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Laughs amid the make-up in the HLT castroom (Photo: David Marks).

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for the hit U.K. award-winning comedy


By Graham Linehan; from the motion picture by William Rose

By special arrangement with Studiocanal

Directed by Laurie Mills

 Sunday 28 August – Howick Little Theatre

Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga

1.00pm – 5.00pm by appointment

Email the director Laurie Mills now for a pdf copy of the script and/or an audition time to suit: Laurie Mills

On application for an audition time, you will be e-mailed some designated audition pieces. We will have people to read other roles in for you. If you have specific questions, feel free to e-mail Laurie or call him on 021 791 199.

Howick Little Theatre has been bringing quality community theatre to Auckland since its formation 62 years ago. Each year, five main-house plays are staged, many of them premieres. There are also three HLT Studio productions, which foster new talent, new directors and new writing.

The Director

Laurie Mills has been involved with community theatre throughout his adult life in Auckland, much of that time as an actor and director at Howick Little Theatre. However his last work was directing the successful National Theatre production “One Man, Two Guvnors” for the Dolphin Theatre earlier this year. Laurie has also directed numerous productions for the Howick Youth & Children’s Theatre where he is a proud Patron.

Rehearsals commence Sunday 18 September

Sundays 7.00 – 9:30 pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays 7.30 – 10.00 pm

PRODUCTION DATES: 12 November – 3 December 2016

“The Ladykillers” is a madcap summer comedy caper brimming with crazy characters, based on the classic 1955 Ealing movie starring Alec Guinness. This stage adaptation rightly won rave reviews when it opened at the Gielgud Theatre in London in 2011, and after a long wait, the HLT will be the first community theatre to stage the play in New Zealand.


Set in a squint and ramshackle house in London’s King’s Cross, it’s November 1956 – sixty years ago. We follow a band of criminals led by the self-proclaimed mastermind Professor Marcus whose ‘brilliant’ plan is to rob a train coming into King’s Cross station. To execute this dastardly plot, he needs a safe house to hide himself and his gang; enter Mrs Wilberforce, a lonely and eccentric old widow who is looking to rent out her spare room. Posing as musicians, the motley crew of criminals takes up home in Mrs Wilberforce’s house and, as you can imagine, not everything goes according to the well-designed plan.


English accents required, except for Louis. Age ranges indicative.

CONSTABLE MACDONALD: (40-70) The archetype 1950’s London policeman. A patient man and the copper we all want to trust and believe in. Not so intelligent, however; he unwittingly helps out at the heist, and draws some very odd conclusions to the train of events he witnesses. He has a tolerant and touching, albeit professional, relationship with Mrs Wilberforce. The role is more than a support one with three excellent scenes at the beginning, middle and end of the play.

MRS LOUISA WILBERFORCE: (60-80) One of the finest character roles to come out of the British Ealing comedies of the early 1950’s, first created on-screen by Katie Johnson. Our first observations of Mrs Wilberforce see her as lonely and slightly eccentric; we are later witness to the quiet grit of a lavender-scented landlady. The actress needs to find this curious mix of sweetness and iron resolve, of dottiness and morality, and retain the play’s equilibrium amongst the testosterone-filled characters whirling around her.

PROFESSOR MARCUS: (40-60) Marcus strikes us at first with his smooth superciliousness. He has a creepy but not wholly dislikeable charm, and for the most part he exercises a degree of authority over the gang, given he is clearly the mastermind behind the heist. Later, we observe his descent into a sort of deluded Moriarty. A challenging role first created by Alec Guinness in the 1955 film version of the play, the actor must convince us of both Marcus’ dangerously-mad genius and his delusion.

MAJOR COURTNEY: (50-70) Poor Major – a nervous wreck of a man with a slight penchant for feminine attire (although there is no cross-dressing!) He’s been a successful con-man in the past, which merits his inclusion in the gang, but his courage escapes him in the end. The actor needs to access this confused melancholic character.

HARRY ROBINSON: (20-30) The baby of the gang. He careens through the story on a deadly cocktail of uppers and downers. He’s light-fingered, and often light-headed, the epitome of the Cockney wide-boy, the spiv. But we do have to love him.

ONE-ROUND: (20-40) The “heavy” of the gang, who may have brought strength to the enterprise were it not for his spectacular dimness. However, he is touchingly affable and endearing, as we get to see in his dealings with Mrs Wilberforce. Although the character is described as “huge” in the script, he is an ex-boxer, not a wrestler, so the actor should channel the physicality of the character, not necessarily the size. One-Round “enjoys” one of the best death scenes in recent scripted comedy.

LOUIS HARVEY: (30-50) Louis’ age is indeterminate, as is his East European origin. He’s certainly the odd one out amongst the gang, with his Romanian temperament and word-mangling never far from the surface. Later on we observe something of the psychopath in him – just enough to feel threatening but still within the confines of farcical comedy.

MRS JANE TROMLEYTON: (60-80) Mrs Wilberforce’s friend, who, along with other similarly aged and respectable ladies, is greatly entertained by what she is led to believe is a musical quartet of the most avant garde variety. This is a small but delightful cameo role in the middle of the play. The actress would be required for a minimum of one hour per performance and limited rehearsal commitment.

MRS WILBERFORCE’S GUESTS: (60-80) Joining Mrs Wilberforce and Mrs Tromleyton for the musical soiree is a bevy of similarly-aged ladies who are greatly taken with Mrs Wilberforce’s male “guests”. This will be a great opportunity for mature ladies to have some fun onstage, in delightful 50’s costumes. You will be required for approximately one hour of each performance (and a restricted amount of rehearsal.) If possible, two “teams” of 3 or 4 ladies can be used and a roster of appearances devised, thus eliminating the requirement to be present at every performance. You will not be required to audition; just indicate your interest by e-mail or phone call to the Director, with a little of your theatre background.


Watch this space for details of our auditions coming up for 2017.