Table Manners: A dysfunctional family gathering with farcical consequences.

Table Manners, Alan Ayckbourn’s award winning comedy, follows the intertwining lives of a group of siblings and their significant others during a weekend in the country. This sidesplitting farce explodes with lust, hysterics, and exasperation as three couples share a weekend in search of love, sex, and the meaning of marriage. A comic feast where chairs and food are scarce, but laughs are served aplenty.

“Crippling you with laughter that shakes the body and more subversively, fractures the soul.”
—New York Times

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Table Manners performances are Friday to Sunday, October 30, 31, and November 1, 2015.

This is a BP shoebox show with much truncated rehearsal and performance schedule.  One month as opposed to three months.


Table Manners rehearsals are five times per week in October 2015.  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm (or occassionally 10 pm) and Saturday and Sunday afternoons, 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. 

Actors Wanted for Live Theatre

Beijing Playhouse, China's English Broadway Theatre, seeks 6 actors for our English production of Alan Ayckbourn's comedy Table Manners.

Professional acting experience is great—but not necessary. We love discovering new talent. Nationality is not important. Ability to perform in English is required. 

All Roles Open

At Beijing Playhouse all roles are open. For Table Manners there are six roles open, adult men and women, ages 25-60.

Acting in community theatre is a big responsibility and a lot of fun.  There's no pay.  Acting in English Broadway theatre is volunteer. Did we mention we have fun parties? Well, we do!

Table Manners Audition Dates--September 20 and 21, 2015

Table Manners auditions are September 20 and 21, 2015 at 77 Theatre, a 15 walk from Nanluoguxiang subway station. (Auditions are Sunday and Monday night.  Call backs are Wednesday, September 23.)

A Christmas Carol auditions are late September 2016. 

Please arrive on time.  Punctuality is an actor's friend. Beijing traffic is always bad.  Please be respectful of your fellow actors and plan accordingly.  Actors who do not arrive on time are much less likely to be cast in theatre productions.

Audition Format

Monologues are optional and encouraged but not necessary. You'll do a live reading from the script and will perform scenes from the show with other actors.  

We love non-native English speaking actors in our shows.  If you are non-native English speaker, we strongly suggest bringing a memorized English 60 second language monologue.


Beijing Playhouse's auditions,rehearsals and performances of Table Manners (and Charity Readers Theatre) take place at 77 Theatre, a 15 minute walk from the Nanluoguxiang subway station.


Charity Reader's Theatre--12 Angry Men Auditions on Sunday, July 26, 2015

12 Angry Men auditions are Sunday, July 26 at 10:30 am.  Both men and women are encouraged to audition. We need 8 men and 7 women in the cast.

Charity Reader's Theatre, presented by Beijing Playhouse Drama Club, performs 12 Angry Men on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 7:30 pm. 

100% of all ticket sales are donated to Zhongze Women's Legal Aid Center charity.

There is one performance only.  The rehearsal and performance process is condensed from Beijing Playhouse's usual three months down to just one intense week.  Charity Reader's Theatre is all about acting, acting, acting.  There are no sets, no props, no costumes, no lighting design, no sound design, no subtitles.  Just acting.  And actors will not 100% memorize their lines--hence the reader's theatre concept.

While the CRT commitment is much less, one week as opposed to three months, that will be one extremely intense week.  Actors who are cast in CRT will live and breathe this show for that week.  Being cast in a Charity Readers Theatre show is a big responsibility and a wonderful experience.

Just like BP main stage productions, Charity Readers Theatre is always looking for experienced actors as well as new actors.  We love discovering new talent.  All roles are open and everyone is welcome to come to the audition.  We cast without regard to nationality.  The only requirement is the ability to perform in English.

For the cast of 12 Angry Men, we’re looking for:
•8 men; ages 16-80
•7 women; ages 16-80

Like all BP shows, CRT auditions are open to everyone and casting is done entirely on merit.   As with all BP shows, the director evaluates your ability to 1) be a good actor, and 2) to do so in English.

Audition/Rehearsal Schedule
•Auditions:  Sunday, July 26 at 10:30 am.  (Punctuality is crucial.  Arrive on time.  If you are late, you are unlikely to get cast.)
•Call Backs:  Same day at 2:30 pm
•First Rehearsal:  That same night at 6:30 pm
•Rehearsals:  Monday to Friday nights from 6:30 pm to very late
•“Dress” Rehearsals:  Morning and afternoon, Saturday, August 1
•One Performance Only:  Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 7:30 pm.

To participate in Charity Readers Theatre you can not miss a single rehearsal.  There can be no conflicts.  If you have even one conflict, we invite you to audition for another show at some point in the future.

Audition Forms
If you’re interested in auditioning, please complete the audition form in advance—by July 12, 2015.   Just let us know and we’ll send it to you.   There is a strong preference in casting for those who have submitted the audition form at least two weeks in advance—by July 12.   Conversations will take place between the director and potential actors between July 12 and auditions on July 26.   Participation in these conversations is not required to be cast in the show—but it is advantageous.   So you should submit your audition forms by July 12 and not wait until the last minute.

Miracle on 34th Street auditions are Sunday, December 13.  The one performance is Saturday, December 19.

For audition forms, contact us at broadway@beijingplayhouse.com.

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