GEORGE - A man who finds himself backstage under mysterious circumstances. He appears to be an accountant and seems to be the understudy of a man named Edwin, although he can't actually remember attending any rehearsals or being a part of the production
MEG - The stage manager. A capable worker. When it becomes apparent that George does not know many of his lines, she pretends to be a maid in the production and whispers to him.
SARAH - A grand actress, has played all of the leading roles. Name taken from Sarah Siddons.
ELLEN - Another actress, but not as grand as Sarah. Name taken from Dame Ellen Terry.
HENRY - A grand Shakespearian actor. Name taken from Henry Irving.
THE EXECUTIONER - He makes an appearance only in The Man for All Seasons. (If it is desired, the part can be played by the same actor as Henry). He bids George goodbye as "Sir Thomas".
THE ANNOUNCER - A voice over the loudspeaker who announces the cast for the performances and instructs the audience not to use flash photography.
BRINDSLEY MILLER - a young sculptor, intelligent and attractive, but nervous and uncertain of himself. Age range: 20-40
CAROL MELKETT - Brindsley's fiancée. A young debutante; very pretty, very spoiled; very silly. Her sound is that unmistakable, terrifying debutante quack. Age Range: 20-40
MISS FURNIVAL - a middle-aged lady. Prissy and refined. Clad in the blouse and sack shirt of her gentility, her hair in a bun, her voice in a bun, she reveals only the repressed gestures of the middle-class spinster -- until alcohol undoes her. Age Range: 40-60
COLONEL MELKETT - Carol's commanding father. Brisk, barky, yet given to sudden vocal calms which suggest a deep alarming instability. It is not only the constant darkness which gives him his look of wide-eyed submission. Age Range: 40-60
HAROLD GORRINGE - the bachelor owner of an antique-china shop, and Brindsley's neighbor, Harold comes from the North of England. His friendship is highly conditional and possessive: sooner or later, payment for it will be asked. A specialist in emotional blackmail, he can become hysterical when slighted, or (as inevitably happens) rejected. Age Range: 30-50
SCHUPPANZIGH - a German refugee, chubby, cultivated, and effervescent. He is an entirely happy man, delighted to be in England, even if it means being employed full time by the London Electricity Board. Age Range: 20-50
CLEA - Brindsley's ex-mistress. Mid-twenties; dazzling, emotional, bright, and mischievous. The challenge to her is to create a dramatic situation out of the darkness is ultimately irresistible. Age Range: 20-40
GEORG BAMBERGER - a millionaire art collector, easily identifiable as such. Like Schuppanzigh, he is German. Age Range: 50 plus
Character Notes: It is important to understand that Brindsley, Carol, and Clea must be close in age. Colonel Melkett must fit in age to be Carol’s father.