Shepherd's Purse Theatre Company in Tyalgum has secured exclusive rights from Disney Theatrical to stage the NSW premiere production of 'Shakespeare In Love', which has just been announced as the company's offering for the annual Midwinter Shakespeare immersive dinner theatre event at the charming and iconic Flutterbies Cottage Cafe, in the Tweed Hinterland Village for a limited season this July.
Adapted by Lee Hall from the Oscar winning screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, with a musical score by Paddy Cunneen, Shakespeare in Love brings all of the fun, adventure and romance of the hit 1998 movie vibrantly to life.
Over recent years Tyalgum has established itself as one of the leading Arts areas in the hinterland, with regular return performances from such artists as Broadway and West End leading man Hayden Tee, Australia's first lady of the musical stage Rachael Beck, as well as the annual Tyalgum Dance Spectacular which brings Australia's finest dancers to the Tweed region performing at the historic Tyalgum Hall.
Shepherd's Purse has been presenting annual Shakespeare plays in this unique and idyllic venue every year for almost 8 years. The most popular event on Tyalgum's annual calendar, these themed nights encourage guests to dress up and get in the spirit, in the Elizabethan / Medieval theme, with the evening's offerings including a long table banquet dinner, mulled wine in goblets and the play.
The Award winning theatre company were also the recent recipients of the Platinum Palm Award at the 2022 Gold Palm Theatre Awards on the Gold Coast, awarded for Outstanding Service to the Theatrical Community for their production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' last July.
A smash hit when it opened on London's West End in 2014 the play tells the fictional story of young playwright William Shakespeare, penniless, struggling, and tormented by writer’s block until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps, whose fiery passion for poetry and drama leaves her secretly longing to be an actor. . Under the veil of secrecy, Will and Viola’s passionate love affair becomes the basis of the very play he is writing – Romeo and Juliet. With opening night – and the wedding day – fast approaching, will it all work out in the end or are the two star-crossed lovers destined for tragedy?
Shepherds Purse director Solar Chapel says that this is the perfect play to be presenting at this time, "Over the last 8 years of this event we have presented almost all of Shakespeare's best comedies, and Shakespeare in Love seemed the obvious next step'. he said.
'Shakespeare in Love' features a large and predominantly male cast, we are seeking actors and performers to fill many roles. " Said Mr.Chapel. "Experience in speaking Shakespeare is good, but not essential for all roles."
Auditions are by appointment and open for the next 4 weeks. Head to www.shepherdspursetheatre.com.au or call 0488 713 241 to enquire.