The Garden Suburb Theatre (GST) is a friendly and welcoming amateur theatre company.

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Audition Notice

She Stoops To Conquer

by Oliver Goldsmith


Performance Dates:

  • Thursday 22nd October 2015, 7:30pm
  • Friday 23rd October 2015, 7:30pm
  • Saturday 24th October 2015, 7:30pm
  • Sunday 25th October 2015, 4pm

Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate Village, London N6 4BD


St Margaret's Church Hall, Victoria Avenue N3 1BD

Audition: Sunday 14th June 2015, 7:30pm

Director: Mick Orme

Kate Hardcastle wants a real man, but her intended, Charles Marlow, doesn't seem to be up to the job. So she is forced to bob and weave, tease and deceive — until the penny begins to drop… Meanwhile, her equally frolicsome cousin, the lovely Connie Neville, is out to get her devilishly smooth and handsome beau, George Hastings.

Their merry adventures become the subject of increasing mayhem, coming largely from Kate's unpredictable and outrageous half-brother, Tony Lumpkin. Spoiled rotten by his mama, he is driven to anarchy and bedlam in his quest to rescue these lovebirds.

You'll delight in the way the women twist the men every which way! This is a brand new adaptation of Goldsmith's masterpiece, updated to the 1950s, where retro glamour is the order of the day.

Our production is intended to conjure up a mythical 1950s, a golden age that never really existed. Fashion then was dominated by Dior's outrageous 'New Look' (women wearing it were attacked in Paris streets in 1948). The ladies will get their chance to wear some fabulous frocks, whilst being smart and in control. The men, meanwhile, can have loads of fun slotting themselves into a 'pipe dream' (!). The idea is to evoke a kind of golden sunlit paradise. 
So if you would enjoy dressing up in 50s costumes, or even if you think you might, come along and audition to be a part of Kate and Constance's mating strategies. Merry mix-ups leading to chaos, racy dialogue and sly satire are the order of the day. It's a barrel of laffs from start to finish.

These are open auditions. Please read the auditions page if you have never auditioned with the GST before.


NB - Age: The age shown against certain characters is the age of that character and not the age you have to be to play the part. If you think you can play that age - have a go!

  • Kate Hardcastle(Female, Age: 18. Actor age: 20 - 40) - Daughter of Mrs and Mr Hardcastle. Viviacious, charming, bubbly and witty.
  • Constance Neville(Female, Age: 20-odd. Actor age: 20 - 40) - Sophisticated and assured, slightly older than Kate with a well-established relationship with Hastings.
  • Pimple(Female, Any age below 50) - The maid As daft as her name suggests, she identifies with Kate entirely for the short time she is on stage.
  • Mrs Hardcastle(Female, Age 45+) - A foolish woman for whom country living is a bore. Everything 'French' excites her. Dotes on her son, Lumpkin.
  • Mr Charles Marlow(Male, Playing age: 20s. Actor age: 20 - 40) - Would-be rake, snobbish, yet bashful, paralysed by his demons. He is redeemed by Kate, who stoops to conquer him.
  • Mr George Hastings(Male, Playing age: 20s. Actor's age: 20 - 40) - Distinguished old family name, confident character. In love with Constance. Playing age as for Marlow.
  • 'Squire' Tony Lumpkin(Male, Playing age: 20s. Actor's age: 20 - 40) - name rhymes with bumpkin, which he is not. Quick witted spirit of anarchy, spoilt rotten by his mother. Mischievous, energetic and unruly, yet he is the hero.
  • Mr Hardcastle (Male, Age 40 - 60) - 'John Bull' figure. Generous, open handed, affectionate, but can be pompous. Detests 'France'.
  • Sir Charles Marlow(Male, Age 40 - 60) - Aristocrat father to young Marlow.
  • Landlord/Diggory
  • Shabby Fellow1/Roger
  • Shabby fellow 2/Sir Charles
  • Extras - some (very bad!) pub singing involved
  • Shabby fellow 3/Servant
  • Shabby fellow 4/Servant

Audition Piece(s)

For more information contact:
Mick Orme

Please email Mick Orme if you want any more information. . 
We will be rehearsing two evenings in the week and on Sunday evenings. Weekday rehearsal days will be decided after the audition. Rehearsals will be held at St. Margaret's Church Hall.

Please note that, though you do not have to join the GST to audition, all actors in a GST show are required to be members.

We look forward to seeing you
Mick Orme