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AUDITION NOTICE-Here at last is love


Here at Last is Love is a story so ripe for the telling.  It needs to be told. – Dame Harriet Walter

Auditions for the male roles in the world premiere of Here at Last is Love by David Charles Manners will be held at The Stables Theatre, Hastings, on the 5th of March 2022.

This remarkable new drama documents untold stories of gay life in World War II London, and contains unpublished work by Terence Rattigan, fascinating first-hand material, and some of the greatest songs of the era.

The ensemble piece offers rich individual opportunities for versatile and commanding actors with a playing age of 18 to 60.

Bestselling author David Charles Manners follows up his recent Picture Perfect, first performed at The Stables in spring 2021 and now in development as a major television production, with this funny and touching account of secret romance and subterfuge at the height of the London Blitz.

You must be FULLY available for the rehearsal period 9th-24th May 2022, with performances 25th-28th May.  Please prepare a piece of modern text and a song.

To book an audition slot on Saturday the 5th of March and for further information contact David on

Here at Last is Love is a fascinating piece of gay history.  The fact this is based entirely on direct personal experience, a necessarily secret history, makes it all the more poignant and delicious. – Sir Matthew Bourne

Reviews for David Manners:
Manners is an inspirational, thoughtful and compassionate writer, softly reminding us all of our common humanity. – Westmount Examiner, Montreal: In the Shadow of Crows
David Charles Manners, author of the bestselling book In The Shadow of Crows …projects us into a world where love is the controlling force … The whole piece is a delightful package, entertaining and well executed. – The Guardian: The Lessening of Difference

A sincere, sweet-natured study of intimacy … love and desire pulsating between people … its real connective tissue is the written word, specifically the work of David Charles Manners.  – The Times: The Lessening of Difference

Here at Last is Love will be directed by Jason Morell.  His work includes Love, Loss and Chianti (Minerva Theatre, Chichester/Riverside Studios), Love is Only Love (The Other Palace/Minerva Theatre), The Song of Lunch (Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh), Against Prejudice (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry/Sam Wanamaker Theatre), The Terrors of the Night(Sam Wanamaker Theatre), The Cutting of the Cloth (RNT Studio), Berkoff’s Women(Leicester Haymarket) and many productions for the Read not Dead seasons at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Jason Morell directs what is a joy from start to finish. It’s a gem. – The Times: The Song of Lunch, The Pleasance Theatre, 2019

Under Jason Morell’s sensitive and understated direction this is a refreshingly cathartic and life affirming experience quite unlike anything else. – Broadway World: Love, Loss and Chianti, Riverside Studios, 2020.

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