brunton, Musselburgh
29-30 October Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton
31 October Cornerstone, Didcot
1 November Theatre Royal, Margate
2 November Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Production dates: Rehearsals: 12-30 August (3 weeks Monday – Friday).
Tour dates: Thursday 5 September – Saturday 2 November.
Director: Michael Cabot.
Producer: Kathryn Cabot.
Auditions and recalls will be held in South London between 6 and 14 May.

Breakdown

Hirst (Male, 60 – 70)
Description: A successful, once flamboyant poet, essayist and critic. Now in his sixties, Hirst spends most of his time trapped within the confines of his Hampstead home, with occasional visits to the Heath as his only escape. After meeting Spooner in a pub, he invites him back to his house for a nightcap. Hirst is initially quiet and withdrawn, but later finds his voice and reappears full of renewed vigour and improbable stories about an adventurous past.

Spooner (Male, 60 – 70)
Description: An unsuccessful, down-at-heel poet, who now scratches a living as a ‘potman’ in a Chalk Farm pub. Spooner is articulate, intelligent and despite his outwardly shabby appearance, still possesses a wily, streetwise edge.

Briggs (Male, 40 – 50)
Description: Hirst’s personal servant and perhaps minder. A solid presence, self-possessed and forthright. Physically capable, a man who is not afraid to take control and dominate any given situation.

Foster (Male, 30 – 40)
Description: Hirst’s ‘housekeeper’, Foster is talkative, charming and quick-witted. He sees himself as a man of the world, well-travelled and urbane. His sexuality is somewhat ambiguous and intentionally so, as he distracts and plays subtle, manipulative power games with Spooner, the new arrival.

Please send CVs by email to Kathryn Cabot, Producer at kathryn@londonclassictheatre.co.uk. The final deadline for submissions is Friday 3 May at 6pm.

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