Open Auditions - Shakespeare in Love - the play

Valley Center Stage

About the project and the company

Valley Center Stage is holding OPEN AUDITIONS for

Shakespeare in Love

Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard

Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall

Music by Paddy Cunnen

Originally produced on West End by Disney Theatrical Productions & Sonia Friedman Productions, directed by Declan Donnellan and designed by Nick Ormand.



Penniless and indebted to two demanding producers, struggling young playwright William Shakespeare is tormented by writer’s block, until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps, daughter of a wealthy merchant, whose fiery passion for poetry and drama leaves her secretly longing to be an actor. Viola quickly becomes the playwright’s muse, while she disguises herself as a man to become a player. Both are despondent when they learn that Viol’s father has promised her to the stuffy Lord Wessex in order to gain a title for their family. Under veil of secrecy, Will and Viola’s passionate love affair becomes the basis of the very  play he is writing – Romeo and Juliet.  With opening night – and the wedding day – fast approaching, the plots race toward a parallel conclusion. Will it all work out in the end or are the two star-crossed lovers destined for tragedy?

Open Auditions:  Nov 11, 12, 18, 19th  – from 2:30-5pm

Held at Valley Center Stage  – 1060 Stilson Ave SE, North Bend, WA 98045 – aka Sallal Grange


Kick off – Dec 16th – scripts and read through.

Weekday rehearsals held from 7-9ish  Weekend rehearsals from 11-2pm

TBC with cast and crew.

Tech week mandatory.

Performance Dates: Feb 16- Mar 3rd.

All performances mandatory.

Week 1:   Friday – Sun:   Feb 16, 17, 18th(m)

Week 2:  Thurs – Sun:  Feb 22, 23, 24, 25th(m)

Week 3:   Thurs- Sun: Feb 29, Mar 1, 2, 3rd (m)

Show times at 7:30 pm, and matinees (m) at 2pm.

Characters will remain as gendered, but casting is open. All skill levels welcome.

Double, Triple casting TBD


List of Characters:

William Shakespeare – (Lead) poet and playwright

Kit Marlow – colleague, friend and inspiration

Viola de Lesseps  – (Lead) disguises herself as actor Thomas Kent

Fennyman – the theater money

Henslowe – owner and manager of the Rose Theatre

Richard Burbage – lead actor of the Chamberlain’s Men

Ned Alleyn – lead actor of the Admiral’s Men, Mercutio

Peter – actor, Tybalt, Abraham

Ralph – actor, Nurse, Petruchio

Robin – novice actor, Lady Capulet, Proteus

Wabash – novice actor, stammering

Sam – actor, Juliet

Nol – actor, Benevolio, Samson

Adam – actor, Gregory, Benevolio, Servingman, Valentine

John Webster – street urchin, aspires to be an actor

Edmond Tilney – the Lord Chamberlain

Nurse – to Lady Viola

Lord Wessex – betrothed to Viola

Sir Robert de Lesseps – Viola’s father

Queen Elizabeth I

Queen’s attendants


Tavern wenches








Location of Audition

Valley Center Stage 1060 Stilson Ave SE North Bend, WA 98045 aka: Sallal Grange - corner of North Bend Way and Mt Si Road

Audition requirements

You can either read from script or present a monologue All skill levels are welcome Please bring your bio and headshot Plan to fill out an availability form

Additional information
Preferred method of submission


Audition/Interview dates

Sat, Nov 18, and Sun, Nov 19th - from 2:30 to 5:00pm

Pay type


Audition location

1060 Stilson Ave SE North Bend WA

Pay type


Callbacks or second audition/interview?

TBD as needed

Submission instructions

Please include headshot and bio. Auditions are open format. Monologue or reading from script.

Union Requirements


Website specific to project

Equity Contract