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The Importance of Being Earnest
Auditions at South Hill Park

Considered to be one of the finest plays ever written, The Importance of Being Earnest is Oscar Wilde’s defining masterpiece.

First performed in 1895 at the height of his fame and popularity, the scandal that followed his arrest just weeks after it opened in Victorian London shuttered the original West End production. Yet it served only to add fuel to the legend of this play, a legend where truth and fiction blur.

South Hill Park is looking for community actors to take part in The Importance of Being Earnest which is being directed by Alastair Whatley.

Alastair is an incredibly talented and passionate director, and South Hill Park is delighted to welcome him back. Alastair began his directing career at South Hill Park, and directing many Shakespeare productions, including Henry V in 2007. Since then, Alastair has successfully developed his own professional theatre company, Original Theatre, which have produced exceptional work including Flare Path, Invincible, Three Men in a Boat, Journey’s End, Vincent in Brixton, and the West-End hit Birdsong. He most recently directed the award winning revival of Shadowlands.
Alastair will join our very successful and ever popular in-house design team Victoria Spearing, Anne Thomson and Alan Valentine.

This is a play taking place in the Wilde Theatre in May 2017. The performances run from Wednesday 17th May – Sunday 21st May.
Weekday evenings from 6.30pm-10pm from 24th April
Weekends from 10am-6pm from the 29th April
Production Week:
Monday 15th May 7pm-10pm – TECH
Tuesday 16th May 10am-6pm – TECH + 7pm-10pm DRESS

We are asking candidates to video themselves reading a duologue from the play, lasting around 5 minutes. Please send these to Joe Malyan (Production Manager) at

These videos will be forwarded on to Alastair (who is currently touring the UK with his own professional production of Invincible). Successful candidates will then be given an allocated time to perform a Skype audition with Alastair.

Any questions, please contact Joe.

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Role Description

Character description:

early to mid 20’s

Cecily is an heiress and the ward of John Worthing who lives in his country house tutored and bored in equal measure by Miss Prism.
She gets through the days with a healthy dose of imaginative flights of fancy inventing boyfriends and other such exotic creatures.
Her main object of desire is John Worthing’s (invented) black sheep brother who goes by the name of Earnest Worthing. Drawn to his wicked ways and immoral values which she knows causes her guardian so much trouble.
So when Algy comes on a Bunbury in the guise of Earnest she soon falls spectacularly in love.
Cecily is great fun, wonderfully trivial and represents all the contradictions of the age in which she lives. She lives in the air not on the ground and has precious little contact with any sense of the outside world. Needs a very strong actress to imbue her with more backbone than the Edwardians allowed for.

Required Physical Characteristics
Playing age:
20 to 25
13 March 2017
Closing date:
15 April 2017
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