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Auditions for Dial M for Murder - A Classic 50s Thriller


Sun 2 Jul 2017, 10:30am–12:30pm

Where: Howick Little Theatre, 1 Sir Lloyd Drive, Pakuranga, Auckland

Restrictions: R16

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

A classic thriller by Frederick Knott/UK/1952.
Directed by: Alex Gleed

Ex-tennis pro-Tony Wendice wants to have his rich wife murdered so he can get his hands on her inheritance. When he discovers her affair with Max Halliday, he comes up with the perfect plan to kill her, but the carefully orchestrated set-up involving an old schoolmate goes awry. Now he must frantically scheme to outwit the police and avoid having his plot detected.

All ages are guidelines. All ethnicities welcome. The play is set in London, so a British accent is essential (except for Max, who is American).

Tony Wendice: Age 30-45
A recently retired tennis star. Husband of Sheila, who has ceased to love him in favour of Max. Tony is the living embodiment of calm, cool and collected. His lack of passion when contemplating his wife’s murder suggests he may have sociopathic tendencies. In addition to being level-headed, Tony is subtly manipulative, as well as likeable in order to misdirect individuals to suit his own purposes.

Sheila Wendice: Age 25-40
Although it is revealed early on that Sheila is having an affair with Max, she is kind, good-natured, and genuine. Beautiful and wealthy, Sheila married Tony after being swept off her feet by his tennis stardom. She is totally unaware of Tony’s intentions, especially as she feels their marriage is getting back on track.

Max Halliday: Age 25-45
Max, a writer of detective stories, is Sheila’s lover. Intelligent, kind and good to Sheila, Max is initially unaware of Tony’s manipulative intentions. However, he later plays a major role in the investigative process. American accent required.

Captain Lesgate: Age 30-50
A shady, villainous character and petty criminal, Lesgate is a former schoolmate of Tony’s. Not initially keen on Tony’s proposals, but succumbs to blackmail and the offer of big money. Possible multi-role with extra Policeman at the end of the play.

Inspector Hubbard: Age 50-65
The diligent detective who never let's go, even when it seems all is lost. Old school, professional and a little eccentric. Hubbard has a very strong presence and gives the impression that he is always in control. The classic British detective.

Perusal scripts are available from the office, 534-1401 or

Audition Pieces
Here is a list of recommended audition pieces to prepare for the audition. It is not necessary to memorise the lines, but a familiarity with the piece(s) you choose is required. Please note these pieces are a recommendation only. There will be someone at the audition to read in the other character for you.

- Tony with Lesgate from the start of Scene 2 To page 12 “I’m at your service” and from page 17 “Where’s the nearest police station?” To page 19 “Approximately where you are standing now”

- Sheila with Max from page 3 “You look very serious all of a sudden” to page 4 “No I can’t possibly tell him. Not now”

- Sheila with Hubbard from page 34 “Good morning madam” to page 39 “one look at those staring eyes”

- Max with Tony from page 48 “You mustn’t give up trying. It’s not over yet” to page 51 “It’s tomorrow morning”

- Hubbard with Tony from page 51 “Oh – Hullo inspector” to page 53 “Oh Mr Halliday”

- Sheila with Tony from page 32 “More coffee?” to page 34 “I think so”

Rehearsals and performances:
- Rehearsals will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm and Sundays at 2pm
- Readthrough Sunday, July 30
- First rehearsal Tuesday, August 1
- Performances start/finish: September 9 to 30 (16 performances)

The Director: Alex Gleed
Alex is currently Vice President of Howick Little Theatre. He has been working in theatre for almost 20 years as an actor and director, being involved in close to 50 productions during this time. Recent directing credits include Central Otago Man with Howick Little Theatre and Crave with HLT Studio. Alex works full time as an English teacher at Howick College.

For further information, Alex can be contacted on 022 187 9903 or

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