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  • Onehunga, Auckland, 1061
  • New Zealand

Arsenic and Old Lace

By Joseph Kesselring
Directed by Brian Keegan

Sunday 18th November 2018
Rehearsal Hall
Dolphin Theatre
12 Spring Street
1:30pm - 4:30pm

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Two charming old ladies make it their mission to provide tea and accommodation to socially and religiously “acceptable” lodgers. When they pass on, their brother, who thinks they are victims of yellow fever, buries them in the cellar. He thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt so never questions their actions. Then there’s a somewhat unusual nephew, to put it mildly, and another one who is really, actually completely normal – not easy in this household!

By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, on behalf of Dramatists Play Service Inc., New York

Cast Required


Abby and Martha Brewster 60s - have poisoned 12 people and believe they haven't done any wrong. Quite dotty and vague. Lived sheltered privileged lives.


Teddy Brewster early 30s - believes he is Teddy Roosevelt. Does a lot of running about and talks quite loudly. Is currently building the Panama Canal in the basement of the house.

Jonathan Brewster 40s - menacing character has had plastic surgery and looks very much like Boris Karloff. Has returned after many years away.

Mortimer Brewester late 20s - theatre critic, lives with both Teddy and aunties in the house. Only sane one in the family.


Officer Klein 40-50, New York policeman

Officers O'Hara and Trophy 40-50, New York police - Irish accents

Elaine Harper mid to late 20's - vicar's daughter, next door neighbour and girlfriend of Mortimer

Dr. Einstein 50s-60s, partner in crime with Jonathan, plastic surgeon who has made Jonathan's face as it now is - German accent required

Lieutenant Rooney 50's - New York police Irish accent

Rev. Dr. Harper late 40s early 50s - Father of Elaine and close confidante of the Brewster sisters

Mr. Gibbs and Mr Witherspoon can be played by other cast members


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Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings and on Sundays
(time to be confirmed)

Production Dates

1st March – 16th March 2019