“He loved you, you know. He said you were the only one”

At Guy’s London flat, old friends and new gather to party through the night. This is the summer of 1985, and for Guy and his circle the world is about to change forever.

The story follows these men over several years, through the ups-and-downs of their lives and relationships, and the chain of deception set off by the promiscuous and dangerously attractive Reg.

Funny and bittersweet, this award-winning modern classic captures the fragility of happiness and of life itself. A compassionate and honest portrayal of friendship, longing and betrayal, it is full of truth, deeply moving, and brimming with laughs.

Winner: 1994 Evening Standard Award for Best New Comedy
Winner: 1995 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy
Winner: 2015 Olivier Award for Best Revival

“A play of genius… sublimely moving, genuinely funny and exquisitely observed” – Daily Mail

Director Alice Livingstone
Set Designer Tom Bannerman
Lighting Designer Mehran Mortezaei
Sound Designer Michael Huxley
Vision Designer Christina Hatzi
Assistant Director Peter Flett
Production/Stage Manager Jo Jewitt
Design Assistant Samantha Chebatte

5 February – 9 March 2019

Rehearsals will be organised to suit everyone’s schedules once the production is cast, but are likely to be weekday mornings and/or evenings, and Sundays. They will commence in early December, with a break over Christmas and New Year, and recommence on Sunday 6 January.

First round: Sunday 11 November 10am – 4pm
Callbacks: Sunday 18 November tba

Guy – mid 30s, in advertising but doesn’t fit the cliché, slightly fuddy-duddy and old-fashioned, heart of gold, sensitive, has had a secret crush on John since their uni days. RP accent

John – mid 30s, a man of ‘independent means’ so doesn’t need to work, handsome, athletic, confident, charming, with the ability to deceive as required. Some nudity required with this role. RP accent

Eric – 18, a sweet kid from a provincial, working-class background, newly arrived in London with ambitions to be a policeman, works in the local gay bar, and is doing some handyman tasks for Guy. Some nudity required for this role. Birmingham accent

Daniel – mid 30s, Reg’s partner, flamboyant and gregarious, very witty, an art historian who often travels abroad, uni friend of Guy and John, blissfully unaware of Reg’s prodigious ability to share it around. RP accent

Benny – late 30s, a bus driver, very brusque, a sexual opportunist, has been in a long-term relationship with Bernie, a regular at the local gay bar. Any UK working-class accent

Bernie – mid 40s, a home-body, very house proud, quite reserved but full of surprises, long-term partner of Benny, also a regular at the local gay bar. Any UK working-class accent

It is essential that you read the script before submitting an Expression of Interest
To request a perusal copy of the script, please contact
To book an audition, email your EOI to with AUDITION in the subject line
Please include:
• an up-to-date headshot and cv
• state if you are currently a New Theatre member

Please prepare a 2-minute contemporary monologue, demonstrating your ability with comedy, using the accent specified for the character in which you are interested. You may also be asked to do a cold-read from the play.

New Theatre is a volunteer-based organisation and there is no payment for this production.

Alice Livingstone is a graduate of The Drama Studio and holds an MA in Theatre Studies from UNSW. Alice co-founded independent production company Focus Theatre, for which she was associate producer/director on Out in the Open (Darlinghurst Theatre), Handbag (Seymour Centre), Blowing Whistles (Downstairs Belvoir, Darlinghurst Theatre and Feast Festival, Adelaide), Bison (Downstairs Belvoir and Feast Festival), Natural Born Hooker (Downstairs Belvoir), and Bent (B Sharp/Downstairs Belvoir). Directing credits for New Theatre include The Elements of an Offence, The HIV Monologues, The Little Dog Laughed, The Heidi Chronicles, The Real Thing, Privates on Parade, Top Girls, The Weir, A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Gagarin Way, Mother Clap’s Molly House, In Angel Gear and Once in a While the Odd Thing Happens.