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Howick Little Theatre's auditions are open to everyone and we love to see new faces in our productions. If you're new to Auckland and looking for a theatre club to join, come and see us. If you can’t make the audition date, let us know and we will try to accommodate you on another day.


Ladies in Lavender

From Charles Dance's screenplay, adapted by Shaun McKenna

DIRECTED BY Terry Hooper

Auditions: May 1, 10am to 1pm at Howick Little Theatre, 1 Sir Lloyd Drive, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga, Auckland

Enquiries: (09) 534-1401

Email: info@hlt.org.nz

Office hours: 9.30am to 1.30pm weekdays.

You will be asked to read scenes from the play in pairs/small groups. There is no need to learn anything in advance of the audition but please familiarise yourself with the play – a reading copy is available from the theatre.


Rehearsals will start on May 29, with two weeknight rehearsals and one rehearsal  on Sunday afternoons. There will be four a week for the final couple of weeks before performance if required.

The Season: July 9 to 30     

The Play:

Based on the hit film starring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, Ladies in Lavender is an evocative and poignant tale of unfulfilled dreams and unrequited love set in picturesque Cornwall in the 1930s. Ursula and Janet Widdington find a handsome and gifted young Polish violinist washed up on the beach below their cottage after a storm. The sisters take him into their care and into their hearts and set about nursing him back to full health. However, the presence of the mysterious young man disrupts their peaceful lives, awakening feelings of longing and desire, jealousy and suspicion in the close-knit community in which they live.


Janet Widdington              - practical and, at times, rather brusque 40s/60s

Ursula Widdington             - romantic, more fanciful than her sister 40s/60s

Dorcas                               - the Widdingtons’ maid, 40s/60s (possibly speaks with a Cornish accent)

Andrea Marowski              - young Polish violinist, shy, in his early 20s (Polish accent)

Dr Mead                            - local doctor, 40s/50s   

Olga Danilof                      - young artist holidaying in Cornwall, late 20s/early 30s, confident


If you require any additional information please email the director, Terry Hooper 


Terry trained at the Rose Bruford School of Speech and Drama. He worked for six years as a professional actor in many London theatres and in Europe. He has also worked in Theatre in Education and directed for youth theatres. Terry was also a founder of The Minus One Theatre Company. He had a break from theatre for some years, but then when he came to New Zealand, he started to work again, playing Marc in the successful production of Art and Touchstone in HLT’s production of As You Like It. He acted in and directed Mammals, directed Sexy Laundry and Backstage – all at HLT. He directed the amazing Auckland premiere of Gary Henderson’s Peninsula (winner of the 2012 HLT Best Production Award). In 2013 he appeared as Polonius in Hamlet for Galatea at the Musgrove and directed Steel Magnolias for HLT. For Piece of Work Productions he acted in God of Carnage and directed Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? In 2014, he directed The Priory for Dolphin Theatre and Carl Nixon’s Two Fish ‘N’ a Scoop for HLT. In 2016, he directed and acted in Pride and Prejudice, which played at the Pumphouse and other Auckland venues.

Watch this space for details of our other 2016 auditions.