September 12, 2018


Performers are invited to audition for roles in the Wellington Summer Shakespeare production of Hamlet to be staged in the Botanical Gardens in February 2019.  

Please note: This audition process is for general auditions – i.e. all other characters in the play – the role of Hamlet has already been cast. Hamlet is being played by Stevie Hancox-Monk with a mixed gender cast.  

This will be a contemporary, ensemble-based production directed by David O’Donnell, award-winning director, author, lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington and the first person to direct a Summer Shakespeare in the Botanical Gardens in 1990.

Hamlet has never before been performed by Wellington Summer Shakespeare, now in its 36th year. Summer Shakespeare is an excellent opportunity to build your performance skills and to spend summer with a tight-knit ensemble for a spectacular outdoor production.

The opportunity is unpaid.
For more information on Wellington Summer Shakespeare please see our website:

The following audition slots are available:
Sat 13th Oct 10am – 1pm
Sat 13th Oct 2pm – 5pm
Sun 14th Oct 10am – 1pm
Sun 14th Oct 2pm – 5pm

The above slots are group auditions with 10-15 other auditionees and will be approximately three hours. You will be required to perform a monologue in front of the group. Please prepare a 2-3 minute monologue from the play Hamlet for the audition. Any monologue is acceptable (even one from the character of Hamlet). You may also be asked to sight read a scene with another actor. 
Please wear loose, comfortable clothing you can move freely in. This production is open to actors playing across or against the gender they identify as.
Callbacks will be arranged with the participants individually if required.

Rehearsals will be Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Saturdays from the 3rd November. Christmas/New Year break: 23 December 2018 – 6 January 2019. 
Season dates: Friday 15 February – Saturday 2 March 2019.

To book an audition slot please send your acting CV, including a headshot, and contact details to Sam Tippet:  

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