Audition Notice: Shakespeare in Love by Lee Hall

Audition Dates
  • 8th February 2022 at 7:45 pm
  • 10th February 2022 at 7:45 pm
Performance Dates
16th -21st May
Rehearsals
Rehearsals will be on Tues and Thurs, with some Sunday mornings up to the opening. Tec will be on the 13th May with Dress on 15th May.

Shakespeare in Love by Lee Hall
Directed by Nicki Pope
Movement by Katie Rallison
Audition Dates – 10th and 12th Feb at 7.45pm
Rehearsals will be on Tues and Thurs, with some Sunday mornings up to the opening. Tec will be on the 13th May with Dress on 15th May.
Performance Dates – 16th -21st May

Based on the Academy Award-winning movie, this enchanting, hilarious, romantic stage play reimagines William Shakespeare’s creative process – and explores his inspiration – as he writes Romeo and Juliet.

We all know William Shakespeare as a brilliant, imaginative, funny, trendsetting playwright whose work has held up the test of time better than any other. We know he lived in the 16th century and that he performed plays for the Queen, but how did Shakespeare become the Shakespeare we know today? In this exciting play by Lee Hall, adapted from the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, we get to witness a version of what might have been. Did Shakespeare have writer’s block from time to time? Did he need a muse to write his famous tragedy Romeo and Juliet? Lee Hall’s version of this successful screenplay follows the same story of Shakespeare meeting and falling in love with a aristocratic woman named Viola De Lesseps who wishes she could be an actor, and transforms it for the stage, just as Shakespeare did with stories in his day. It is funny, clever, filled with references to Shakespeare’s work, and a delight for theatre goers of all ages.

Cast
Will Shakespeare
Viola De Lesseps
Christopher ‘Kit’ Marlowe
Philip Henslowe
Lord Wessex
Ned Alleyn
Edmund Tilney
Richard Burbage
Nurse
Hugh Fennyman
Wabash
Sam
John Webster
Ralph
Queen Elizabeth I of England
Sir Robert De Lesseps
Molly and Kate

The principal characters are Will and Viola – however the supporting cast will all have the opportunity to shine with some very meaty characters to portray – there may be some doubling of parts, depending on who auditions.

As with all my productions, we will explore the period and the characters, and as an ensemble bring Elizabethan England to the QMT.

Books will be available shortly, and if you have any questions, please get in touch.

Once more unto the breach dear friends….

Nicki Pope