Casting FAQs

  1. Do you hold general auditions?
  2. Do you accept unsolicited CVs?
  3. Do you keep CVs on file?
  4. How long are the runs of plays?
  5. How does the Summer Season performance schedule work?
  6. What size are your acting companies?

When do you cast?

Generally we cast between in the winter (November – February) for the Easter production and Summer Season and in summer for the Christmas production.
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Do you hold general auditions?

At present we concentrate on auditions for particular productions or seasons, so we don't hold general auditions.
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Do you accept unsolicited CVs?

No. As we are looking for actors for particular roles or 'through lines' of parts, we prefer actors and agents to respond to a particular casting breakdown, rather than sending in general CVs. Casting breakdowns are available to agents via the Spotlight Link.
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Do you keep CVs on file?

We do keep a database list for actors with whom we've worked, or whose work we know well or which interests us. As we receive a huge number of submissions for each audition process, it is impossible for us to hold onto every one and we can't retain unsolicited CVs on file.

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How long are the runs of plays?

In general, the Christmas production runs for six and a half weeks and the Easter production for three and a half weeks. Together with the rehearsal period this means that actors' contracts run for about 11 and eight weeks respectively. We also run small-scale Studio plays at Easter, which usually undertake a rural tour to village halls and other performance venues across the region.

The Summer Season runs for six months, from late May to early November. Rehearsals for each play are for three or four weeks and plays open in succession and then run through to the end of the Season. Most actors in the Summer Season appear in more than one play and for the 2017 Season there will be two companies of actors working concurrently. Company configurations differ depending on programming.

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How does the Summer Season performance schedule work?

Theatre by the Lake's Summer Season plays in repertoire which means that, once all the plays are up and running, a visitor to Keswick can see all the different productions in a week (there are either five or six plays in the Summer Season; always three in the Main House).

The plays rehearse in individual blocks and join the repertoire as they are ready; actors will open one production and then rehearse for another over a further block of time before opening it.

Plays run in the building every evening from Monday to Saturday and in scheduled matinees two or three times each week.

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What size are your acting companies?

The size of the Christmas and Easter companies depends upon the script we are producing that year, but usually average between six and nine people. There are usually around 10-14 actors across our full Summer Season company.

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