Do you have what it takes to play a role alongside Mr Darcy?

CODA are back in town, and are looking for men. Well, three men in particular.

Right for the part: could you play Mr Wickham?

CODA – the Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association – is one of the borough’s leading community theatre companies.

It is returning to the bandstand in Croydon’s Wandle Park this summer with an in-the-round production of Jane Austen’s beloved tale of wit and romance, Pride And Prejudice, directed by Danielle Perrimon and Peter Bramwell.

This follows hugely successful productions in the park in previous years of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Important Of Being Earnest, Much Ado About Nothing, The Pirates Of Penzance and Romeo And Juliet.

And while the full complement of ladies and some gentlemen have been cast, the company is still looking for three men to join the troupe.

These are…

  • Mr Bingley: Mr Darcy’s wealthy best friend, who is pleasant, easy-going and well-intentioned. He is (relatively) uncaring about class differences.
  • Mr Wickham: a handsome militia officer who attracts Elizabeth Bennet initially, but revelations about his past and his true nature bring her closer to Darcy.
  • Mr Collins: pompous and idiotic clergyman who stands to inherit the Bennet property. Long-winded, rarely expressing himself in anything other than essay form.

Pompous and idiotic: could you be Mr Collins?

If you or someone you know would like to try out for one of these characters, then please get in touch with, and CODA will get back to you about auditioning.

Audition pieces are at

Pride and Prejudice will be performing in Wandle Park from July 27 to 30, and tickets are already on sale at, including a “pay what you can” performance on Wednesday July 27.

Rehearsals will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and some Sundays nearer the show.

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