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Old Red Lion Theatre to hold open auditions for Great Expectations

Great ExpectationsThe Heritage Arts Company and Crowley & Co. are excited to announce open auditions for the lead role of Pip in their modern adaptation of Charles Dickens’ British classic, Great Expectations.

This year’s Christmas show at the Old Red Lion, this present day retelling of Great Expectations endeavours to reflect the diversity of modern day London. With that in mind, both companies have made the decision to open up the lead role of Pip to actors who may have had fewer opportunities to perform it in the past, and will be auditioning applicants on 12 October at the Old Red Lion.

Crowley & Co. and the Heritage Arts Company are holding a day of auditions for the lead role of Pip in their upcoming production of Great Expectations at the Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington, 12th Dec 2017 – 6th January 2018.

Old Red Lion TheatreWe are specifically looking to audition BAME, male 18 – 26 years old actors for this performance. Great Expectations is set in a diverse, modern London and it’s crucial that this story of social mobility has a cast reflective of its message.

Great Expectations is a funny, fast-paced and moving adaptation of the novel by Charles Dickens, catapulting Pip into the 21st century. The script, adapted by Tom Crowley (Shock Treatment, The Quentin Dentin Show) fully reimagines the classic story for the modern day, while capturing Dickens’s humour, his humanity and his sense of adventure. Great Expectations remains a story about the ageless themes of unrequited love, the divide between the rich and the poor, and what it means to be a ‘good person’.

Pip is a council estate boy with no money, and no hope for the future. His mother, widow Jo Gargery, is a police officer struggling to provide for herself and her son. Before long, Pip’s life is changed forever after he meets mysterious fugitive Magwycz, the beautiful but troubled Estella and the fearsome, wounded Miss Havisham. Pip’s whirlwind adventure takes him to the heights of big city success – and into more danger than he could have ever imagined.

Critically-acclaimed companies Crowley & Co. (Radioman, Greywing House) and The Heritage Arts Company (VAULT Festival, The Cement Garden) join forces to bring this thrilling, romantic romp to The Old Red Lion Theatre for Christmas 2017.

Audition Date: 12th October, 2017.
Location: The Old Red Lion Theatre, 418 St John St, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4NJ.

To Apply: Please email casting@heritagearts.co.uk with your/your client’s headshot and acting CV. Please keep the day of 12th October free, and state whether you’d prefer a morning or afternoon audition. We will get back to all applicants as soon as we can.


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