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The Comedy of Errors Auditions: Nelson Summer Shakespeare

Nelson Summer Shakespeare will be back in January 2021 with The Comedy Of Errors.
Auditions will be at Fairfield House on Sat 19 & Sun 20 September from 10:00am-5:00pm.
This is an outdoor production that will open at Fairfield House Meadow on Jan 12 and then play several venues around Nelson and Tasman until the end of Jan/ early Feb.
We are looking for Principle actors to play the lead characters and some multipart roles.
We are also looking for Supporting actors to play multipart roles.
This is a professional ‘profit share’ production where each performer takes a share of the overall profit.
Performers will also be expected to help set up and strike the set, props and costumes each day.
To book an audition please email Giles at
Please include a CV/ Resume if you have one.
Rehearsals will start Mid November with evening rehearsals.
December Rehearsals.
From 13 December Principle actors will rehearse daytimes and two evenings a week.
Supporting actors will continue to rehearse two evenings a week.
There will be a Christmas/New Year Break from Dec 24 – to Jan 2.
January Rehearsals.
All Actors will rehearse day times from Jan 3 to opening on Jan 12 (with at least one day off).
THE COMEDY OF ERRORS is one of William Shakespeare’s early plays. It is his shortest and one of his most farcical comedies, with a major part of the humour coming from slapstick and mistaken identity, in addition to puns and word play.
Set in the Greek city of Ephesus, The Comedy of Errors tells the story of two sets of identical twins who were accidentally separated at birth. Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse, arrive in Ephesus, which turns out to be the home of their twin brothers, Antipholus of Ephesus and his servant, Dromio of Ephesus. When the Syracusans encounter the friends and families of their twins, a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities lead to wrongful beatings, a near-seduction, the arrest of Antipholus of Ephesus, and false accusations of infidelity, theft, madness, and demonic possession.
We are looking at non traditional casting, for example swapping gender. The sets of ‘identical’ twins are likely to be played by people who look very different from each other!
Principle Characters
Antipholus of Syracuse
Antipholus of Ephesus
Twins separated as infants – Aristocrats
Dromio of Syracuse
Dromio of Ephesus
Twins separated as infants – Servants
Adriana – Wife of Antipholus of Ephases
Supporting Characters –
The Duke
Egeon – Syracuse merchant and father of the Antipholus’s
Luciana – Adriana’s sister
Luce – a kitchen maid
A Courtesan
Dr Pinch – school master and exorcist
Emila – an abbess.

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