The Turn of the Screw- Reading and Audition Notice

Child/Young Actor Auditions:      Sunday 12th March, 11.30 am, Foyer (Hampton Hill Theatre)

                                                          (please see below for the Audition Form to be completed by a


Reading:                                          Sunday 4th June, 6.00 pm, Foyer (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, can be found 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:

* MR SACKVILLE, the uncle of Miles and Flora who appears in one scene only, with the governess, at the beginning of the play.

* THE GOVERNESS, hired by Mr Sackville to look after his nephew and niece following the death of the previous governess, Miss Jessel.

* MRS GROSE, who has looked after the children since Miss Jessel’s death.


* MILES, a precocious boy, who sometimes speaks in a grown-up way and uses words and phrases that an older person would use, calling the Governess “old girl” at one point and so on. He appears angelic and is generally very well-behaved, but he has recently been sent home from his boarding school, from which he was expelled for reasons that are unclear. He was very fond of Peter Quint and loves Flora and Mrs Grose. Miles is genuine and charming but he can sometimes be dishonest. At one point he calls the Governess a bitch and a whore; at another point he kisses her – a long kiss but a simple pressing of lips – and at the end of the play he expires in her arms, the cause of death being unclear.

Miles has around 350 lines in the play. Playing age is 12-14 and if we cast in this age range we will require 2 actors to share the role for the week of the run (7 performances). However, we are also very interested in seeing young adult actors who can pass as teenagers and will be able to appear in all performances.


* FLORA, a “sweet” little girl who likes “secrets”; she is an honest, compassionate and curious child who likes jokes and can be a little “ghoulish” sometimes. Flora was very fond of Miss Jessel and loves Miles and Mrs Grose. Flora does not call anyone names nor is she on stage when Miles insults the Governess.

Flora has around 250 lines in the play, and we are seeking 2 girls to share the role for the week of the run (7 performances). Flora’s playing age is 9-10 and we will be happy to consider girls of this age or older who can pass for the specified age range.


Nonspeaking roles; Both of the following characters are dead at the outset of the play but appear as ghosts to the governess.

* PETER QUINT, the children’s father’s valet

* MISS JESSEL, the governess’s predecessor.


Rehearsals will take place on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings and there will be some additional rehearsals in the week before the production run.  The precise times of rehearsals will be agreed with parents / guardians.  For all child actors, at least one parent/guardian will be expected to attend each rehearsal (please see below for the Audition Form which must be completed by a parent/guardian).

If you want to discuss any aspect of this production with me, please do not hesitate to contact me on


Harry Medawar



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