East Lane Theatre, Vale Farm, Watford Road, Sudbury, Middlesex, HA0 3HG


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General Notes on Auditioning for East Lane Theatre Club

East Lane is an amateur club. No payments are made for performing.

If this is your first time at East Lane, please also bring with you details of your past experience, a photo with your Full name, address, phone number and email so we can contact you later.

Auditions are as friendly and informal as possible, you will be asked to read from the provided

audition pieces, either singly or in groups, as well as moving around our stage.

There is no need to learn the pieces provided, and we do not ask for any learnt pieces to be performed.

We do ask that if cast you can make all the rehearsal & performance dates, although it is sometimes possible to accommodate pre arranged holidays. Please bring with you dates you cannot make.

To perform in a production you must be a Full paid up Member, and pay the casting fee £20 on the first rehearsal (which covers your script, tea & coffee etc)

We usually rehearse for 9 weeks, Monday  &  Thursday from 19.30 to 22.00

Productions weeks are:

Mon: Tech

Tuesday: Dress

Thur-Sat production

Thur-Sat Production

Sunday Matinee


Sunday   5th August @19.00 Reading

Friday   10th August @19.00 Audition

Sunday 19th August @19.00 Audition

All at East Lane Theatre, HA0 3HG


Dr. Prentice, a psychiatric doctor in an exclusive private clinic, is attempting to interview (and seduce) an attractive would-be secretary, Geraldine. Unwittingly surprised by his wife, he hides the girl. The affairs multiply as Mrs. Prentice, being seduced and blackmailed by young bellhop Nicholas Beckett, has promised him the secretarial post. When a government inspector arrives, chaos, underpants, and cross-dressing lead the charge. The final tableau reveals “the missing parts of Winston Churchill” held aloft as the curtain falls.

'What The Butler saw' is farce taken to an extreme that not only satirises almost every element of society, but also the genre itself. Given that approach, Orton inevitably sailed close to the wind in terms of taste, but nevertheless concocted a play which is still raucously funny in places and, unlike many shows, gets better as it reaches its predictably ridiculous conclusion.

CHARACTERS and suggested playing ages:

Dr Prentice: Male 40-60

Charming, sophisticated, and somewhat aloof.

Dr Rance: Male 50-70

Domineering, with a position of official power.

Mrs Prentice: Female 40-60

Missing attention from her Husband, she is seeking solace elsewhere

Geraldine: Female 20-35

Applying for a secretarial post, naive with no idea of her parentage.

Nicholas:Male 20-35

Belhop at the local hotel. He is worldly wise beyond his age and a bit of a ‘jack the lad’ (needs to swap clothes with Geraldine)

Sergeant Match: Male 30-50

The local policeman. Solid and staid. (Some physical comedy required)


Except for the two Doctors all the remaining cast are required to appear in their underwear at times.

Rehearsals will start Mon 10th September.

For more details or questions please contact:


Daniel Popkin

07802 775036