Lymington Players Present ‘Theft’ By Eric Cappell, Directed by Jim Lockwood   AUDITIONS 7pm 19th JULY in the Gates Hall, Lymington Community Centre, New Street,

A fast-paced comedy romp (from the creator of “Rising Damp”) in which five very different people (3 male & 2 Females) play an escalating and hilarious game of cat and mouse.

THE PLOT:  John and Barbara Miles return from a celebratory dinner with their friends Jenny and Trevor Farrington to discover that their country house has been burgled and the burglar, Spriggs, is still there.  Spriggs, a career criminal, initially convinces everyone that he is the local policeman sent to investigate the crime. Once unmasked as the thief, Spriggs skilfully manipulates and corrupts each character; exposing guilty secrets, childhood rivalries and character flaws, all of which threaten to disrupt seemingly happy marriages and lifelong friendships. Through shrewd observations and stinging one liners the characters provide an entertaining, thought provoking and witty social commentary on key issues such as marriage, money, morality and crime. The play is set in the late 1970’s / early 80’s – certainly pre-mobile phones.

THE CHARACTERS: Two married couples who (on the surface at least) are old friends ……… and a burglar.   The roles are all very similar in size with Spriggs at the hub.

No age requirements but the couples must look right together and the burglar must not look too athletic.

The play will go onstage at the Malt Theatre from 7th to 12th of November 2022.

Rehearsals will start Thursday 1st September , Auditions 7.00pm Tuesday 19th July 2022