Men required for Masque’s Love’s Labours Lost this summer

This summer, Northampton’s oldest Amateur Dramatics group, Masque Theatre, return to Northampton’s stunning Abington Park Museum for their Summer Shakespeare. This year it’s the turn of Love’s Labours Lost.

Note from Editor: The roles advertised here have now been filled. Visit to keep an eye out for further auditions.

Auditions were held last week at the group’s rehearsal studio, but while Director Beverley Webster has put together a cast of exceptional local amateur performers, there are two roles that have yet to be cast.

In this modernised version of one of the lesser known of Shakespeare’s comedies we meet four guys who vow to give up women, excessive food and sleep in order to study for three years. As if this isn’t hard enough, almost immediately four gorgeous girls arrive hoping to meet with the guys on urgent business and needing a place to stay.

Woven into the plot are a variety of familiar comedy characters: the pompous schoolmistress, the dim-witted policeman and the dithering vicar, alongside wily servants and a comedy Spaniard, all stock characters from commedia dell’arte, the ancestor of our pantomime tradition.

The cast announced this morning includes Nicola Osborne (The Duchess of Malfi, Woman in Mind) as Princess, Julia Langley (Defying Gravity, and shortly to be seen in White Cobra’s The Graduate) as Rosaline, Mairead Kearins (The Duchess of Malfi, Hamlet) as Maria, Amelia Litchfield makes her debut for the group as Katherine, James Lickman (The Duchess of Malfi, Hamlet) as Berowne and Alistair Way (Antony & Cleopatra, Journey’s End) as Longaville.

Love’s Labours Lost also includes Lou Chawner as Costard, Victor Guse as Armando, Owen Warr as Nathaniel, Kevin Pinks as Dull, Gemma Knight as Boyet, Jan Stoppani as Holofernes, April Pardoe as Moth and Di Wyman as Jaquenetta.

The roles left to be filled are plum ones – The King and Dumaine who are both part of the play’s central love story. For the King, Webster is looking for a male actor with playing age 30-40, while for Dumaine she seeks a male actor with playing age 18-25.

If you are interested in the roles in this community production, please get in touch with Beverley Webster by emailing If you are interested in helping out backstage with the production, please email

Love’s Labours Lost runs from 25 July – 3 August 2019 at 7.30pm (no performance 28 July) in the open air in the courtyard of Abington Park Museum, Northampton. Tickets are only available on the door each evening. For more information, visit Masque Theatre’s website, or find the group on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.