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Neil Simon’s LONDON SUITE at the Rose Theatre, Eastleigh, 18-19 October 2019


Auditions are held on the University of Southampton’s main Highfield campus, not far from the NST Campus theatre. Audition sheets are posted on this page. SUP holds open auditions. If cast and not already a member, society rules and our insurance mean that you must become a paid member immediately.

If you are not a member and would like to attend the play reading and auditions, please email the SUP Secretary

4m, 4f – four one-act plays

A suite of comedies set in a deluxe London hotel


PLAY READING and MEET THE DIRECTORSWednesday 15th May 7.30pm

AUDITIONSTuesday 18th and Thursday 20th June from 7pm

More details will be posted here closer to the time. Any questions? Email the SUP Secretary

Please note, people are usually auditioned in the order in which they arrive and submit their completed audition forms, with timings noted. If a large number of people turn up, you may have to wait.


This production will be overseen by CHRIS HAWLEY. An SUP member for many years, Chris is a highly experienced director and a former professional actor.

For SUP, he directed our highly successful productions of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (NST Campus) and BOUNCERS (The Stage Door) and also wrote and directed our multi-award winning BULLY BEEF AND WHIZZBANGS in 2018. An SUP committee member and the recipient of the Eileen Stannard Award 2018, he recently presented an SUP Acting Workshop. Chris runs his own professional theatre company BLACK BOX, mounting professional tours each autumn. His latest Black Box production is a staged radio version of John Buchan’s classic THE 39 STEPS.

Chris will be directing one of LONDON SUITE’s four one-act plays and overseeing production of the remaining three. Those directors will be announced at the play reading on Wednesday 15th May.


In Settling Accounts, the suite is occupied by an inebriated Welsh writer who is holding his long-time business manager, caught absconding with the writer’s money, at gunpoint.

An American widow and her daughter, in England to buy shoes, take over the suite in Going Home. At the daughter’s insistence, mother spends her last evening in London with a rich Scotsman.

Diana and Sidney brings a poignant, bittersweet note: a chapter in the lives of characters from Simon’s California Suite. Oscar-winning actress Diana and Sidney, her bisexual husband, are now divorced and seeing each other for the first time in years…

The evening ends in hilarious slapstick fashion. The guests in The Man on the Floor are a married couple from New York who have lost their tickets to Wimbledon – and are about to lose their suite to Kevin Costner who absolutely must have it now…