Auditions – Merry Wives of Windsor

Auditions MWW

Shakespeare Live’s summer production in 2018 will be The Merry Wives of Windsor, to be performed at Cleeve House near Seend from Monday 2nd to Saturday 7th July.

Auditions will be held on Sunday 21st January 2018 at Cleeve House* from 10am to 4pm

The play offers strong parts for actors of all ages, male and female, including children. The production will also give plenty of scope for those who prefer not to take a large role, with a substantial supporting cast of Windsor residents!

Friends who are familiar with Shakespeare Live and newcomers to the group are equally welcome. Come for whichever part of the day suits you – on arrival we will ask you to complete a short form indicating if possible which part(s) you may be interested in playing. We will ask you to join with other prospective players in reading/performing short extracts from the script – but if you wish to prepare a representative speech from your chosen character we will be happy to hear that as well.

If you would like to be considered for a part but will have difficulty attending the audition please email us:

*Cleeve House is on the A361 Trowbridge to Devizes road, on the right as you approach Seend coming from the Trowbridge direction, postcode SN12 6PG


The Page family

George Page

Mistress Page

Anne Page – their daughter

William Page – their son, a schoolboy


The Ford family

Frank Ford

Mistress Ford

John and Robert – Their servants


Sir John Falstaff

Robin – Falstaff’s page boy

Bardolph, Pistol and Nym – Falstaff’s followers


Sir Hugh Evans – a Welsh parson

Dr Caius – a French physician, suitor for Anne Page

Mistress Quickly – Dr Caius’s housekeeper

John Rugby – Dr Caius’s servant

The Host of the Garter Inn


Fenton – a young gentleman, suitor for Anne Page

Robert Shallow – a country justice of the peace

Abraham Slender – Shallow’s nephew, suitor for Anne Page

Peter Simple – Slender’s servant


Citizens and children of Windsor


Auditions Notice – A Midsummer Nights Dream

msnd-auditionsAuditions are due to take place for the Shakespeare Live summer production of
‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Performance dates will be from July 3rd – 8th 2017 at Cleeve
House, Seend.

Auditions will be held at Cleeve House, Seend, Melksham, Wiltshire SN12 6PG from 10am – 4pm on Sunday January 15th 2017.

The play is to be set in Pre-Christian Athens. The Fairies will be portrayed as elven wood- nymphs.
If you would like to be considered for a part, but are unable to attend the audition, please EMAIL:

If you would like to be considered for a part, but have transport issues, please EMAIL:

If you are struggling to find the venue on the day, please call us on 07780 938107 for directions. Continue reading

A word from The Beard aka Caliban

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As someone who has performed in the odd play or two, I tend to look at a play and decide what would be an interesting part for me to perform – what character represents a challenge? How to meet that challenge? What is the emotional journey? The character quirks and flaws that I can explore? How can I convey these feelings, the subtle thoughts, the motivations, the projected back-history and bring the audience into an empathetic bond with my character? My wife, however, believes I look for the beard. Or indeed for The Tempest, “The Beard” – it deserves capitalisation!

Let me explain, my wife loves me – she loves not The Beard. The fact that The Beard is a part of me, seems to escape her loving notice. It does not, however, escape her critical, Continue reading

Shakespeare Shorts

Shakespeare Shorts PosterAs part of the 400th year celebration of Shakespeare’s Death we had a fantastic weekend performing 6 Short Shows of Shakespeare on the lovely High Street of Corsham and wonderful Lacock School Carpark, to amazing audiences. The weather held out and the atmosphere was fantastic. Here is a little snippet from one of our Actors:

“Well – some notes from an actors perspective:

9.45am – collected by Penny and at the Corsham Town Hall for 10am. Went on a mission to get some food for lunch time and a pepper steak Ginster for Penny. Only just made it back in time – not popular with Gill!

10.30am – ready for the off outside Mountford’s Opticians on Corsham High Street. Reasonable crowd gathering. 

Noon –  3 Corsham performances done and it’s gone pretty well with nice audiences. There was nearly a dogfight during the second performance. So then everything packed into two cars for the trek to Lacock school.

Friendly headmaster gives us refreshments and we set up.  Big BMW parked in the proposed acting area. Will the owner turn up during a performance? Will my voice hold out for 3 more performances of Lear contending with the fretful elephants (sic)?

2pm – We start again. Not such big crowds but appreciative. BMW man turns up during our 5th performance and drives out through audience during Graham’s Malvolio scene. Scenes beginning to blur together we’ve done them so often but we finish all 6 performances and consider the day a success. Chocolate cake to celebrate!” 

Jeremy Reece

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An Ocean of Ariels

It is always a joy for me to share creative projects with others and as a designer/maker I am always happy to share, so here it is, costumes are going really well for The Tempest, we are pulling out some wonderful pieces from our large store of costumes to create a 16th Century court of gentlemen, Greek inspired Island dwellers and this week we had a lot of fun with some dip dyeing for our ocean of Ariels, there is more than one.

I definitely don’t want to give away too much as I love surprises but I did want to share with you the fun we had on a sunny but windy Monday morning outside with big buckets of water and a lot of white muslin fabric.

Here it is in process:

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First rehearsal…

… and the ship sailed majestically – it was the director’s car that got beached! Nothing daunted, Gill steered us through a very full and highly productive day of rehearsal. It was exciting to be getting started properly and meeting up with the rest of the cast, familiar faces and new ones. Good too to start getting to grips with some of the challenges and opportunities of this production – rigging the boat for the opening shipwreck for instance, not to mention the dizzying experience of working with our wonderful chorus of Ariels! What would be the right collective noun? A swarm, a flurry, a breath? Perhaps a gust? Continue reading

Finding a set and having a clean up…

It’s always a great feeling to be ahead of yourself, and getting things done. On Sunday a group of us went to our barn where we keep our set pieces and props and had a good old clean up and rummage to pull together  everything that’s needed for The Tempest’s very creative island set. Here are a few of the pictures of our fun little outing…

Lauren Davis – Assistant Director