Thistledown Theatre

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We have now completed auditions for Much Ado About Nothing; however, we are still looking for a few extra members of the chorus. If you'd be interested in joining us, please contact Laurence on hello [at]

Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare's classic comedy about the pitfalls of pride and the absurdity of love. Our production is set in the late Victorian-early Edwardian period of exploration, adventure and scientific endeavor.  

Performances will take place in Oxford, 13-22 July.

The show will be co-directed by Laurence Goodwin and Emily Saddler. 


Please prepare a short (10-20 line) excerpt of your choosing from any of Shakespeare's plays. You do not need to memorise it; we would just like to see you do a bit of Shakespeare which you've had time to prepare. We will then ask you to read from the play in groups. Please plan to arrive at 5 and stay for at least an hour.

Auditions will take place at St. Michael's Church Hall in Summertown from 5-7pm on 22 January. More information about the venue can be found here: Please plan to arrive at 5 at stay for at least an hour. Recalls will be by invitation only on 29 January.

If you are unable to attend the audition, please contact us via our Facebook page (ThistledownTC) or by email ( We are very happy to make arrangements to see you separately at another time in the weeks on either side of the audition date.

Rehearsals & Performances

Rehearsals will take place two-three times per week (most likely Sunday-Thursday) from late April. There will be a read-through and photoshoot in late March/early April. Please come to the auditions with an idea of your availability over this period.

Performances will take place in the garden of Canal House, St. Peter's College in Oxford, 13-22 July. There will be at least one matinee performance. 


Available roles:

Don Pedro
Don John

Members of the chorus will play: Balthasar, Borachio, Conrade, Friar Francis, a Sexton, a Boy and attendants, messengers and the watch.

Casting notes

The role of Beatrice will be played by our Associate Artistic Director, Sarah Pyper. Please note we will consider both male or female actors of all ages for the parts of Dogberry and Verges.