The Real Inspector Hound/The Open Couple Auditions

Thanks to all those who came to the auditions for our Autumn 2014 production last week – however, we are still short of a few suitable actors..particularly men…so…if you were being all coy and holding back, or if you know anyone outside the RTC mailing list who might be interested in showing off their fine comic acting – then there is ANOTHER chance to audition..!

Please forward this on to anyone who might be interested – this is going to be an excellent show to be involved with, but with two one act shows we need a large cast – so please get involved!!

Final auditions: 

7.30pm Thursday 8th May at the Bath Drama Hut, Vane Street.


6.30pm Friday 9th May, again at the Bath Drama Hut.

John’s last production for RTC had fabulous reviews, described in the Chronicle as: “one of The Rondo’s top plays of 2011”.  So don’t miss out on the chance to work with a very talented director!!

Production Details:

Tom Stoppard’s very funny ‘The Real Inspector Hound‘ and Dario Fo’s equally farcical, ‘The Open Couple‘ – both to be directed by John Reid.

Audition Location: Bath Drama Hut, Vane Street, Bath (directions:

The performance dates will be the 2629 November 2014 at the Rondo Theatre, Bath

No preparation is required for the audition, but it might help to familiarise yourself with the plays and the parts on offer (see below).  Both plays are being auditioned at the same time.

If you have any questions regarding the audition/plays/anything, please email the director, John Reid, directly at:

You can read about the Open Couple here:


The Real Inspector Hound here:

Parts available (Hound):


Moon – a second-string theatre critic, called to the production to review it in the absence of Higgs, another critic. Moon’s jealousy of Higgs’ superior reputation seems to make him question his own purpose, with Moon’s ultimate thoughts being of Higgs’ death.

Birdboot – a theatre critic and a womaniser, who catapults young actresses to stardom by delivering dazzling reviews in return, we assume, for sexual favours. While married to Myrtle, he is having an affair with the actress who plays Felicity in the play within the play.

Higgs – the senior critic, Moon is his stand-in.

Puckeridge – the third-string theatre critic, or Moon’s stand-in. In early versions of the play, this character was called “McCafferty”.

 Play-within-a-play characters

Mrs Drudge – The maid, or char, of Muldoon Manor. One of Stoppard’s primary vehicles for emphasising the satirical character of the story. Her cockney accent adds to the humour of Stoppard’s play.

Simon Gascoyne – New to the neighbourhood, Simon has had affairs with both Felicity and Cynthia. He takes an instant dislike to Magnus, as they are both in love with Cynthia. Later in the play, Birdboot assumes the role of Simon Gascoyne.

Felicity Cunningham – A beautiful, innocent, young friend of Cynthia’s who has had an affair with Simon and Birdboot. She is seemingly sweet and charming, but soon seeks ruthless revenge.

Cynthia Muldoon – Apparent widow of Lord Albert Muldoon who disappeared ten years ago. She claims to be very upset about her husband’s disappearance, but the audience is led to think otherwise. Sophisticated and beautiful. She has had an affair with Simon.

Major Magnus Muldoon – Lord Albert Muldoon’s crippled half-brother who just arrived from Canada. Has a desire for his late brother’s widow, Cynthia. Takes an instant dislike to Simon, as they are both in love with Cynthia.

Inspector Hound – Appears from outside the house in the middle of the play to investigate an alleged phone call. Moon assumes this role near the end of the play.

Open Couple

Dario Fo (Husband)

Franca Rame (Wife)

It should be a fabulous production to be involved with…so we’ll see you at the auditions!