Nottingham actors get chance to perform with RSC

Published: 5 November 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

“Unique opportunity”: Henry VI: Rebellion

Budding Nottingham actors are being invited to perform on the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford in 2022 as part of Henry VI: Rebellion, a major new Royal Shakespeare Company production of Henry VI Part II.

The first half of the play is made up of a series of group scenes, each featuring eight to 12 characters. The second half includes a large pageant in which people rise up in revolt.

The RSC is looking for groups of adults to appear alongside a cast of 26 professional actors at selected performances in April and May 2022.

No previous acting or performance experience is required. The only stipulation is that actors must be aged 18 or over. The aim is to find a diverse group of people who can truly reflect and represent Nottingham on stage with the RSC in Stratford.

David Longford, creative learning manager for Nottingham’s Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall, said, “this is a unique opportunity for people who wouldn’t normally think theatre is for them.

“We’re not looking for experienced actors—we’re looking for anyone who’s keen to meet new people and try something a bit different. Everybody is welcome to come along, find out what’s it’s all about and have a go.”

Rehearsals will take place in the Nottingham area and will be led by RSC assistant directors and practitioners. The Nottingham participants will then rehearse and perform in Stratford for their selected performances from April onwards.

Recruitment for Nottingham actors will take place on Sunday 5 December from 10AM at Take 1 Studios, Hyson Green. Anyone interested should e-mail David Longford at [email protected] or call 0115 989 5531.

Henry VI: Rebellion will run in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from 1 April until 28 May 2022.