EUROPE: actors (m/f) 20-50, English spkrs, for Macbeth [P]
project title: Macbeth
production type: theatre
looking for actors
based in/around: Europe
about the project
English Theatre Düsseldorf (ETD) is currently casting for its upcoming open-air theatre production of William Shakespeare’s MACBETH, to be performed at the Kaiserpfalz Castle Ruins in Düsseldorf-Kaiserswerth, Germany in June 2023.
”In an alternate version of early 20th century Scotland, the war is over. King Duncan and Macbeth have triumphed, but the country is left on the brink of crisis. Duncan’s heir, Malcolm, proposes radical changes from the militaristic, autocratic system, so Macbeth, buoyed on by a supernatural prophecy and the political ambitions of his wife, takes matters into his own hands. This scenic new production of Shakespeare’s bloodiest tragedy draws on aesthetics and issues from Weimar Germany to explore ideas of succession, tyranny, and what happens when individual leaders place their own ambitions above the needs of the countries they are supposed to serve.”
As this will be an international production, we encourage Shakespeare trained professional actors from all over Europe to apply.
This production will be in English and therefore a fluency in Shakespeare’s English (accents embraced) OR mother-tongue English is a requirement.
This production will be directed by UK based director, Jack Fairey.
Rehearsals will run from 15.05.23 – 02.06.23 in Düsseldorf, with performances from 03.06 – 18.06.23 (Mondays free) at the Kaiserpfalz ruins, in Kaiserswerth.
Return flights and accommodation will be provided, as well as a guaranteed flat fee of 2500 € for the rehearsals and performances. (There is the possibility that this fee could be raised, but this will depend on the outcome of the project funding.)
Important: The project cannot run without funding, and the funding outcome will be clear to us by mid-April. If you are successful in being cast for this project, you will be notified of the project outcome by 20th April. Should the project go ahead as planned, rehearsals will begin 15th May. Should it not go ahead, the project will be moved to June 2024.
1st round auditions: self-tape submissions to be received by 26th March 2023 latest.
Callback auditions: 5th April 2023 on zoom.
playing age: 20 - 50
role languages: English
MACBETH (m, 35-50)
A general in the Kaiser’s defeated army. Determined to cling on to his country’s autocratic roots, even if it means he has to take power himself… Commanding and determined.
LADY MACBETH (f, 35-50)
A high ranking member of the social elite. Devastated by her son’s death at war, she wishes to take revenge on the powers that put him there, and shape her country’s future by her own hands. Ambitious and tactical.
DUNCAN / MACDUFF (any, 35-55)
DUNCAN is the defeated Kaiser, a relic of a fallen empire. Decadent and weak willed.
MACDUFF is a loyal soldier determined to help their country to better days. Steadfast and humble.
BANQUO / LADY MACDUFF (any, 35-55)
BANQUO is a general, well liked and respected by all. Charming and noble.
LADY MACDUFF is new age, excited by the potential of social changes. Free spirited and forward thinking.
MALCOLM (any, 20-30)
MALCOLM is the symbol of the new era, a politician not a soldier. Well spoken and intelligent.
FIRST WITCH (any, 35+)
A grieving widow/widower who lost everything to the conflict. Sorrowful and proud.
SECOND WITCH (any, 20-30)
A young person furious at their country’s destruction and ready to take revenge on any they deem fit. Furious and hungry.
THIRD WITCH (any, 20-30)
A soldier wounded in the war. Wants to enact change, but wary of more bloodshed. Traumatised and considered.