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The Secret of Chimneys

by Agatha Christie

Directed by Molly Haddon

Australian Premiere

Season: 6th March - 24th April 2021
Preview night 5th March
Friday and Saturday nights at 7.30pm
Sunday matinée at 4.30pm

NO SHOWS EASTER LONG WEEKEND (2nd to 4th April) Show resumes Friday 9th of April

Auditions: Wednesday 9th, Saturday 12th, Sunday 13th December
Call Backs: Tuesday 15th December

Please note that this is an unpaid production.

Audition Information

Auditions will be held on Wednesday 9th of December (4-9pm), Saturday 12th of December (10am – 5pm) and Sunday 13th of December (10am - 2.30pm) at the Genesian Theatre, 420 Kent Street, Sydney. Call backs will be held the following Tuesday evening, 15th of December, and a first read for the successful cast should be held on Saturday 19th of December. Rehearsals will commence after Christmas/New Year on Sunday the 10th of January.

Actors are asked to prepare a two minute monologue of their choosing for the audition and will be given a scene to perform one the day. Please arrive 15mins prior to your audition time to familiarise yourself with this scene.

Please email Molly Haddon at chimneys@genesiantheatre.com.au to book an audition time. If you have not had a response within 48 hours check your junk inbox. Please attach a headshot/photo, and a CV/brief description of your experience, as well as listing the character/s you are interested in auditioning for and your preferred time/s to audition. All attempts will be made to ensure you receive your preferred time, however there may be some unavoidable changes.

Essential Information

All characters will require an English accent unless stated otherwise in their character description.

There is a break in the run over the Easter long weekend and will resume on the 9th of April.

Rehearsal Information

Rehearsals will be held in Marrickville predominantly, with some being held at the Genesian theatre. Both rehearsal venues are easily accessible by train and/or bus.

Rehearsals will be held three times a week - Monday evenings 6:30pm-9:30pm, Wednesday evenings 6:30pm-9:30pm and Sundays 11am-4:30pm with rehearsals commencing on the 10th of January. Not all cast will be required at every rehearsal. All cast must be available for tech and dress weeks from 20th of February to 6th of March, weekend days and week nights.

Please flag in advance if you have any clashes on rehearsal, tech, or dress days.

All cast must be available for all performances - Friday/Saturday/Sunday evenings from 5th of March to the 24th April. It is a long run, which gives the cast a great amount of time to get comfortable and play to full houses.


Female or Male | 40s-70s

The housekeeper/butler of the grand Chimneys estate.

Monsieur Lemoine
Male | 30s-40s

The mysterious French detective, on the hunt for a renowned jewel thief. French accent required for this role.

Lord/Lady Caterham
Female or Male | 50s-70s

Owner of the grand Chimneys estate and father of Bundle. A good humoured fellow with little interest in the politics that surrounds him.

Lady Eileen Brent (Bundle)
Female | 20s

Caterham's young daughter, who has a good sense of humour and loves a bit of mischief.

George Lomax
Male | 30s-40s

Works in British government foreign office. Uptight and traditional, visiting Chimneys to make certain an international trade deal goes ahead.

Bill/Billie Eversleigh
Female or Male | 20s-30s

Works for George Lomax and an old friend of Anthony Cade.

Anthony Cade
Male | 20s-30s

British-educated adventurer, 14 years since he was last in England. Romantic male lead.

Virginia Revel
Female | 20s-30s

Lomax's cousin and friend of Bundle visiting Chimneys. Romantic female lead.

The Stranger | Boris Andrassy | Monsieur X
Male | 20s-30s

These are three very important roles, however the characters never appear onstage at the same time so they will be combined. This will require a talented performer, who can portray a Prince, his loyal dogsbody and French detective. Eastern European and French accents are required for these roles.

Superintendent Battle
Male | 40s-60s

The brilliant Scotland Yard detective who arrives at Chimneys to solve the case.

Herman Banks
Male | 40s-60s

Financier of a British oil syndicate.

An amateur production by arrangement with ORiGiNTM Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French Ltd