Auditions - Love's Labour's Lost - Summer Shakespeare - Oxford Theatre Guild

Submitted by Oxford Theatre Guild on January 20, 2017 - 19:04
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Closing Date: 
Monday, 6 February, 2017
Oxford Theatre Guild

Shakespeare’s romantic comedy Love’s Labour’s Lost is a delightfully witty battle of the sexes set in the world of Academia – so what better than to transport the play to late 19th Century Oxford – where women were starting to make their mark in the world of higher education.

Featuring immediately recognisable Oxford characters – who will be styled in incredible costumes, it will be a production full of everything that is great about an Oxford Summer – croquet, punting, picnics and falling in love.

Join us for an unforgettable summer experience.

Key Dates:

First round auditions:
Wednesday 1 February 8pm – 10pm
Sunday 5 February 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Monday 6 February 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Auditions take place at the URC in Summertown

Recalls (by invitation only):
Monday 13 February 7.30pm - 10pm

Date & Time: 18-29 July 2017
Venue: Trinity College Gardens

Roles available
King Ferdinand of Navarre (Student) Playing Age - 20 - 35
Berowne (Student) Playing Age - 20 - 35
Dumaine (Student) Playing Age - 20 - 35
Longaville (Student) Playing Age - 20 - 35
Don Adriano di Armado (Extravagant visiting Spanish Professor) Playing Age - 40 - 65
Costard (Cheeky College Sub-Gardener) Playing Age - 18 - 30
Dull (Head Porter) Playing Age - 50 - 70
Holofernes (Crumbly Classics Don) Playing Age - 60+
Nathaniel (Port-loving College Chaplain) Playing Age - 50+
Marcade/Forester/First Lord (Loyal Servants) Playing Age - 18 - 60
Princess of France (Student) Playing Age - 20 - 35
Rosaline (Student) Playing Age - 20 - 35
Katherine (Student) Playing Age - 20 - 35
Maria (Student) Playing Age - 20 - 35
Boyet (Openly Lesbian academic. Eccentric personality - dresses as a man) Playing Age - 40 - 60
Moth (‘Bob’ (think Blackadder) – the loyal sidekick with a secret) Playing Age - 18 - 30
Jaquenetta (College Laundrymaid) Playing Age - 18 - 35

The playing ages are suggestions not prescriptions – so please only treat them as indications. In terms of physicality, Moth should ideally be somewhat shorter than Don Armado – but we could play that the opposite way round!

For fuller character descriptions (based on the original setting – rather than the revisions we will be making) please visit this link
Audition Process

There will be 3 first round auditions and then recalls by invitation only.

In the first rounds, we will be working on speeches and scenes by Shakespeare scripts other than Love’s Labour’s Lost. You will not be required to look at anything in advance – the texts will be available in the room. Our aim is to assess your potential rather than to immediately consider you for specific characters.

The sessions will run for 2 hours and you will be given the opportunity to work on a range of scenes with a range of different actors. It will be a relaxed and informal process – so please try not to get too anxious. Easier said than done, of course!

If invited to the recalls, you will be sent a small number of scenes from Love’s Labour’s Lost to look at. You won’t be required to learn them – just become familiar with them. This is the point that we will be looking at specific characters and combinations.

We will be aiming to timetable this to enable us to see as many combinations as we can – and, of course, give you as much time as possible to shine.

Accessibility concerns
If you have any specific needs with regards to access or any other issues, please do get in contact with us ( and we will help if we can.

What if I can’t make those dates and times?
If you are interested in auditioning, but are unable to come to any of the given dates, please contact us ( and we will try to see you at another time, if possible.

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