Cast of characters for Black Comedy by Peter Shaffer:
Synopsis: In one hilarious act, the action supposedly in the dark is illuminated; when the
lights are to be on, the stage is the dark. Lovesick and desperate, sculptor Brindsley Miller
has embellished his apartment with furniture and objects "borrowed" from the absent
antique collector next door hoping to impress his fiancée’s pompous father and a wealthy
art dealer, Schuppanzigh. The fussy neighbor, Harold Gorringe returns just as a blown fuse
plunges the apartment into darkness and Brindsley is revealed teetering on the verge of
very ripe farce. Unexpected guests, aging spinsters, errant phone cords and other snares
impede his frantic attempts to return the purloined items before light is restored.
Brindsley Miller: Male; Stage age mid-Twenty to mid-Thirty; a young sculptor, intelligent
and attractive, but nervous and uncertain of himself. This is a very physical role.
Carol Melkett: Female; Stage age mid-Twenty to mid-Thirty; Brindsley's fiancée. A young
debutante. Very pretty, very spoiled; very silly. Her sound is that unmistakable, terrifying
Miss Furnival: Female; Stage age Fifty to Sixty; Prissy and refined. Clad in the blouse
and sack shirt of her gentility, her hair in a bun, her voice in a bun, she reveals only the
repressed gestures of the middle-class spinster - until alcohol undoes her.
Colonel Melkett: Male; Stage age Fifty to Sixty; Carol’s father. Carol's commanding
father. Brisk, barky, yet given to sudden vocal calms which suggest a deep alarming
instability. It is not only the constant darkness which gives him his look of wide-eyed
Harold Gorringe: Male; Stage age mid-Thirty to mid-Forty; the bachelor owner of an
antique-china shop, and Brindsley's neighbor, Harold comes from the North of England. His
friendship is highly conditional and possessive: sooner or later, payment for it will be
asked. A specialist in emotional blackmail, he can become hysterical when slighted, or (as
inevitably happens) rejected. He has a crush on Brindsley.
Schuppanzigh: Male; Stage age Forty to Fifty; a German refugee, chubby, cultivated, and
effervescent. He is an entirely happy man. An electrician who is delighted to be in England.
Clea: Female; Thirties; She is Brindsley’s ex. Dazzling, emotional, bright, and
mischievous. The challenge to her is to create a dramatic situation out of the darkness is
Georg Bamberger: Male; Stage age Fifty to Sixty; Eccentric, partially deaf, billionaire.
Like Schuppanzigh, he is German.
Cast of characters for The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard:
Synopsis: Feuding theatre critics Birdboot and Moon, the first a philanderer and the
second a pompous and vindictive second stringer, are swept into the whodunit they are
viewing. In the hilarious spoof of Agatha Christie-like melodramas that follows, the body
under the sofa proves to be the missing first string critic. As mists rise about isolated
Muldoon Manor, Moon and Birdboot become dangerously involved in the play they are
Moon: Male; Stage age Forty to Fifty; Moon is a second-string theater critic who is
reviewing the play within the play.
Birdboot: Male; Stage age Fifty to Sixty; A popular theater critic who can make or break
actor’s careers. He starts the show being in love with the character Felicity, but then he falls
in love with the character Cynthia during the play.
Mrs. Drudge: Female; Stage age Fifty to Sixty; Mrs. Drudge is the housekeeper of
Simon Gascoyne: Male; Stage age mid-Twenty to mid-Thirty; Simon is a visitor to
Muldoon Manor. He has had affairs with both Cynthia and Felicity.
Felicity Cunningham: Female; Stage age mid-Twenty to mid-Thirty; She has had an
affair with Simon. She is seemingly sweet and charming, but when Simon flirts with Cynthia,
she threatens Simon’s life.
Cynthia Muldoon: Female; Thirties; Cynthia is the widow of Lord Albert Muldoon who
disappeared ten years ago. Has an affair with Simon. She is sophisticated and men find
Magnus Muldoon: Male; Stage age mid-Thirty to mid-Forty; Magnus is the wheelchair
bound half-brother of Albert Muldoon or so everyone assumes.
Inspector Hound: Male; Stage age Fifty to Sixty; Called in during the play to investigate a
mysterious call to the police. It can be assumed he might not be who he says he is.
**Actors can be cast in both shows. It is suggested to audition for characters in both
**Black Comedy is a physical show. Actors should come prepared to move around
during the audition.