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New Fortune Theatre
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Auditions for Edward III.
Auditions are this Sunday 1 May at the New Fortune Theatre – 10am to 4pm at 10 minute intervals.
Please book your audition slot here:
You will read a monologue of your choosing (interested in reading with feeling, more than you actually learning the piece), which you will present onstage (dependent on weather). The audition should be painless, and any questions about the play you have can be answered on the day. The plan is to do two sessions before we perform it – one for sense, the other for choices and experiments…with food (to be revealed!). I look forward to seeing you there!
Michael McCall: Director
The play reading will be 7.30pm Sunday 15th May:
Edward, having been persuaded by Robert of Artois that he has rights in France, is about to mount an expedition there, when the Duke of Lorraine brings an order from the French demanding Edward’s allegiance. News also arrives of fresh invasions by the Scots, led by King David, whose gains include the castle where Warwick’s daughter, the Countess of Salisbury, lives.
The Scots are fecklessly arguing over the spoils when the English army arrives and they must retreat. Edward falls in love with the Countess, and asks his secretary Lodowick to write her a courtship letter on his behalf. Edward’s attempt to seduce her is rebuffed. He then invokes Warwick’s oath of loyalty to make him use his influence on her. Warwick reluctantly agrees, and is delighted when she subsequently maintains her opposition.
Edward, in an ill-humour at his lack of progress, is distracted by the arrival of his son, Prince Edward. He sees in his son’s face his wife’s image, and this makes him come to his senses. The Countess approaches him and threatens to kill herself unless he ceases his advances; but her offer is no longer required. Edward expresses respect for her courage, and leaves immediately for France.
The French King John and his son Philip greet their Bohemian and Polish allies, and are told of the arrival of the English fleet. The French are defeated at sea, but regroup on land. French citizens discuss prophecies of impending doom.
The English army makes progress and they confront the French at Crécy. Edward and John parley, and Prince Edward is formally attired for his first battle. The French begin to flee, but the Prince is surrounded. Edward refuses to send him reinforcements, wishing him to prove himself. The Prince wins through and is knighted. The English then continue their pursuit of the French.
Lord Mountford, the Duke of Brittany, wishes to support Edward, and asks Salisbury to carry a symbolic coronet to him. Salisbury needs a safe-conduct pass through the French lines, and asks his prisoner Villiers to visit Charles Duke of Normandy to obtain it, trusting him to return. Charles tries to dissuade Villiers from returning, but Villiers keeps his word. On his way to Calais, Salisbury is taken by the French, but Charles persuades King John to let him continue.
Prince Edward and Audley find themselves surrounded, but they reject three sarcastic French offers to yield. The French army breaks up in disarray at the sight of ravens on the battlefield and the English use of flintstones as weapons—events which had previously been prophesied—and King John and Charles are taken.
Meanwhile, Edward has arrived at Calais, and received the town’s submission, having insisted that the citizens humble themselves. Copland arrives from England, bringing King David as a prisoner. Salisbury also arrives, bringing the allegiance of Mountford, and reports his belief that Prince Edward is defeated. However, almost immediately the Prince arrives with his French prisoners. All parties then return to England.


Starts On

01/05/2022 - 10:00 am

Ends On

4:00 pm

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Auditions, Classic


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