Updated: 23 April 2015
The dates of the next open auditions are yet to be decided. Details
will be posted here as soon as they are available.
Loft Theatre Company productions are cast by means of auditions
open to all active members plus non-members (provided they agree to
join as members before commencement of rehearsal, if cast).
Directors are free to contact whomsoever they wish in advance of an
audition to invite them to read alongside others for a specific role,
but any pre-casting must be done openly and must be approved by the
Artistic Management in advance.
All casting considerations will be discussed between directors and
members of the Artistic Management. Casting decisions will be
notified to all those who attended the audition(s), and cast lists
will be posted on the website.
by Anton Chekhov
Director: David Fletcher
Production dates: 24–31 October 2015 (main house)
Initial auditions have taken place for this production and the casting
process is ongoing. Here is a reminder of the essential details
including a character breakdown.
This is one of the greatest plays in world drama and it has not been
performed at the Loft for almost 40 years. The extraordinary impact
of this profound play rests on the depth and richness of
Chekhov’s characters, including some of the most rewarding and
challenging roles for younger women.
Director David Fletcher will be adapting the English text of the play
from the free translation available
The main rehearsal period will be the usual length and will begin in
early September. However, as the great Chekhov plays need longer
preparation, there will be individual and group sessions over the
summer which will focus on the text and the characters. These sessions
can be scheduled around the cast’s availabilities.
Vershinin – the battery commander, newly arrived in
town; ‘the lovesick Major’; mid 40s
Chebutykin – an army doctor in his 60s; ‘a
lonely, insignificant old man’
Ferapont – an ‘old’ porter
Anfisa – the nurse, an old woman in her 80s.
All the other characters are probably aged between 20 and 35. For
example, we know Irina is 20 in Act One and that Olga and the Baron
are in their early thirties in Act Three, three years later. There is
room for flexibility on the ages, but it is unlikely that any of these
roles could credibly be played by anyone over 40 (unless you have a
portrait in the attic!).
Olga, Masha and Irina – the Three Sisters
Andrey – their brother; ‘Where is my past life,
oh what has become of it?’
Natasha – his fiancée, afterwards his wife;
Kulygin – high-school teacher, husband of Masha;
‘the kindest of men, but hardly the wisest’
Baron Tuzenbakh – ‘not all that good-looking,
but a fine, decent man’
Solyony – a captain; ‘an odd specimen’
Fedotik and Rode – two young officers.
For further information, please contact the director, David Fletcher,
on 07974 108883 or