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Amy’s View

by David Hare

Director: Pip Sessions 07880 556139 /

PERFORMANCES 7-9, 13-16 May 2020 (inc matinee at 2:30 on Saturday 16 May)


 A deeply-affecting play from one of our nation’s foremost playwrights. ‘Amy’s View’ explores marriage, love, fame, fidelity, betrayal and loss through the mother-daughter relationship and makes a case for both personal and artistic integrity and the importance of theatre itself.   

In 1979 Esme is at the height of her career as an actress in the West End although life is becoming increasingly difficult for those making a living on the stage. The visit of her daughter, Amy, with new boyfriend, Dominic, an ambitious arts journalist, sets in motion a series of events which reach their conclusion many years later.

The original production starring Judi Dench and Samantha Bond in the mother/daughter roles was a sell-out at the National Theatre and subsequently transferred to the West End and Broadway.   


3m/3f.  The play is set between 1979 and 1995 and we see some of these characters age during this period.  

Amy Thomas – ‘Quietly resolute’. Playing age 20s-30s

Esme Allen – Amy’s mother, an actress. ‘Sensitive and intense’ with ‘an air of vulnerability’. Playing age 50s-60s  

Dominic Tyghe – Amy’s boyfriend, an ambitious arts journalist/film-maker.  Playing age 20s-30s

Evelyn Thomas – Amy’s grandmother. Grows increasingly fragile both mentally and physically during the play. Playing age 70s-80s

Frank Oddie – Esme’s neighbour and friend. ‘Easy-going and amiable’ Playing age 60s

Toby Cole – A young actor. Appears in final scene. Playing age 20s


Rehearsals from week beginning Monday 24th February                  

Initially rehearsing 3 evenings per week (likely to be Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays) increasing to 4 or 5 evenings nearer to performance


Sunday 19th January 2020, 3-6pm

Pair/group work on sections of the text

Call-back/second auditions will be arranged following the initial audition

Please contact the director directly if you wish to audition but are unable to make the above date


ISBN Samuel French 9780571191796