The Herbal Bed: Congrats to our new cast

After a few rounds of auditions, we are delighted to be able to confirm our cast for the April production of The Herbal Bed by Peter Whelan, which ALP will be performing as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Open Stages project:

John Hall: Jérôme Le Forestier
Susanna Hall: Leonie Thompson
Hester Fletcher: Sarah Cunnane
Rafe Smith: David Powell
Jack Lane: Ryan Caisley
Henry Parry, Bishop of Worcester: Roger Gotts
Barnabus Goche: Brian Hibberd
Elizabeth Hall: Freya Thompson and Imogen Melling

More details on backstage crew and the progress of the project will be forthcoming over the next few weeks, so keep an eye out. In the meantime, congratulations to everybody who auditioned; our director, Colette, said the standard was incredibly high.

Pygmalion: Holding out for a Higgins

As our contribution to the Abbots Langley Festival of the Arts, our non-singing production of Pygmalion is in the midst of being cast. However, due to a very full festival programme, we find ourselves looking, as so many people are, for a good man.

We would love to hear from anyone who can commit to rehearsing Tuesday and Thursday evenings up to our performance week, 29 June to 5 July 2014. While primarily seeking male actors, we would also love to hear from anyone who is interested in becoming involved with the group on stage and behind the scenes as well.

We will be holding final auditions for Pygmalion on Monday 14 April.

So what about it then… fancy giving it a go? Maybe you would just like to know a bit more? Please just get in touch by emailing If you can’t make the audition but you are interested in either role, please contact us to make alternative arrangements.

The roles

Henry Higgins
Male, 40s
(Large role)
Highly intellectual bachelor, selfish and self-obsessed – but not unlikeable. Childish and downright rude in equal measure.

Alfred Doolittle
Male, 40-60
(Medium role)
The show stealer. Common, crafty and devious, but the most remarkable philosopher. Appears twice and commands the space each time.