SEASON FOUR, 2018
PASS THE BUTLER
by Eric Idle
Directed by Gaetano Santo
8 to 24 Nov 2018
Evenings at 8pm, Matinees at 2.15pm
A full length British comedy.
Although it’s considered a solo effort, “Pass the Butler” by Eric Idle (of Monty Python fame), was written in 1981 much in the chaotic spirit of Monty Python. It is best described as a political drawing room satire of the English upper crust that turns into a murder mystery as well as a soap opera parody. Idle uses the opportunity to take pot shots at Americans, the British government, and the class system while moralising on euthanasia.
A year after suffering a heart attack during a vigorous debate in the House, the family of comatose Sir Robert Charles, Minister of Defence and Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party, are faced with the agonising decision of switching off his life support system. The day for the deed arrives but so do some visitors who may not be all they appear to be.
CHARACTERS (6 males, 3 females)
Upper and common class English accents are required.
HUGO, 30-50: Son of Sir Charles. Aristocratic figure who thinks he is eccentric but is also possibly paranoid and mad.
ANNABELLE, 30-50: Daughter of Sir Charles. Twin sister of hugo. Cold and mean-spirited on the outside but hot blooded otherwise.
NIGEL, 20-40: Their younger brother. Sarcastic haughty, snobby and fussy.
KITTY, 50-70: The nanny. Sprightly and quick witted nanny.
BUTLER, 30-50: The butler. Devoted to Charles but disdainful of the others.
LADY CHARLES, 50-70: The mother. Colourful, down to earth character who is efficient and strong willed.
HARRIS, 20s-50s: A reporter. Common ,simple and a little sly.
RONNIE, 50-70: Sir Charles’ best friend and Tory MP. Befuddled and self-interested upper class twat (stupid and obnoxious).
SLATER, 20s to 50s: An inspector. Typical lowly inspector who is not on top of things.
Auditions by appointment only
Sunday 26 August at BTC theatre from 6pm
Monday 27 August BTC theatre from 7pm
You will only be granted a 15 minute audition slot AFTER you have read a copy of the play which the director will forward to you once you have emailed an expression of interest.
Auditions will involve a character reading of specific sections of the play in for each character. Due to the limitation of time and in particular with the various male characters please limit your preferred audition roles to just 2 characters.
For enquiries and to book an audition time please contact the Director, Gaetano Santo by email on
Information for prospective auditionees:
It is highly desirable that anyone wishing to audition should know the play well enough to be able to describe the “story”.
Rehearsals will be 7.30–10pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and 6pm–9pm Sundays. Actors need to be able to commit unconditionally not only for an entire performance season but also for all scheduled rehearsals at which their attendance is required.