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Adapted by Lee Hall from the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard

Produced by special arrangement with Concord Theatricals (Samuel French Inc.)

Directed by Meg Gibson Produced by David Rudat


June 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, and 21, 2024 at 8 p.m.
June 9, 16, and 22, 2024 at 2 p.m.


“But it all works out in the End.”
“It’s a Mystery.”

Plagued by debt and consumed by writer’s block, young Will Shakespeare needs a hit. You will fall in love with Will as he discovers his muse in the beautiful Viola De Lesseps and finds a story of true love with the help of Marlowe, Queen Elizabeth I, Burbage, Ned Alleyn and the actors of the 1590s. What begins as Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter becomes the greatest love story ever told, Romeo and Juliet. Based on the celebrated film, winner of many awards including Best Picture.
A Cinematic and Theatrical Classic!


Sunday, March 10, 2024 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 12, 2024 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 7:00 – 9:00pm

CALLBACKS: Saturday, March 16, 2024 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

(Callbacks only: please be prepared to be there for the full 3 hours)


Please prepare a light Shakespeare monologue or sonnet– no more than 90 seconds.  Be prepared to be re-directed.  You may bring in your chosen piece on paper.  All will be asked to sing a nursery rhyme or verse of a song of your choosing.

English accents will be required for the show, but will be taught during the rehearsal process.

Please contact for more information about the play.

We ask that you please email your resume and a photo along with your request for an audition. Due to ongoing concerns regarding COVID, once you have booked your audition, we will be sending you forms to complete at home and either emailed in advance or brought to your audition. We will be managing contact, distancing, and numbers in the space.


The production requires 22-24  actors and a dog! There will be doubling + of roles as listed. Some men dress as women. The ages listed do not need to reflect the age of the actor- spirit is what counts!

Will Shakespeare (m) – writer, actor, hopeless romantic, age 25-35

Kit Marlowe (m) – talented writer, confidant, ethereal being, age 30-40

Henslowe (m) –theatre owner, always in debt, age 45-55

Fennyman (m) – a loan shark turned theatre producer, age 35-45

Burbage (m) – renowned actor, royal favorite, egoist, age 35-45

Tilney/Boatman (m) – Lord Chamberlain, hates actors/ skipper, writer, age 45-55

Viola de Lesseps/Kent (w/m) – A Lady, actor, hopeless romantic, age 18-25

Nurse (w) – pragmatic caretaker, loving, loyal, age 35-65

Queen Elizabeth (w) – The Queen of England, theatre and dog lover, age 55-65

Ralph/Nurse (m/w) – barman, actor and drunk, age 40-50

Nol/Benvolio (m) – aspiring actor, helpful, earnest, age 25-35

Robin/Tybalt/Lady C (m/w) – aspiring actor, Marlowe fan, age 25-35

John Webster (m) – young aspiring playwright, sadistic, age 14-20

Wabash/Lambert (m) – stuttering tailor/loyal henchman, age 30-40

Lord Wessex (m) – A Lord, financially broke, morally bankrupt, age 35-45

Sir Robert /Frees (m) – rich merchant, social climber/mob moneyman, age 35-50

Sam/Juliet/Barman (m/w) – young drag actor on the verge of puberty, age 18-25

Peter/Petruccio (m) – actor of the King’s men, uncoordinated, age 25-35

Ned Allen/Mercutio (m) – egotistical actor, frustrated director, age 30-40

Quickly/Molly/Ensemble (w) – seamstress/prostitute/Lady in waiting, age 25-35

Kate/Ensemble (w) – prostitute/Lady in waiting, age 25-35

2-4 Minstrels (m/w) – minstrels/musicians/dancers/singers/clowns, any age (ability to play instrument an asset but not necessary, live singing required for one or more)


Auditions must be booked in advance

To request an audition send an email to indicating your preferred audition date and time(s) and the role(s) in which you are interested.

Auditions are booked in 10-minute slots.


Auditions and Rehearsals will be held at 780 Birchmount, Unit 5 (West side of Birchmount, south of Eglinton, beside the Alison’s Fine Foods. TTC accessible by #17 Bus from Warden Station or any Eglinton West bus from Kennedy Station.


First read-through will be Tuesday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Rehearsals will be held on:

 Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7:30–10:30 p.m. and Sundays, 1– 5 p.m.

Some rehearsals and all performances are at Scarborough Village Theatre, 3600 Kingston Road (at Markham Road).

Additional rehearsals may be added as we move closer to the production opening.There may also be the need to incorporate other rehearsal days to schedule other parts of the play, i.e. fight rehearsals and intimacy rehearsals, pending cast availability.

You will be asked to please list ANY potential conflicts from March 19 and June 22, 2024


Scarborough Players is an inclusive community theatre company and encourages all interested individuals from all backgrounds to audition.

Those auditioning must be Non-Equity performers and understand that this is a non-paying production.  We do not enter into any contracts or agreements with CAEA or ACTRA.

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