Book by JEREMY LLOYD and DAVID CROFT
An Amateur Production by arrangement with ORiGiN™ Theatrical, on behalf of Samuel French, Ltd.
Based on the hugely popular TV comedy series, the stage version of 'Allo 'Allo follows the adventures of Rene, the hapless cafe owner in war-torn occupied France, as he and his wife, Edith, struggle to keep for themselves a priceless portrait stolen by the Nazis and kept in a sausage in their cellar.
Rene is hiding two British airmen and is endeavouring, with the help of the Resistance, to repatriate them. However, communications with London through a wireless disguised as a cockatoo add to the many embarrassments he endures in the company of his patrons.
Matters come to a head with the news that the Fuhrer is to visit the town and the cafe becomes filled with tricksters intending to impersonate Hitler before the event. Rene will need all the wit he can muster to save his cafe and his life...!
Tuesday October 22 from 7.30pm
Richmond School of Arts
Characters & Audition Pieces
Rene Artois, stage age: 40 - 60 (Male, French accent)
Renee Audition Pieces
Central character, on stage most of the time. Middle aged owner of a café in France during WWII. He breaks the fourth wall, communicating regularly with the audience. A self-confessed coward who attempts to remain impartial while making sure his own needs are served. Despite his ordinary appearance he seems to have an irresistible attraction for women, especially his waitresses.
Herr Otto Flick, stage age: 30-50 (Male, German accent)
Flick Audition Piece
Member of the Gestapo, he walks with a stick and aspires to be like his Godfather Heinrich Himmler. Sarcastic and cold he harbours a mildly sadistic passion for his assistant, Private Helga Geerhart. With a love for black leather, he plays the violin (badly), dances a Tango (stiffly) and disguises himself as a sexy cinema usherette.
Colonel Kurt von Strohm, stage age: 40 - 60 (Male, German accent)
Colonel Audition Piece
Corrupt town Commandant, he enjoys collecting stolen artefacts, which he forces Rene to hide for him in exchange for keeping quiet about the British Airmen hiding in Rene’s cellar. Greedy, vain, but likeable. Ideally tubby and balding.
Captain Alberto Bertorelli, stage age: 30 - 50 (Male, Italian accent)
Bertorelli Audition Piece1, Bertorelli Audition Piece 2
A bombastic, flamboyant Italian Captain. Self-loving, he believes he is irresistible to the ladies and is OTT both in speech and physicality. He is in cohorts with the Colonel to steal the painting from the Gestapo. Must be able to perform an impersonation of Hitler.
Officer Crabtree, stage age: 25 - 60 (Male, British accent speaking bad French)
Crabtree Audition Piece
British undercover agent disgeesed as a French poloceman, he has some of the most popular and memorable catch phrases from the series. His knowledge of French is minimal, leading him to mispronounce many vowel sounds causing riotous confusion.
Lieutenant Gruber, stage age: 30 - 50 (Male, Slightly camp German accent)
Gruber Audition Piece
Gruber is a kindly German officer spending much of his time in his ‘little tank’. He feels he has a special bond with Rene and often walks into compromising and embarrassing situations. The inference is that he is in love with Rene, but the role should be played with subtlety and not too camp.
General von Schmelling, stage age: 40+ (Male, German accent)
Schmelling Audition Piece
Does not appear in the TV show so can be played more interpretively, but must be guttural German. Tough, demanding, humourless, strict, ethical (he hates corruption, the Resistance and the Gestapo). He has a wooden leg and wears an eye patch and everyone but Flick is terrified of him.
Leclerc, stage age: 50+ (Male, French accent)
Leclerc Audition Piece
Elderly French forger and escaped convict now working for the Resistance. Appears in a number of unconvincing different disguises. Bumbling, silly. Ability to juggle would be an advantage.
British Airmen (2) Carstairs and Fairfax, stage age: 25+ (Male, upper class British accent)
British Airmen Audition Piece
Quintessential British stiff upper lip, happy go lucky, slightly naïve and stupid. Will be dressed in various costumes (both male and female) and perform a CanCan.
Madam Edith Artois, stage age: 35 + (Female, French accent)
Edith Audition Piece
Faithful, gullible, passionate, long-suffering, but demanding wife of Rene. She is a terrible singer but believes she is a musical star and performs cabarets in their café. She must sing an Edith Piaff song badly during the performance. You will be required to sing any song of your choice badly and without accompaniment at the audition. Make us laugh. She also does a bad impersonation of Hitler.
Yvette Carte-Blanche, stage age: 18 - 40 (Female, French accent)
Yvette Audition Pieces
French waitress. Attractive, ideally a tall brunette. She is having a passionate affair with Rene and hopes to run away with him one day. She is smart and sexy with a guttural French accent.
Mimi Le Bonq, stage age: 20 - 50 (Female, French)
Mimi Audition Piece
French waitress and undercover agent provided by the Resistance to protect Rene and assassinate Germans. She is feisty, skilful at karate and self-defence. Cute and sexy she is ideally short and blonde and is having an affair with Rene. As a sideline she entertains the Nazi customers upstairs in the café.
Private Helga, stage age: 30 - 50 (Female, German accent)
Helga Audition Piece
Attractive German secretary to Colonel von Strohm. She has a sadomasochistic relationship with Herr Flick, using it to gain information for her boss. She is a sexy seductress underneath her harsh exterior.
Michelle, stage age: 30 - 50 (Female, French/British accent)
Michelle Audition Piece
French leader of the local Resistance movement. She has persuaded Rene to reluctantly hide 2 British Airmen until they can be repatriated to England. She speaks English to the Airmen, is passionate about her cause and appears in various costumes.
CAST & CREW
| Herr Flick
| Lieut. Gruber
| Capt. Bertorelli
| Col. Von Strom
| Gen. Von Schmelling
| Le Clerc
| Airman 1
| Airman 2
Carol Dicker | DIRECTOR
Sean Duff | PRODUCER
Maxwelle-Jane Dwyer | ASST. DIRECTOR
TBA | STAGE MANAGER
Carol Dicker | COSTUMES
Andrew McMaster | SET
Samantha O'Hare | PUBLICITY
Reece Green | MAKEUP
Anne Duff | FRONT of HOUSE