Want to be involved but don’t want to act? There’s always plenty to do backstage – see our membership page for details.

Non-members are welcome but please read the notes on this page.

Membership Commitment – as part of your membership we expect all members to support the theatre by assisting with our Front of House Operations when the theatre is open for performances by either Stewarding, working on the Bar or Coffee Bar. We term this as a “Duty” and members are expected to do ten “Duties” per membership year.

New Members will be asked to do three duties before the run of any production they are cast in. Existing members should ensure that they have fulfilled their quota of duties before auditioning or they may not be considered for a production.

All members should do a minimum of three duties within a four month period.


The 39 Steps by Patrick Barlow

Audition Dates:

Monday 18th June 7:30pm Committee Room

Thursday 21st June 7:30pm Committee Room

Call Backs (if required): Sunday 24th June 2:30pm Committee Room


Rehearsal Dates:

Rehearsals start from Monday 9th July.

Most Rehearsal will take play Sunday AM, Monday PM and Tuesday PM, however there are some exceptions (including some Wednesdays and a Thursday/Friday).

If you need a full breakdown please get in touch.

Tech Week

2nd-7th September

Performance Dates:

8th-15th September in the Ron Barber Studio



In 1915 John Buchan’s tale of treachery, spies, dastardly deeds and survival at all odds was published. In 1935 Alfred Hitchcock directed his film adaptation that moves rapidly from music hall, misty London streets, the Highlands of Scotland, and ultimately to the mysterious Thirty Nine Steps themselves via suspenseful train journeys, all manner of daring-do and a cast of thousands. In 2005 Patrick Barlow presented his rewrite using only a cast of four and a few suitcases. Ingenious, breathtakingly energetic, side-splittingly funny, it is a brilliant opening to The Crescent’s new season.



All roles require endurance, versatility and comic timing.

Richard Hannay (playing age 37)

The leading man of the play, he is daring, charming, charismatic and caught up in circumstances beyond his control.

Annabella Schmidt/Pamela/Margaret (20s-30s)

This role includes the three main female characters in the play, involving multiple accents. Annabelle is the paranoid German spy, Pamela the upper-class romantic lead and Margaret the Scottish farmer’s wife.

Clowns #1 and #2

These roles are demanding performances, jumping between characters, multiple accents and physically running around the stage. You could be a compère a one minute, then an underwear salesmen, a Scottish farmer or even a German spy impersonating an upper-class British Professor. Each clown will play between 14-16 roles each. We will be casting gender-blind for the clowns.


Audition Structure:

Please download one of the following audition pieces depending on the character you are auditioning for:

Richard Hannay (for the lead)

Annabella (for the scripted female role)

The Professor (for the Clowns)


Auditions will begin with a familiarisation and discussion of the play, where there is an opportunity for questions. We will then hear your prepared pieces. You may be asked to perform another scene in a group of 2-4 people on the day.

Please come along and have a go – we would love to involve members new and old!

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions regarding the audition process or the rehearsal/run dates.


Sallyanne Scotton Moonga (Director)


One Man Two Guvnors by Richard Bean
Based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldini


It is Brighton. 1963. Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to someone he assumes to be Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from the father of his fiancée. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, Roscoe, who has been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Holed up at The Cricketers Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with Stanley, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be reunited with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Along the way, Francis must deal with gangsters, lovers, an aspiring actor, a geriatric waiter, a slimy lawyer and a woman who is more than his match. Simple!

In prize-winning playwright Richard Bean’s new version of the classic Italian comedy The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, sex, food and money are high on the agenda. One Man, Two Guvnors opened at the National Theatre in 2011 to critical acclaim, before embarking on a successful UK tour and a rapturously-received run on Broadway.



MONDAY 2nd JULY in the REHEARSAL ROOM at 7.30pm

Call-backs (if necessary) on TUESDAY 10th JULY in the COMMITTEE ROOM at 7.30pm



Auditions will consist of a chance to meet the Director and members of the Production Team, followed by a brief familiarisation with the play itself.

You will then be asked to work with another actor or a small group of actors on extracts from the play which will be provided at the audition.

If you are wishing to be considered for the role of Francis Henshall, there will be a further solo extract to perform. Again, this will be provided to you at the audition.

This is a play which requires huge amounts of energy and creativity, so please be prepared at the audition to be asked to step outside of your comfort zone at some point!


(Please note that suggested playing ages and any other specific details are not set in stone)

Charlie ‘The Duck’ Clench (40s – 50s)
A retired gangster. Can take care of himself in a fight. Faint menace behind a shark-like grin. Not the sharpest. Pauline’s father.

Pauline Clench (20s – 30s)
Charlie’s daughter. Pretty, eyes wide with wonder. Dim-witted. Once promised to Roscoe Crabbe by her father, now engaged to Alan.

Alan Dangle (20s – 30s)
A wannabe actor and Pauline’s fiancé. Fancies himself something rotten and will turn everything into a performance. Everything. He would love to be one of the ‘angry young men’ of the period.

Harry Dangle (50s – 60s)
Charlie’s crooked solicitor and Alan’s father. Heavy set and heavily sleazy.

Stanley Stubbers (30s)
An upper-class twit, criminal and Rachel’s lover. Athletic. Roscoe’s murderer. Strides about with confidence and immaculate fashion sense.

Rachel Crabbe (20s – early 30s)
Roscoe’s identical twin sister. Spends most of the play pretending to be a man (her brother). Energetic, smart and confident. Think Rosalind in As You Like It, but with more swearing.

Francis Henshall (30s)
Supposedly “cheeky and chubby”. A scheming assistant who becomes ‘accidentally’ employed by two masters. Always hungry. Clumsy innocence with an infectious grin.

Lloyd Boateng (40s – 50s)
Charlie’s friend – an ex-con turned pub owner. Written as Jamaican with a shaved head. Cheery smile. Quick-witted. He is also the pub’s chef.

Dolly (20s – 30s)
Charlie’s secretary, bookkeeper, general dogsbody. Written as voluptuous with beehive hair. Independent, smart, flirtatious, and attracted to Francis for some reason.

Gareth (anywhere from 30 – 60)
Head waiter at The Cricketers’ Arms. “Efficient and streamlined”. Oversees operations at the pub with a flick of the wrist and a lifted eyebrow.

ALFIE (Ancient, but could be played by any age)
A waiter. Hard of hearing and almost blind. Cadaverous. Shuffles along at a snail’s pace. Ends up being hit with a cricket bat and pushed down some stairs.

There are various small roles on offer:
a passer-by, party guests, a vicar, a policeman, who might well double as musicians and singers during the course of the show.



Rehearsals will start on July 22nd and will usually take place on Sunday afternoons (2-6pm) and Tuesday and Thursday evenings (7.30-10pm).

Technical week starts on September 16th, and the show runs from September 22nd – September 29th 2018 in the Crescent Theatre Main House.

If you have any queries before the auditions, please do not hesitate to contact me at

I hope to see you at the auditions.

Mark Payne (Director, One Man Two Guvnors)