‘Quartet’ – Reading and Auditions

'Quartet' by Ronald Harwood

‘Quartet’ by Ronald Harwood

Chesil Theatre invites you to the reading of its forthcoming May 2015 play ‘Quartet’ on Friday 6th March, and the following open auditions on Sunday 8th and Monday 9th March. All at 7.45p

‘Quartet’, by Ronald Harwood, is an engaging and entertaining play about four residents in a retirement home for opera singers as they prepare for their annual concert to raise money to support their care. Jealousy, intrigue, gossip, lust, aging libido, food, and failing vocal prowess dominate their lives, leading to a nerve-racking but ultimately rewarding “grand finale”.

It had its first performance in 1999, with Stephanie Cole, Alec McCowen, Donald Sinden and Angela Thorne. It was made into a successful film in 2012, with a cast which included Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly & Pauline Collins.

Director Peter Liddiard is seeking two male and two female actors to fulfil the roles of these larger than life performers who are not quite ready to take their final curtain call. No singing involved! Please read on for more character information

  • Jean Horton, Soprano. Has the manner of a Grande Dame, but is vulnerable. (Originally played by Angela Thorne / Maggie Smith)
  • Cecily (Cissie) Robson Contralto. A “large” lady, gentle, naive, likes (some) men. (Originally played by Stephanie Cole / Pauline Collins)
  • Reginald Paget, Tenor. Bookish, precise, a stickler for detail (Originally played by Alec McCowan / Tom Courtenay.)
  • Wilfred Bond, Bass. Slightly unkempt, likes to talk dirty. (Originally played by Donald Sinden / Billy Connolly.)

Play readings are a popular social event and we hope you will join us for the read through of this delightful, heart-warming play. The bar will be open, and all are welcome! We look forwards to seeing you.


For further information please contact:

Rachel Waring






About Chesil Theatre

The Chesil Theatre is home to Winchester Dramatic Society, one of the best amateur theatre groups in Hampshire. It is located in a beautiful and atmospheric12th century church that has been turned into fabulous performing area. The Chesil stages sx productions a year - tragedies, comedies, well-loved classics and exciting new works. See more at www.chesiltheatre.org.
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