Interested candidates submit a self-tape, delivering a Shakespeare speech. Based on the submissions received, we choose a play and cast it across age and gender lines. The cast members receive electronic copies of their (hour-long, adapted) script. They are sworn to secrecy about the play that has been selected and the role they will perform. They have a month to learn their lines. At 10am on the morning of the performance, the cast meets for the first time and rehearse the show. That evening, an audience attends the production with no idea about which of Shakespeare's plays will be performed or who will be playing the various roles until the first lines of the performance are spoken.
Founded by Ellie Moon in April 2016, Secret Shakespeare aims to empower the actor, who is given the opportunity to delve into a rich text and to participate in a project of passion along with a talented and committed group of fellow actors, without having to make a serious structured time commitment. The process generates an energy and freshness that comes through in the evening’s singular performance. Secret Shakespeare casts across gender and age lines, with the aim of interrogating protagonism in Shakespeare's plays.
The previous two installments of Secret Shakespeare were an enormous success. The most recent performance last July was of King Lear, which featured Christine Horne in the title role, along with an outstanding cast of actors. The third instalment will be directed by Mikaela Davies, produced by Ellie Moon, featuring original music by Quinn Jacobs and the following cast:
Gugun Deep Singh
Paul Van Dyck
Richard Sheridan Willis
Join us on Tuesday, December 6th, to see the Secret Shakespeare play this team have been working! Tickets are Pay What You Can – with proceeds donated to Street Haven Women’s Shelter.