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Audition Notice

Measure For Measure

by William Shakespeare


The Free Church Hall, Northway, London, NW11 7AG

Sunday 25th March 2018, 7:30pm


Performance Dates:

  • Friday 6th July 2018, 7:30pm
  • Saturday 7th July 2018, 3pm
  • Saturday 7th July 2018, 7:30pm
  • Sunday 8th July 2018, 3pm
  • Wednesday 11th July 2018, 7:30pm
  • Thursday 12th July 2018, 7:30pm
  • Friday 13th July 2018, 7:30pm
  • Saturday 14th July 2018, 3pm
  • Saturday 14th July 2018, 7:30pm

Little Oak Wood, Addison Way, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, NW11 6QS

Director: Colin Gregory

Measure for Measure is very much a play for our times. With themes of corruption, abuse of power and sexual exploitation it holds a mirror to our world as much as in Shakespeare’s day. Duke Vincentio absents himself from court leaving his deputy Angelo in charge. Angelo abuses his position, seeking to take advantage of young Isabella whose brother he has condemned to death. Scenes of intense emotion are interspersed with a comic sub-plot. All this is observed by the Duke, who has disguised himself as a friar and returns at the end to bring all to book.

Both serious and comic roles are multi-faceted, providing excellent opportunities for characterisation. All the cast will have plenty to do, doubling parts where possible to create a tight ensemble. We will need a chorus of all ages to play courtiers, citizens, guards and other characters.

These are open auditions. Please read the auditions page if you have never auditioned with the GST before.

Parts List:
  • VincentioThe Duke, insightful, scheming, perhaps weaker than he thinks
  • AngeloHis Deputy, not simply wicked but aware of his faults
  • EscalusA senior courtier
  • ClaudioA young man in love, unable to comprehend his sister’s moral stance
  • IsabellaHis sister, intends to become a nun, fired by righteousness
  • JulietClaudio’s betrothed
  • Lucio“A Fantastic”: a colourful character with a big mouth
  • ProvostA judicial officer struggling with the demands of his office
  • MarianaBetrothed to Angelo, but then rejected by him
  • Mistress Overdone“A Bawd”: another colourful character
  • PompeyMistress Overdone’s brothel-keeping partner
  • ElbowAn educationally challenged constable
  • FrothA foolish gentleman
  • AbhorsonAn executioner who takes pride in his profession
  • BarnadineA depressed prisoner.

    Audition Pieces:

    Duke and Angelo
    Mistress Overdone and Pompey
    Elbow Froth Pompey and Escalus
    Isabella and Angelo
    Duke, Juliet and Provost
    Isabella and Angelo
    Claudio Isabella and Duke
    Duke Lucio Mistress Overdone Escalus Provost
    Mariana and Duke
    Provost Pompey Abhorson Duke
    Pompey Abhorson Barnadine Duke

    There are a number of smaller speaking parts: a nun, a friar, officers, servants and gentlemen. These can be cast from the company or be taken by anyone who would prefer a smaller part. Some of these could be played by children aged 13+. There is also a small singing part. Anyone interested in that part should bring a short piece to sing a cappella.

    We will be using the Arden Edition. Please contact us at if you want any more information.

    Rehearsals will be on Sunday afternoons and Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 8 May, extending to Wednesday evenings from 27 June. They will be held at the Free Church Hall to begin with, moving to the Wood as the light and weather permits. The chorus will not need to attend weekday rehearsals until 26 June.

    Please note that, though you do not have to join the GST to audition, all actors in a GST show are required to be members.