Apr 25, 2019

Casting: Dad's Army


Don't Panic! Plenty of parts to go round,

Category: Audition Notices
Posted by: Brian

 Dad's Army.

Director:  Jason Christopher.

Show: 7th to 14th September.

Reading: 10th June, 7:30pm

Casting: 17th June, 7:30pm

DAD’S ARMY - Character Synopsis Time 1940 Main Cast
CAPTAIN (George) MAINWARING
(Appears in all three Acts) (Originally played by Arthur Lowe)

SERGEANT (Arthur) WILSON
(Appears in all three Acts) (Originally played by John Le Mesurier)

LANCE CORPORAL (Jack) JONES
(Originally played by Clive Dunn) (Appears in all three Acts)

PRIVATE (James) FRAZER
(Appears in all three Acts) (Originally Played by John Laurie)

PRIVATE (Joe) WALKER
(Appears in Acts 1 and 2 only) (Originally played by James Beck)
(Typical Cockney Spiv)

PRIVATE (Charles) GODFREY
(Appears in all three Acts) (Originally played by Arnold Ridley)

PRIVATE (Frank) PIKE
(Appears in all three Acts) (Originally played by Ian Lavender)

There are plenty of online clips and references online as to these
characters. Some of which have ‘legendary’ idiosyncrasies and mannerisms,
sayings etc. that any paying audience will expect to see…
Supporting Cast:
GERMAN U-BOAT CAPTAIN (Kapitan Muller)

(Act 1 - The Deadly Attachment Only) (Originally played by Philip Madoc)
CHIEF ARP WARDEN, (William) HODGES
(Originally Played by Bill Pertwee)

MR (Maurice) YEATMAN - THE VERGER
(Originally played by Edward Sinclair)

COLONEL (Robert) PRITCHARD
(Originally played by Robert Raglan)
(Appears in Act 1 only, but can be used as Serviceman/Passenger in Act 2, or
could double-up as Mr Gordon depending on look)

PLATOON (Privates Sponge, Hancock, Desmond, Day)
On and off stage throughout. Used to ‘fill’ scenes. Private Hancock has a
couple of lines in Act 3. How many platoon cast will depend on casting and
uniform availability)

GERMAN U-BOAT SAILORS (x7)
(Act 1 - The Deadly Attachment Only)
Between 3 and 7 Sailors. All interact with the U Boat captain in German…
Can double up as ‘extras’ in later scenes

MRS FIONA GRAY
(Originally played by Carmen Silvera)
A good looking, middle-aged woman with great charm, very neatly dressed.
Substantial Part in Mum’s Army, can double-up in The Godiva Affair also

EDITH PARISH
(Originally played by Wendy Richard)
A blonde, forthcoming cockney, Private Walker’s ‘girlfriend’.

MRS MAVIS PIKE
(Originally played by Janet Davies)
Private Pike’s Mum. Clearly in a ‘special relationship’ with Sergeant Wilson….

MRS MARCIA FOX
(Originally played by Pamela Cundell)
(Acts 2 and 3 Mum’s Army and The Godiva Affair only. Substantial Role in
The Godiva Affair)
MISS IRONSIDE
(Originally played by Julia Burbury)
Very tall, long legs! “Big thighs” According to Frazer! (Can also double up to appear in
The Godiva Affair)

IVY SAMWAYS
(Originally played by Rosemary Faith)
A very quiet, retiring girl. Liked by Private Pike. Not many lines - all whispered…
(Can also double up to appear in The Godiva Affair, possibly with additional lines)

WAITRESS
Young waitress in the tea shop in Act 2 - Mum’s Army. A few short lines
Can be the same Waitress used in Act 3 - The Godiva Affair

GIRL/BUFFET ATTENDANT
Station Waiting Room. One line.
(Can also double up to appear in The Godiva Affair)

SERVICEMAN
Couple of Lines in the Waiting Room. Could be doubled up from Platoon or German U
Boat en-semble…

MRS PROSSER
(Originally played by Eleanor Smale)
A friend and customer of Corporal Jones. Minor Non-speaking part

PORTER
Porter’s Voice off stage. Can be a recorded sound effect

SERVICEMEN
Waiting for train with kitbags. Can be doubled up from platoon and/or German U boat
Crew

SERVICE GIRLS
Can be doubled up.

CUSTOMERS
Any number of the supporting cast
PRIVATE (Taffy) CHEESEMAN
(Originally played by Talfryn Thomas)
(Act 3 - Godiva Affair Only) Welsh Accent.

PRIVATE (Colin) SPONGE & PRIVATE (George) HANCOCK
Minor Supporting roles. Can double up as and when necessary.

PRIVATE DAY
(Act 3 - Godiva Affair Only)
Ideally able to get a couple of notes from a concertina or accordion. Does not have to
be an ac-complished player. Could cut this part, and give accordion duties to Private
Hancock or even Pri-vate Cheeseman if casting an issue, and uniform availability may
play a part in deciding also…

VICAR (Rev Timothy Farthing)
(Originally played by Frank Williams)
(Act 3 - Godiva Affair Only)
(Depending on casting, The Verger’s lines could all be played by The Vicar at no
detriment to the show, but an ideal part for someone wanting a minimal speaking part)

MR (Claude) GORDON - THE TOWN CLERK
(Originally played by Eric Longworth)
(Act 3 - Godiva Affair Only)
Ideally, Actor should have a passing resemblance to the actor portraying Captain
Mainwaring.

GIRLS IN PERIOD SWIMMING COSTUMES (x4)
(Act 3 - Godiva Affair Only)
In the play, Auditioning to be ‘Lady Godiva’ - ideally in period looking swimming
costumes, or short dressing gowns. Can be doubled up from other parts from Mum’s
Army potentially.