Auditions

Macbeth

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Susanne Crosby

A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia.

Director Susanne Crosby writes:

Macbeth shows us the dangers of ambition without conscience, and what happens when guilt catches up with us and brings us to reckoning. Greed, murder, supernatural prophecies – and a very human General who after one dreadful act is propelled headlong into tragedy. This play is about how those who have unchecked rule and lust for power can destroy everyone and everything in their path: including the ones they say they love.

Macbeth was a real King in the 11th Century and although Shakespeare’s story is untrue, this will be a medieval style production, with minimal set and atmospheric lighting. There will be swords. And battles. And lightning. And witches. Set in the round, making the audience much more part of the action: as the lords and ladies of the day perhaps, this will be quite an intimate production, portraying real emotions not melodrama. It’s very easy to get Macbeth wrong, as it’s larger than life: it was the first action movie of its day. The audience will be experiencing the real Macbeth, walking among them. There are also a few smaller parts for people who want to try their hand at Shakespeare but only want something small.


Production dates: March 27, 28, 29 & 30 2019


Script is here


PLAY READING
November 14th – Wednesday – Southwick Community Centre, Southwick Street. BN42 4TE
At 19.45

The event is open to all, and we hope many will join us for the sheer pleasure of the reading. But it is also a chance for anyone considering auditioning to hear the play and become familiar with the characters’ inter-play.


AUDITION DATES

November 28th – Wednesday – Southwick Community Centre, Southwick Street. BN42 4TE
At 19.45

November 30th – Friday – Southwick Community Centre, Southwick Street. BN42 4TE
At 19.45


CHARACTERS

Duncan : King of Scotland
Malcolm & Donalbain : his sons
Macbeth : a General, later King of Scotland
Banquo : a General
Fleance : son to Banquo
Macduff, Lennox, Ross, Menteith, Angus & Caithness : noblemen of Scotland
Siward : Earl of Northumberland
Young Siward : his son
Seton : armour bearer to Macbeth
Boy : son to Macduff
A Sergeant
A Porter
An Old Man
A Doctor : England
A Doctor : Scotland
Three Murderers
Lady Macbeth
Lady Macduff
Gentlewoman to Lady Macbeth
3 witches
Hecat


AUDITION PIECES

Rehearsal days are Mondays Tuesdays and Thursdays and some Sundays (TBA), major roles will be required at all rehearsals but some of the smaller roles will not be required at every rehearsal.

A full schedule will be produced when cast is known.

Any queries, contact Susanne on: suse@susannecrosby.com

Duncan, King of Scotland : Act 1 scene 2 from beginning to “… my gashes cry for help.” (with Sergeant and Malcolm), Act 1 scene 4 (with Malcolm, Macbeth, Banquo)

Malcolm : Act 1 scene 2 from beginning to “… my gashes cry for help.” (with Duncan and Sergeant), Act 1 scene 4 (with Duncan, Macbeth, Banquo), ACt 4 scene 3, with Macduff until Doctor enters

Donalbain : read as for Malcolm

Macbeth, a General, later King of Scotland : Act 1 scene 7 (with Lady Macbeth), act 2 scene 1 “Is this a dagger which I see before me….” to the end of the scene, Act 1 scene 4 (with Malcolm, Duncan, Banquo)
Banquo, a General: Act 1 scene 4 (with Malcolm, Macbeth, Duncan): Act 3 scene 1 (with Macbeth [and Lady Macbeth]) until “… until time does call upon’s.”

Fleance, son to Banquo

Macduff : Act 4 scene 3, with Malcolm until Doctor enters

Lennox : Act 3 scene 6 (with another nobleman)

Ross : read as for Lennox

Menteith : read as for Lennox

Angus : read as for Lennox

Caithness : read as for Lennox

Siward, Earl of Northumberland : read as for Lennox

Young Siward, his son : read as for Lennox

Seton, armour bearer to Macbeth : read as for Sergeant

A Sergeant : Act 1 scene 2 from beginning to “… my gashes cry for help.” (with Duncan and Malcolm)

A Porter : Act 2, scene 3 to “… yet I made a shift to cast him.” (with Macduff)

An Old Man : read as for Sergeant

A Doctor : Act 5, scene 1, with Gentlewoman and Lady Macbeth

Three Murderers : read as for Sergeant

Lady Macbeth : Act 1 scene 5 (with messenger, and Macbeth), Act 1 scene 7 (with Macbeth), Act 5, scene 1, with doctor and Gentlewoman

Lady Macduff : read as for Gentlewoman

Lady Macduff : read as for Gentlewoman

Gentlewoman to Lady Macbeth : Act 5, scene 1, with doctor and Lady Macbeth

3 witches : act 1 scene 1 and act 1 scene 3 until Macbeth and Banquo enter, page 5

Hecate : read as for witches