The Turn of the Screw- Reading and Audition Notice

Reading:                                          Sunday 4th June, 6.00 pm, Yardley Room (Hampton Hill Theatre)

Audition:                                          Sunday 11th June, 6.00 pm, Foyer/Garrick (Hampton Hill Theatre)

Performance Dates:                       Sunday 1st Oct – Saturday 7th October 2017 (Auditorium)


The Turn of the Screw is a famous novella by Henry James. It has been adapted for the cinema and stage many times, most recently by Rebecca Lenkiewicz for the Almeida Theatre in 2013.

A synopsis of the plot of the novella is online at and the 1961 film based on the novella, The Innocents, is online at


The Play and Characters

The Turn of the Screw is set in the 1870s, and there are five main parts and two non-speaking parts as follows:

Main roles:

THE GOVERNESS, hired by Mr Sackville to look after his nephew and niece at Bly, a country house, following the death of the previous governess. (Large part, playing age 30s - 40s)

MR SACKVILLE, the uncle of Miles and Flora. (Small part, playing age 40s - 50s)

MRS GROSE, the housekeeper at Bly.  She has looked after the children since Miss Jessel’s death. (Large part, playing age 40s - 70s)

MILES, a precocious boy (This role has already been cast)

FLORA, a “sweet” little girl who likes “secrets” (This role has already been cast)

We will also be casting two other adult roles largely for involvement in pre-production publicity:

·         MISS JESSEL, the governess’s predecessor (playing age 20s)

·         PETER QUINT, the children’s father’s valet (playing age 30s - 40s)


Rehearsals will take place on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings and there will be some additional rehearsals in the week before the production run.

If you want to discuss any aspect of this production with me, or to obtain the audition pieces, please contact me at

Harry Medawar, Director


NOTE:   We have an open casting policy:  anyone can audition for our productions and, if cast, will then be required to join as a Full Member. 



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