Auditions for Shakespeare in Love

Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard
Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall


Auditions will be held on Monday, June 12, 2017, 6-10 p.m.

Auditions are by appointment only and will be held at Virginia Rep’s November Theatre, 114 W Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220.

Callbacks will be held on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

Rehearsals begin August 14 for a run of September 13 – October 8, 2017 at Virginia Rep’s November Theatre.

All performers will be paid. Casting Union and non-Union.

Please e-mail to request an appointment:

Include SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE – AUDITION REQUEST in the subject line.

All questions should be directed to email above.

What to prepare:

Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script. Sides will be sent to you by June 5, 2017. Please also prepare 16-32 bars of a song. Please bring sheet music in your key. An accompanist will be provided.


We are seeking dynamic, physical actors who have a facility with British dialects and a penchant for Shakespeare to audition for the stage version of Tom Stoppard’s 1998 hit film, Shakespeare in Love. To create everything from Queen Elizabeth’s court, to the rowdy streets of 1593 London to a sumptuous bedchamber, we are looking for actors who lead with their imaginations. This production will move quickly and seamlessly from place to place, and our cast will create the changing locations as much as they will inhabit them. Each member of the cast will shine individually, but should have a strong interest in ensemble-driven theater.

Casting the following roles:

All roles are open to actors of any ethnicity. We are actively seeking a diverse company to bring this story to life. Actors of color are strongly encouraged to audition.

WILL SHAKESPEARE: Male, 30-40, poet and playwright
KIT MARLOWE: Male, 30-40, dashing, vain, arrogant, but a friend to Will
VIOLA: Female, 20-30, a young woman of wealth, who disguises herself as Thomas Kent to audition for a role in Shakespeare’s play.
FENNYMAN: Male, 40-50, the financial banker of Henslowe’s production
HENSLOWE: Male, 40-50, owner and manager of the Rose Theatre
BURBAGE: Male, 40-60, the most famous actor-manager of his day, grandiose, competitive but magnanimous in the end.
MISTRESS QUICKLY: Female,30-50, wardrobe mistress
QUEEN ELIZABETH I, Female, 50+, last monarch of the Tudor dynasty
EDMUND TILNEY: Male, 40-50, responsible for Censorship of drama in England
KENT NURSE: Female, 30-50, Viola’s nurse and confidant
ROBERT DE LESSEPS: Male, 50-60, Viola’s father
LORD WESSEX: Male, 30-40, betrothed to Viola
RALPH: Male, 20-40, novice actor, plays Nurse and Petruchio
NOL: Male, 20-40, novice actor, plays Benvolio and Samson
ROBIN: Male, 20-40, novice actor, plays Lady Capulet
ADAM: Male, 30-50, novice actor, plays Gregory, Benvolio, and Servingman
JOHN WEBSTER: Male, 13-18, street urchin, aspires to be a player
WABASH: Male, 30-40, novice actor, Henslowe’s stammering tailor
NED: Male, 20-40, lead actor of the Admiral’s Men, plays Mercutio
SAM: Male, 20-40, actor, plays Juliet
PETER: Male, 20-40, actor, plays Tybalt

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