Audition: Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, adapted by Helen Edmundson

Audition Dates:                    8th August, 7.30 - 10pm

                                             10th August, 7.30-10pm


Recalls:                               13th August, times TBC


Please find below the details of the auditions and backstage help required. Please do get in touch with the Director, Zoe with any questions you may have by emailing


Performance Space:                       150 seat Theatre at Putney Arts Theatre


Performance Dates:                        7th – 11th November 2017


Rehearsal Period:

Rehearsals will take place from early October at 7.30pm for 2-3 evenings on Monday to Thursday, as well as around 3 hours rehearsal on a Sunday. Sometimes there may be a need to rehearse on Saturdays and to rehearse on different days and times.  Most actors will only be called for 2 rehearsals a week until the final few weeks, when actors should be prepared to rehearse on up to 4 days a week.


Please note:

This is an amateur production. You do not need to be a member of Putney Theatre Company to audition, but actors and crew will need to become a member of Putney Theatre Company to take part in the show for £20 a year, and a £20 show fee will be due.


Audition Preparation:

The first audition will involve an hour of games and exercises to see how you work with other actors, nothing to strenuous or exhausting but do come in clothes that you can move in, no 1890’s ballgowns please. After that I will allocate some scenes from the play, which you will have some time to prepare. There is no need to prepare any text beforehand but please do read the play or at least the plot of Anna Karenina on Wikipedia. Please also make sure you arrive on time as we shall be starting promptly.


The recalls will involve some more detailed scene work and some physical theatre exercises.



“The best, the most painful and most powerful thing in the world is love and love alone; it guides and determines everything.”

Leo Tolstoy


Through the impact of one woman’s decision, Helen Edmundson’s adaptation of Anna Karenina looks at the troubling cost of love on the human soul. Anna is enchanting and admired but empty – until a chance encounter throws her into emotional turmoil and a scandalous affair. Contrasting with this tale of destructive love is the story of Levin, an idealistic man striving to finding meaning in life. This adaptation will focus on the characters, using creative staging, stylish costumes and atmospheric music to transport you to another world, a world of formal dances, snow covered stations and fields of summer corn.


Anna Karenina is hailed by many as one of the greatest novels of all time, Helen Edmundson’s adaptation is a brilliant take of this seminal work. It’s theatrical, bold and imaginative. Originally written for Shared Experience it’s a physically adventurous piece for a large and talented ensemble.


“I’ve always loved you and when you love someone, you love the whole person, just as he or she is, and not as you would like them to be.”



Characters:                           9 Female.  9 Male


Anna                                       (25-40s)Headstrong, passionate and charismatic. Wife, mother and mistress. Although Death follows her and taunts her throughout the play she remains full of life and passion.


Levin                                      (25-40s) Principled, proud and romantic. Farmer and aristocrat. Despite Levin’s hard work and gruff demeanour, he is at heart a hopeless romantic, desperate for a life he deems worthwhile


Dolly                                       (30s-mid 40s) Loyal, disillusioned and loving. Mother and Anna’s sister-in-law. Like Levin Dolly is constantly in search for the meaning in her life. She loves her family more than anything but is that enough to sustain her.


Vronsky                                (20s) Naïve, selfish and passionate.Soldier, jockey andAnna’s lover.Although charming, Vronsky is consumed by his own powerful feelings for Anna.


Kitty                                        (20s) Innocent, tenacious and compassionate. Dolly’s sister, in love with Vronsky, object of Levin’s affection. Kitty wants to be in love more than anything, but she confuses love with lust and her search for love is harder than she imagined.


Stiva                                       (30s-50s) Entertaining, roguish and disloyal. Anna’s brother and Dolly’s husband. An unaware philander, unaware of his effect on others, unaware of the influence he could wield.


Princess Betsy                    (20s-40s) Privileged, witty and powerful. Anna’s ‘friend’. The queen bee of Moscow society, she controls who talks, how they look and who is allowed into the inner sanctum.


Karenin                                  (30s-50s) Moral, private and commanding. Anna’s husband. Formal and duty bound, it is rare that we see Karenin let down his guard but when he does it’s heart-breaking.


Ensemble                              (all ages) We will be casting 10 ensemble members. All the ensemble members will have 1/2 speaking roles and 2/3 non-speaking roles. The ensemble will be a huge part of the show, creating the world of our show from beautiful formal dances to crowded snow covered railway stations to peasants working in fields of corn. We are looking for performers to are keen to create something physically and emotionally exciting.



Backstage opportunities available include:


Lighting operator,

Set construction,

Assistant stage manager

Sound operator

Hair and make up assistants


Please get in touch with if you are interested in getting involved.