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Dial M for Murder

By Frederick Knott
Director: Shannon Horn

Audition Date: Saturday, January 6, 2018 (1:00 pm) and Sunday, January 7, 2018 (7:00 pm)

Location: The Footlight Players Theatre, 20 Queen Street, Charleston, SC

Performance dates: March 9, 10, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 2018 @ 8 pm and March 11, 18, 25, 2018
@ 3 pm

Rehearsal: Rehearsals will begin late January 2018

Synopsis: Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He arranges the perfect murder. He blackmails a crook he used to know into strangling her for a fee of one thousand pounds, and arranges a brilliant alibi for himself. Unfortunately…the murderer gets murdered and the victim survives, but this doesn’t stump the husband. He sees his hireling’s death as an opportunity to have his wife convicted for the murder of the man who tried to murder her, and that is what almost happens. Luckily, the police inspector from Scotland Yard and a young man who is in love with the wife discover the truth, and in a scene of nearly unbearable suspense they trap the husband into revealing his guilt, thus freeing Margot.

Available roles:

Margot Wendice: (age 30 to 35) The charming, naïve, and wealthy wife of Tony, Margot has no idea that Tony knows of her past affair with Max, nor does she suspect that Tony is planning to murder her.

Max Halliday: (age 30 to 50) An American murder mystery writer, Tony had an affair with Margot during the time Tony was playing professional tennis tournaments in America. He is still in love with Margot and comes to visit the couple in London.

Tony Wendice: (age 35 to 55) Margot’s husband, Tony is a former professional tennis player who married Margot for her money. He is selfish and arrogant and has an elaborate scheme to murder Margot because of jealousy over a past affair between Margot and Max.

Captain Lesgate: (age 30 to 50) An old schoolmate of Tony’s and a convicted criminal, Lesgate is now being blackmailed by Tony into murdering Margot. He seems willing to do anything for money.
Inspector Hubbard: (age 40 to 60ish) A British Inspector of Police, Hubbard is a bit eccentric, but thoughtful and thorough.

Thompson: (age 20 to 60) A police officer.

Notes:

1. Bring headshot & resumé.
2. The listed character ages are suggested. Actors older or younger may be considered, depending on their physical appearance.
3. British accents will be required for all British characters.