Auditions in August for Mary Stuart – see below:

Auditions take place in advance of productions to allow the Director to assemble the cast.  Each Director has his/her own way of auditioning; some prefer to read straight from the text, others choose to try improvisation; some a mixture of both.  Auditions can often be a lot of fun, and gives an actor a chance to try out for different parts.

At Theatre 62 we like to welcome new faces to the stage as well as longer-standing regulars.  Most auditions are ‘open’, which means non-members are welcome to come along and audition. If you are successful you will need to join Theatre 62 (for a small fee) as a Full Member.

Auditions are held at Wickham Theatre Centre, click here for location information


Auditions for Mary Stuart

by Friedrich Schiller, adapted by Peter Oswald. Directed by John Oakenfull

Thursday 13th August

Monday 17th August

Friday 28th August

All at 8 p.m. in the rehearsal room

Performances: Monday 22 – Saturday 27 February 2016

Imagine a country where people go in fear of religious fundamentalism, a country where an idealistic young man may be groomed by his country’s enemies to commit an act of terrorism, a country where a political refugee may be imprisoned for years without trial.

Schiller’s exciting classic play Mary Stuart, portrays England in the Sixteenth Century rather than the Twenty-first, but provides us with insights into our own time as much as that of the Tudors and Stuarts. We shall be using Peter Oswald’s robust modern translation which has been a hit both in the West End and on Broadway, where it gained seven Tony Award nominations.

I shall want to be fairly flexible as regards actual and playing age, and in bringing out the parallels between the Tudor society and our own I would like to encourage both female and male actors to consider auditioning for some of the roles which were originally specifically male. We’re not going to be silly though. I’m not really expecting to see budding drag stars to portray Mary Queen of Scots or Queen Elizabeth I!

Famously, the play includes a meeting between the two queens which did not in fact take place.

It shows the plots and political machinations leading to Mary’s execution, but was she really the tragic victim as she is often portrayed, or an accomplished politician who finally runs out of options?


Name   Age considerations
ELIZABETH, Queen of England Casting of these characters needs to be gender-specific Mary was actually in her early 40s at this time, and Elizabeth about 50 but we’re not going to fuss
MARY STUART, Queen of Scots, a Prisoner in England
HANNAH KENNEDY, her Nurse Similar age to Mary or older
WILLIAM CECIL, Lord Burleigh, Lord High Treasurer 40s or older
ROBERT DUDLEY, Earl of Leicester Elizabeth’s younger suitor – 30s?
SIR EDWARD MORTIMER, Paulet’s Nephew Youngish – 20s/30s
O’KELLY, Mortimer’s Friend Similar age to Mortimer
GEORGE TALBOT, Earl of Shrewsbury Casting of these characters need not be exclusively male. I think we can be flexible with the ages of these characters. Some will not have many lines and may be merged or doubled, and if cast you will be appearing in various court scenes.
SIR WILLIAM DAVISON, Secretary of State
COUNT L’AUBESPINE, the French Ambassador
COUNT BELLIEVRE, Envoy Extraordinary from France.
SIR ANDREW MELVIL, Mary’s House Steward
SIR DRUGEON DRURY, another Keeper of MARY

In Word format: Audition Notice for Mary Stuart at T62

Auditions will be held in the Rehearsal Room at Theatre 62. If you can’t manage any of the dates, please let me know (telephone 020 8290 0266 or email and I’ll be happy to arrange an alternative time for you to read.

John Oakenfull, Director.