Loves labour’s Won or (Much ado about Nothing)
Loves Labour’s Won has been rescheduled for production in March 2021 This production allows for a cast of 11-13 actors of both males and females. Roles such as soldiers, nurses ect may double* up in group scenes. Age groups are indicative only.
Loves Labour’s Won remains a secret piece of Shakespeare’s plays. Listed to have been performed in 1598. However, there is no play with that title that we know of as published today. The theory is that “Love’s Labour’s Won” is the early title of a play that we now know by another name. Because many of Shakespeare’s plays had not been published by 1598, there are only a few plays that could have been known by this early title. Different scholars have suggested “Much Ado about Nothing” as the modern identity of the missing “Won.” Set at the closing of World War 1, there is ‘everything’ to be ado about in this production. A sparkling, engaging and heartwarming comedy staged with modernised and acute understanding of the genre to ensure that loves labour’s are won indeed! Loves Labours Won is a broadly accessible adaptation, directed by Emma Watson and is set in 1918 at the end of the first world war at the Palace Green War Response Hospital. There is a bit of singing and a bit of dancing and most importantly a lot of comedy.
20-30 HERO – NURSE – Daughter to Matron Pearl.
30+-40 BEATRICE – NURSE – Niece to Matron Pearl.
50+ PEARL, the Chief MATRON in Charge – Hero’s Mother, Beatrice’s Aunt
Any MARGARET- NURSE – friends with Hero and has a romance with Baker.
Any *URSULA – NURSE – friends with Hero has a romance with Verges.
Any *CONNIE, a Personal Nurse ‘love companion’ of John.
40-50+ PETER Hull, FIELD MARSHALL responsible for Palace Green Hospital.
20-30 CLAUDE, a CAPTAIN in the British Army.
30-40+ BENEDICK, a CAPTAIN in the British Army
30-40+ *JOHN Hull, a GENERAL – Peter’s deserter Brother.
Any *BAKER, CAPTAIN in the British Army of John’s acquaintance.
- May Double – Either Men or Women
- Any Age. *DOGBERRY, a MAJOR Constable.- an older person who is senile
- Any Age. *VERGES, a soldier – accompanies Dogberry on his travels
- Any Age. *PADRE, a soldier, sexton – A British Army Chaplin
- Any Age. *Sexton, the legal notary
- Any Age. *Soldier/Nurse 1 & 2
- Ages and accents are a guide only.
Auditions: Auditions will be scheduled in 20 minute slots in November 2020. Actors will be asked to come prepared with a 2-3 minute monologue. During the audition, actors will be asked to read parts of the script. This is a comedy, therefore we are looking for funny portrayals of these very well known Shakespearean characters. We suggest having a read of the play ‘Much ado about nothing’ in order to feel confident with the story and characters.
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Production Dates: March 2021 with casting auditions Nov/Dec 2020, Directed by Emma Watson
On the Beach – October 2021
Auditions June 2021