The Business of Murder

By Richard Harris
October 17 – Nov 2, 2019
Preview October 16, 2019

Production Information

Directed by: Mitchell MacKay

In The Theatre At Hendry Hall
815 – 11th Street, North Vancouver

  • Sunday, June 23, 2019 – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday, June 25, 2019 – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

In The Theatre At Hendry Hall
815 – 11th Street, North Vancouver

  • Call Backs: Sunday, June 28, 2019 at 7:00pm

Rehearsals begin the week of Monday, August 12 at Lions Plaza, 1300 Parkgate Avenue, North Vancouver.

Days and times to be announced upon casting.

Preview: October 16; run: October 17 – November 2, 2019

A critical and popular success in London, The Business of Murder ran for an astounding eight years.  This psychological thriller on the theme of revenge centers on the interlocking triangular relationship between Dee, a successful TV playwright; Hallett, a detective superintendent; and the mysterious Mr. Stone.  Three seemingly disparate people brought together by the business of murder.  Over the course of an evening we learn of a murder that had taken place six years previously and how each of our characters is connected to the crime.  Secrets are revealed, connections made and tensions flare.  After many twists and turns the play culminates in another murder……. but whose!


Cold Read from the script.
No appointments are necessary; first-come first-served.
This is a non-Equity production.
Please bring a résumé and headshot to audition, if possible.
English accent not necessary, but preferred.
A PDF copy of the script is available upon request from the director.
Cast members must become members of NVCP at the first rehearsal ($20 fee).

Further information from Director: Mitchell MacKay


Detective Superintendent Hallett: He is in his early 40s to 50s.  He has goodish looks going a little puffy around the eyes through to many long sessions with too many short drinks.  He has a deceptively casual manner most of the time, but has a short fuse and doesn’t suffer fools gladly.  Hallett is a Jack the Lad type who never misses an opportunity to get a leg over.
Mr. Stone: He is in his early 40s to 50s.  He is about the same age and build as Hallett but seems a much less positive man.  He is rather nondescript and wears glasses.  A humourless, rather prissy man who likes things just so.  Stone lost his wife and child in a horrific murder from which he has never recovered.
Dee: She is a woman in the late 20s to 30s.  Dee is a successful television playwright.  She is capable and bright but there is an underlying nervous edge about her.  She is having an affair with a married man which might have something to do with her fondness for drink and prescription drugs.

Auditions are open to everyone, however, preference will be given to existing members of the North Vancouver Community Players (NVCP).

Successful auditioneers must become members of NVCP prior to first rehearsal.

Auditions Around Town

Centennial Theatre
Deep Cove Stage
First Impressions Theatre
Presentation House
SMP Dramatic Society
Theatre West Van