CASTING CALL FOR PETER MORGAN’S THE AUDIENCE A Nuffield Southampton Theatres production

Nuffield Southampton Theatres are delighted to be searching for two young actresses to join the cast of professional actors who will be creating The Audience in the role of a youngQueen Elizabeth.

No prior experience is required, just confident 11- 14 year olds who are interested in being part of the production and live within an easy travel distance to Southampton (within thirty minutes’ drive time or a short train journey).

For 60 years, the Queen has met her Prime Minister every week. An audience at Buckingham Palace. Both parties agree never to repeat what is said. Not even to their spouses. The Audience is a play that charts the relationship between the Queen and her Prime Ministers throughout her life – including her younger days, from the writer of Netflix’s The Crown.

This new production, directed by NST’s Samuel Hodges, will be the play’s regional premiere and is the first staging since the smash West End production.

“Queen Elizabeth is an iconic role, at any age, and to play her in her youth is a wonderful opportunity. It’s an incredible chance for two young actresses to take to the stage in a professional production.”

To be considered, please send an email to [email protected]k along with a full length photo, a close up photo, the child’s name, age and height, and any other information you think is relevant to share. Applicants must be available 20 May – 23 June.

Closing date: 18 February. Auditions will take place in the week commencing 25 February.

Unfortunately, NST cannot get back to every submission and if you haven’t heard back by 22 February, your application will not be going forward.

Samuel Hodges is Director of The Shadow Factory and of Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST). His productions for NST includes The Shadow Factory, Dedication – Shakespeare and Southampton, The Glass Menagerie. Previously he founded the HighTide Festival Theatre in 2007 and was the Artistic Director for five years, during which time he produced over 25 new plays, co-producing with the National Theatre, The Old Vic and the Bush Theatre, amongst others. Between 2012 and 2014, he ran the Criterion Theatre in London’s West End, for whom he curated a late-night programme and a one-off summer season of new work to celebrate the London Olympics.

Nuffield Southampton Theatres is one of the UK’s leading professional theatre companies. The company is led by Samuel Hodges, supported by a team of associates: directors Blanche McIntyre, Natalie Abrahami and Michael Longhurst, playwright Adam Brace, choreographer Drew McOnie and poet Inua Ellams. NST develops and produces work with some of the UK’s most exciting and dynamic regional theatres. NST’s awards include Best Director at UK Theatre Awards 2013 for The Seagull, Regional Theatre of the Year at The Stage Awards 2015, Best Design at UK Theatre Awards 2015 for The Hudsucker Proxy and the 2017 Renee Stepham UK Theatre Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre for Fantastic Mr Fox. In 2018 NST was nominated for three awards in the UK Theatre Awards 2018; Best Design for The Shadow Factory; The Renee Stepham Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre for A Streetcar Named Desire and Achievement in Marketing and Audience Development for the NST City opening campaign. 

NST City is Nuffield Southampton Theatres brand new venue which opened in Southampton’s city centre in 2018. The new theatre’s programme runs alongside NST Campus situated on the Highfield Campus at the University of Southampton.

Nuffield Southampton Theatres is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation and a registered charity, receiving additional core funding from the University of Southampton and Southampton City Council.


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