Illyria is no longer accepting applications for our 2014 season. From 1 March 2015 only we would like to hear from versatile actors (m/f) who are up for the challenge of a summer on the road with Illyria. A demonstrable love for small-scale touring and the company’s ensemble style is crucial. It's not enough for your covering letter to say "I love small-scale touring and Illyria's ensemble style" - your CV needs to prove it and your covering letter needs to support it.

Illyria has adopted Equity's Outdoor Touring Theatre Guidelines. You can read more about the Guidelines here, why it's in your interests only to work for outdoor companies who are Equity-compliant here, and which companies are compliant here. Please bear this in mind when choosing between Illyria and non-compliant companies who offer remunerations well below National Minimum Wage (which is illegal) and up to a third or even less than the minimum set out in the Guidelines (eg £2200 for an entire 17-week season).

Even if you have applied unsuccessfully in the past please do apply again: Illyria does not keep actors' details on file because your availability will differ from year to year and your skills and experience are likely to have grown.

Performances continue REGARDLESS OF THE WEATHER. Depending on your point of view, acting in the pouring rain is either horrendous or pant-wettingly funny. What is your point of view? HONESTLY? Please think long and hard about this kind of work before applying. Touring with Illyria is not like indoor touring at all because open-air shows demand greater physical and vocal energy, and because the elements can all be against you. But for the right people it is enormous fun.

Email applications ONLY will be considered. Applications should include photo(s) and up-to-date CV and/or link to Spotlight/CCP (or other) profile. Applications without a detailed covering letter will not be considered. Please send to Oliver Gray, Illyria's Artistic Director, at the following email address: illyriahq@gmail.com, with the word "Casting" in the title bar followed by the show title you are applying for. Because of the large number of applications we receive please do not send any emails larger than 1Mb.

Please do not telephone with casting enquiries at any time as unfettered rage sometimes offends. Thank you.

We are looking for a Piano MD for THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE

We are looking for a Piano MD with strong piano accompanist skills, who is passionate about G&S and who is up for the challenge of touring with us. If you’re willing, there are also a couple of very brief cameo appearances as the Bishop of Penzance (mute) and Queen Victoria (“We are MOST amused!”).

Each G&S tour has a company of 8 (7 actor/singers and 1 MD) WHO WORK AS A TEAM. Everyone mucks in with EVERYTHING, including stage-management, driving, costume/prop-maintenance, radio/TV interviews, and most importantly get-ins & get-outs which involve lugging heavy steeldeck staging. No-one gets off lightly. All jobs are everyone’s jobs. During all performances the MD plays under the cover of a tent beside the stage, but the get-ins and get-outs are done by everyone no matter how wet it is.

The show will have done some performances in May. This contract commences 16 June. The show is re-rehearsing in Putney, London SW15 from 16 June (with at least 1, maybe 2 new cast members), Touring 21 June - 31 August. Fee including subsistence £640pw. Contract includes 6 consecutive days paid Holiday.

Travel + Accommodation on tour provided. (And obviously Illyria supplies the keyboard and all equipment.)

Please email your details to Illyria’s Artistic Director Oliver Gray: illyriahq@gmail.com . Email applications only please, with PIANO MD in the title bar. Interviews are in London on Saturday 12 April.