Auditions for Richard III

WEATHER ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to tomorrow’s impending weather (Tuesday, March 13) we are CANCELLING our Non-Equity auditions. Please stay tuned to your email for any additional updates. 

Announcing auditions for our 2018 Free Shakespeare on the Common production of Richard III, directed by Steven Maler.

Important show dates*:
First Rehearsal: Tuesday, June 19, 2018
First Preview: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Opening Night: Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Closing: Sunday, August 5, 2018

*subject to change

Rehearsals will take place at the Carling-Sorenson Theater at Babson College in Wellesley where CSC is the theater-in-residence. Technical rehearsals and performances will take place at CSC’s performance site at the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common. All company members are responsible for providing their own transportation.

CSC operates under an LOA contract with Actors’ Equity Association;- this year’s AEA weekly salary minimum is $485.00. We have limited local housing reserved for out of town artists only, and primarily engage actors as local hires.

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is an equal opportunity employer. Actors of all genders, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to audition and apply.

Roles to be cast:

  • Richard, Male, 30’s
    Duke of Gloucester and eventually King Richard III. Ambitious and conniving.
  • Buckingham, Male, Late 20’s – Early 30’s
    Richard’s closest confidante. Fiercely loyal and just as driven as Richard.
  • Elizabeth, Female, Mid-Late 40’s
    Queen, King Edward IV’s widow, and enemy to Richard. Headstrong and defiant.
  • Margaret, Female, Early 50’s
    Queen and King Edward VI’s widow. Bitter, vengeful, and prophetic.
  • Clarence, Male, Early 30’s
    Duke and brother to King Edward IV and Richard. Kind and harmless.
  • Lady Anne, Female, Mid to Late 20’s
    Prince Edward’s widow and eventually Richard’s wife. Shallow and corruptible.
  • Hastings, Male, Early to Mid 50’s
    Lord. Honorable, loyal, and a bit naive.
  • Duchess of York, Female, Mid to Late 60’s
    Widowed mother to Richard, Clarence, and Edward. Vindictive and protective.
  • Richmond, Male, Mid to Late 20’s
    Earl who eventually takes the throne from Richard. Just and humble.
  • Stanley, Male, Mid to Late 40’s
    Earl of Derby and Richmond’s stepfather. Stealthy, but fearful.
  • Edward, Male, Early 40’s
    Richard’s older brother and king. Unassuming and devoted to his office.

Equity Principal Auditions

This year’s Equity Principal Auditions will be held:

Monday, March 12, 2018: 10:00AM-6:00PM at the Carling-Sorenson Theater at Babson College in Wellesley, MA.

AEA walk-ins are permitted though online sign up is preferred (see below). If time permits, we will accept non-Equity walk-ins on a first come, first served basis and only after all Equity performers have auditioned.

Non-Equity Auditions

This year’s Non-Equity Auditions will be held:

Tuesday, March 13, 2018: 9:00AM-4:30PM at the Carling-Sorenson Theater at Babson College in Wellesley, MA.

Our non-Equity auditions are now full. Non-Equity performers without appointments will be seen at our AEA day as walk-ups as time allows.

Otherwise, please email with your name, email, phone and availability for Tuesday, March 13th to be placed on our wait list. Please do not use the sign up below. 

Audition Requirements:

Please prepare one Shakespeare monologue and one contemporary monologue each not to exceed two minutes. Please bring one copy of your head shot and resume stapled with your union status clearly labeled.

Audition Sign Ups:

Online sign ups are now closed. For AEA auditions today walk-ins will be seen

Featured Photo: Lucy Davenport ( Mary Devlin) and Jacob Fishel (Edwin Booth), Our American Hamlet, 2017. Photo by Nile Hawver/Nile Scott Shots

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