Auditions for Out of Order by Ray Cooney


 Out of Order by Ray Cooney

Directed by Michael McGarty

Synopsis: 1990 British farce. The play features a lead actor Richard Willey (in this case a junior UK minister) in the Westminster hotel, who has to lie his way out of an embarrassing situation ‐‐ a planned adultery with a secretary with the help of an innocent side‐kick George Pigden (in this case the minister’s personal private secretary). A far worse problem arises – in the shape of a dead body stuck in the window of their suite. As Richard shouldn’t be with the young lady in the first place he can’t report the body to either the hotel management or the police so he manages to get George get more and more embroiled in the increasingly tangled tale that he improvises as events unfold. Richard’s wife, a wily waiter, a suspicious hotel manager and George’s mother’s nurse add to the mayhem when a private detective shows up on the scene. OUT OF ORDER won London’s Lawrence Olivier Award for “Comedy of the Year” and went on to be another world‐wide hit.

Audition Information

WHEN: Monday/Tuesday July 10th & 11th starting at 7 pm. Cold readings from the script. Appointments are not required but please forward a resume and headshot to Michael McGarty to express your intent to attend. Michael will then forward you the sides for the audition. In the subject line please type Out of Order Audition. Callbacks, by invitation. If you cannot make the audition dates, email Michael  ( to make alternative arrangements.

WHERE: MMAS Black Box Theater 377 North Main St Mansfield, MA

PERFORMANCE DATES: Friday, Sept 8th – Sunday, September 24th 2018;

Curtain: Thurs, Fri, Sat at 8pm; Sun at 2pm at

MMAS Black Box Theater, 377 North Main St , Mansfield, MA 02048


Rehearsal schedule: flexible and based on cast availability.

Character Breakdown: 

The Westminster Hotel Manager – A very accommodating but suspicious and no nonsense manager of the first rate London hotel. Could be a woman or a man.

Richard Willey MP – A suave and successful Junior Minister in the Conservative British government.

The Waiter – A nimble and wily old hotel worker. Great with dry humor

The Chamber Maid – An older Italian woman

Jane Worthington – An attractive younger ditzy young woman

Private eye – A nondescript middle-aged man. Good with a lot of physical comedy This is NOT a minor role

George Pigden – An upright pleasant man of nervous disposition. Assistant to MP Richard Willey

Ronnie Worthington – Very jealous boxer husband of Jane Worthington.

Pamela Willey – Attractive sophisticated wife of Richard Willey Gladys Foster – A bossy nurse 40 – 60 years old

Gladys Foster – A bossy nurse 40 – 60 years old