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Scenes of money and death, by Edward Bond

Auditions: Tuesday 4 and Thursday 6 December, 8.00pm, Studio; Sunday 9th December, 11.30am to 1.00pm, Studio

First Rehearsal: Monday 21 January 2019

Performances: 20 to 30 March 2019, Studio

Director Angela Stone writes:

The play tells of Shakespeare’s last months up to his death. It is set at his house – New Place – and other locations in and around Stratford, 1615-1616.


Shakespeare: Age – actually died at 52, but can be played up to 75.

Old Man: WS’s gardener. Was hit on the head by an axe and hasn’t been the same since!

Old Woman: his wife and WS’s housekeeper. Warm, loving, dignified.

Son: 25-40. Religious zealot. Leader of the anti-enclosure group. Full of contradictions.

William Combe: 40-55. Wealthy landowner. Leader of the group pushing to enclose the best land in Stratford, thus depriving the land workers of their livelihood.

Ben Jonson: 40-50. Playwright.

Judith: 30’s+. WS’s daughter. Unhappy, unloved, resentful.

Wally: 20’s-30’s. A follower of the Son.

Jerome: late 30’s-40’s. Land worker and follower of the Son.

Joan: 30’s. Jerome’s wife and land worker.

Young Woman: 18-25. Homeless vagrant. Passing through Stratford from Coventry.

Voice of Anne Hathaway.

Ideally I would like one actor to play Young Woman, Joan and Voice of AH.

Accents: Varieties of West Midlands, with the exception of Ben Jonson who is from London. There are some good examples of Warwickshire and Coventry accents on the web. I won’t be fussed about accents at the auditions.