Audition: Hamlet

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Audition: at Progress Theatre

  • Weds 31 May 7.30pm and

  • Sunday 4 June at 2pm 

Performances: 12-21 October 2017, inc. Saturday matinée

Hamlet is one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies, which is set in Denmark. The main protagonist is Hamlet, the child of King Hamlet and Queen Gertrude.

When the play opens, King Hamlet has recently died. Claudius, King Hamlet's brother, has been crowned the new King and has married Gertrude. Shortly after the marriage, Hamlet meets the spirit of King Hamlet. People believe that King Hamlet was killed by a poisonous snake bite. However, the Ghost tells Hamlet that he was murdered by Claudius. Claudius killed the king by pouring poison into his ear while he slept. He says that Claudius has seduced Gertrude and stolen the throne. The Ghost tells Hamlet that "The serpent that did sting thy father's life / Now wears his crown".

Hamlet needs proof of the murder and feigns madness to observe Claudius and plot revenge.

The play exposes the essence of the human condition and what truly drives us. This production will explore the emotional depth of all the characters and also look at different aspects of the play not previously seen. Intrigued? I hope so.

The production will be set in an alternative modern Denmark, which lies closely to the side of our own world, one that does not have modern technology. We will also have a female Hamlet which will allow us the scope to produce a really unique Shakespearean experience for the audience.

 

Roles:

Female:

  • Hamlet  The Prince of Denmark, 25-35
  • Gertrude  The Queen of Denmark, Hamlet’s mother, 50-60
  • Ophelia  Polonius’s daughter, Hamlet’s girlfriend, 18-25

Male:

  • The Ghost  The spectre of Hamlet’s deceased father, 50-65
  • Claudius  The King of Denmark, Hamlet’s uncle, 50-65
  • Polonius The Lord Chamberlain of Claudius’s court, 50-65
  • Horatio  Hamlet’s close friend, 25-35
  • Laertes  Polonius’s son and Ophelia’s brother, 20-30

Male or Female – there will be doubling up on some of these characters:

  • Fortinbras The young Prince of Norway, 20-30
  • Gravediggers * 2, any Age
  • Rosencrantz slightly bumbling courtier, 25-40
  • Guildenstern slightly bumbling courtier, 25-40
  • Courtiers Additional members of the court, any Age
  • Marcellus One of the officers who first sees the ghost, 25+
  • Bernardo One of the officers who first sees the ghost, 25+
  • The players a group of at least 4 travelling actors, any Age

Other Characters: Any Age

  • A Priest, A Captain, 
  • Servants, Soldiers, 
  • Sailors (2), English Ambassadors

Auditions are open to all, but if cast you must become a member

If you have any questions or would like to be considered but can't make the audition dates please contact aidan.moran@me.com prior to the auditions. 

    We have selected audition pieces for the various roles which are available in this zip file: 

    Please do not learn them – we haven’t yet made the cuts we plan to make!  If you would like a piece or pieces emailed to you please contact chris.moran@me.com, stating the piece number(s).

    1. Hamlet Act 1 Sc 2
      “O, that this too too solid flesh would melt” to
      “But break, my heart; for I must hold my tongue”
    2. Hamlet & Ophelia Act 3 Sc 1
      “The fair Ophelia! Nymph in thy orisons” to
      “O, woe is me, to have seen what I have seen, see what I see!”
    3. Hamlet & Gertrude Act 3 Sc 4
      “O, what a rash and bloody deed is this!” to
      “O Hamlet, thou hast cleft my heart in twain.”
    4. Claudius Act 3 Sc 3
      “O, my offence is rank it smells to heaven” to
      “All may be well.”
    5. Hamlet & Polonius Act 2 Sc 2
      “How does my good Lord Hamlet?” to
      “These tedious old fools!”
    6. Ophelia & Laertes Act 1 Sc 3
      “My necessaries are embark'd: farewell” to
      “I stay too long: but here my father comes”
    7. Hamlet & Horatio Act 1 Sc 2
      “Hail to your lordship!” to
      “These hands are not more like”
    8. Hamlet & Ghost Act 1 Sc 5
      “Where wilt thou lead me? speak; I'll go no further” to
      “Adieu, adieu! Hamlet, remember me.”
    9. Hamlet & Gravedigger   Act 5 Sc1
      “I will speak to this fellow” to
      “make her laugh at that”
    10. Gravediggers Act 5 Sc 1
      “Is she to be buried in Christian burial” to
      “fetch me a stoup of liquor.”
    11. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Act 2 Sc 2
      “My honoured lord!” to
      “Hercules and his load too”
    12. Claudius, Hamlet, Laetres, Polonius, Gertrude Act 1 Sc 2
      “And now, Laertes, what's the news with you” to
      “Re-speaking earthly thunder. Come away.”
    13. Ophelia & Laertes Act 4 Sc 5
      “How now! what noise is that?” to
      “And of all Christian souls, I pray God. God be wi' ye.”