Casting Call: The Palace of Varieties (Research and Development Workshop)


Derby Theatre are looking for 3 versatile actors to take part in a week long Research & Development period for a new work by Kevin Fegan, Palace of Varieties.

Directed by Sarah Brigham, the play is inspired by the life of Bolsover (Derbyshire) MP, Dennis Skinner, and the social and political history over the 49 years he’s served as an MP.

The R&D week will be an exploratory week and lead to an informal sharing of the script at the end of the week. 
The actors will play other roles as required and we are looking for actors who enjoy working with new writing and exploring new material.

If the play is taken to production actors involved in the R&D will be invited to audition but being part of phase 1 does not guarantee a role in the final production.

Production Details

Production dates: Monday 20 - Saturday 25 January 2020

Production location: Derby Theatre

Closing date: 29/11/2019

Director: Sarah Brigham

Pay: Equity Minimum 

Casting Details 

Dennis Skinner (Male)

To play Dennis as his younger self and current age, 87

Playing age 40 - 50

Margaret Thatcher/Dennis’ Mother (Female)

To play Dennis’ young Mother and Margaret Thatcher during the 1980’s

Playing age 40 - 60

Tony Benn/Dennis' Father (Male)

To play Dennis’ young Father and former MP Tony Benn during the 1980’s

Playing age 40 - 60

How to Apply

To apply, please send in your CV and headshot or Spotlight link to Stuart Allen, Senior Producer at by Friday 29 November. We positively encourage people with disabilities or from minority ethnic background.

Image from Derby Theatre's production of Brassed Off (2015) credit: Robert Day