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From the critically-acclaimed quill of poet-playwright, Ryan J-W Smith, Hollywood Fringe International Award Winner of 2015 & 2016, comes a new, original verse comedy exploring the tragicomic history of the famous English actress/courtesan, Nell Gwynne, who became a famed mistress of the scandalous British monarch, King Charles II. Like all of Smith’s plays, Pretty, Witty Nell is written entirely in rhyming iambic pentameter. This production will be the subject of an on-going documentary on Smith’s plays.
We are currently looking for two actors, one male, one female, to workshop the script part-time in February and perform the world premiere in an established London fringe theatre in March. Actors must be available during the day and will be paid NMW for their time. Actors should be experienced in verse drama and be exceptionally quick at learning new lines.



Lead Role, Female, 18-34, Cockney Accent

High comedy skills required.


Lead Role, Male, 18-50, English

This is a very physical multi-part role. The part requires almost continual changes of costume. Lots of energy and scene-stealing fun for the right actor.

Actors wishing to be considered should LEARN OFF-BOOK the relevant part (‘Orange Wench’/’Nell’ for females, ‘Director’/’Cromwell’ for males)
Once you are comfortably off-book, submit a self-tape via Vimeo only. DO NOT SUBMIT VIA ANY OTHER PLATFORM. Youtube, wetransfer, etc will NOT BE ACCEPTED. VIMEO ONLY THANK YOU.
Submit your Vimeo link along with links to your online profiles and cover letter using the contact form below only. Contact via other mediums will be ignored.

Pretty, Witty Nell - audition sides

Director’s notes: please make big, Monty Python-esque comedy choices. I’d rather see a ‘wrong’ choice done proudly with full commitment, than a ‘right’ choice performed by a timid mouse. Be big, bold and have fun!


We are also looking for a strong stage manager with good experience. As per the cast, remuneration for crew will be NMW. Kindly submit your links below.

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