First performed in the year Pride and Prejudice was published, Regency melodrama The Miller and his Men entertained audiences in Britain and the USA before going on to engage generations of Toy Theatre owners as the most popular play.

From first performances in 1813, it was still running in London in 1835, and in the USA until over 20 years later. 

Director, Peter Foster, writes: "I have a personal link to this play as it starred my four times great grandmother, Sarah Egerton, for its original London run at Covent Garden. In addition to that, I love the fact that it contains a host of three-dimensional characters, with heroes, lovers, villains, and acts of revenge and rescue, culminating in a final scene worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster".

Successful melodramas are still very popular today as musicals, soap operas and movies. Loved by actors and audiences alike, a good melodrama contains dynamic characters in a fast-moving plot. They may not be great literature, but they certainly make great theatre. 

To take part in this specially adapted and rehearsed reading, and you haven't read with us before, please complete the form at​6Cvme3kCGerAU9w36 and send us a short filmed monologue (maximum of 2 minutes) via WeTransfer to The monologue isn't compulsory, but really does help us when it comes to casting if we haven't seen you act before.

If you have read with us before and would like to take part in this reading, please email us to let us know and we will add you to the mix.

Please ensure that all applications reach us by 6pm on Saturday 31 October. Although we can't cast everyone in every reading, we will try to ensure everyone gets a fair turn.

If you are cast, you will be emailed a copy of the script, together with the cast list, on Sunday 1 November. There will be rehearsals on Thursday 5 and Tuesday 10 November.

We welcome an audience, so do feel free to join us on Thursday 12 November, all at 7.30pm.. Please email for the link. We look forward to seeing you there!

Essential info

Online via Zoom

Thursday 12 November at 7.30pm