All MHDS auditions are open, which means everyone is free to turn up and be considered, irrespective of previous experience.
If you are cast in a production and are not already an MHDS member, you will need to join.

Details of auditions will be posted below as they become available.

A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman

Dates and times

Sun 5th December at 3:00pm
Sun 12th December at 3:00pm
Wed 15th December at 7:30pm
Audition venue:
Theatre Lounge

This is a farcical comedy involving a fading, ageing Holywood super action hero star Jefferson Steele, who is keen to boost his flagging career by playing King Lear at Stratford-upon-Avon.  But his agent signs him up to the wrong Stratford and he ends up with the ‘Stratford Players’, an Am Dram group in Stratford St. John, a sleepy Suffolk village.  Over the ensuing days, with the help of the members of this failing group, his monstrous ego and demands get cut down to size, and he discovers a few truths about himself – along with his inner Lear!**

This play was already cast and into rehearsals when Covid 19 lockdown hit in March 2020.  Over a year later and two actors are unable to take up their  main roles again, so there is now an opportunity to audition for the characters listed below.

Mary Plunkett, 40 – 60yrs.  Owner of the Rectory B&B. Jolly, generous and an unashamedly adoring Jefferson Steele fan; although somewhat confused about which roles he played in his films, and how keen he is on her! This role requires a little singing.

Nigel Dewbury – 50-65yrs.  Solicitor and leading light of the Stratford Players.  Pompous, stuck-up and self-regarding, he believes he is the star of the show, and should play all the leading roles.  He also fancies his romantic chances with Dorothy (Director of Stratford Players).

Also a Journalist – any age with a few speaking lines, and Paparazzi – noisy Journalists, who don’t mind running round the Theatre!

For further information, or to borrow a script, please contact the Director Sue Waller  01604 740031 email: 

Auditions:  Sundays 5th & 12th December at 3pm, and Wednesday 15th December at 7.30 pm.   All in the theatre lounge.

Performance dates are April 5th-9th, including a Saturday matinee, with a Gala Charity perfomance on 4th April.

These auditions are open to anyone, but if you get involved in any capacity you will be asked to become a member of The Market Harborough Drama Society

Crown Matrimonial by Royce Ryton

Dates and times

Sun 23rd January at 6:30pm
Sun 30th January at 6:30pm
Tue 1st February at 7:30am
Audition venue:
Theatre Lounge

Crown Matrimonial is a 2 Act drama by Royce Ryton. This is the fascinating story of Edward VIII’s abdication between 1936 and later after WW2 in 1945. An engrossing and moving study of a major constitutional crisis and an overwhelming issue of private and public conflict.

Play dates 24-28 May 2022

List of characters

MABELL, Countess of Airlie – Life long friend & Lady in Waiting to the Queen, aged 70

QUEEN MARY – Mother of Edward VIII and George VI, aged 69

THE HON. MARGARET WYNDHAM – Another Lady in Waiting and devoted to the Queen but not on the same intimate terms as Lady Airlie, aged 57

QUEEN’S PAGE (John) – Any age between 30 and 50

KING EDWARD VIII (David), later Duke of Windsor, aged 42

THE PRINCESS ROYAL (Mary), Sister of Edward VIII, aged 39

THE DUCHESS OF GLOUCESTER (Alice), sister in law of Edward VIII, aged 34

WALTER MONCKTON, K.C., legal adviser & friend of Edward VIII, later Sir Walter Monckton, aged about 40

DUKE OF YORK (Bertie), younger brother and heir to Edward VIII, later George VI, aged 41

DUCHESS OF YORK (Elizabeth), sister in law to Edward VIII, aged 36

Please contact Maggie Kirk 01858 433578, mobile: 07968 168066, email: for more information or to borrow a script prior to auditions. If you would like to audition but cannot make the above dates please ring me.

These auditions are open to anyone, but if you get involved in any capacity you will be asked to become a member of The Market Harborough Drama Society

Ladies Day by Amanda Whittington

Dates and times

Tue 22nd March at 7:30pm
Sun 27th March at 2:30pm
Audition venue:
Theatre Lounge

This comedy features four characterful women, who are good friends, and all work in a fish factory in Hull. They decide to go on a trip to the Royal Ascot race meeting relocated to York . Dressed up to the nines, they are ready for a drink, a flirt and a flutter. However, their friendships are tested as secrets are spilled along with the champagne.

Performance dates 5th – 9th July

The Fish Packers are:

Pearl – Mid Fifties

Jan – Mid forties

Shelley – Mid twenties

Linda – Mid twenties

All the male parts can either be played by one actor or be split between a number of actors:

Joe, the women’s Supervisor at the factory

Fred, a Ticket Tout

Jim McCormack, a TV Pundit

Patrick, an Irish Jockey

Kevin, a Gambler

Barry, a Bookie

Director: Christine Faulconbridge. If you would like to borrow a script before the auditions please contact Christine on 07940 035045 or email

These auditions are open to anyone, but if you get involved in any capacity you will be asked to become a member of The Market Harborough Drama Society