THE Harlequin Players are already preparing for their spring productions.
Early in the New Year will be Henry V, Shakespeare’s inspiring story of the playboy Prince Hal and his transformation into the war hero of the Battle of Agincourt.
His famous speech – “Once more unto the breach, dear friends” – continues to inspire patriotic passions and rouse the nation.
Director Gordon Hamlin, fresh from his success with Forgotten Voices, wants anybody interested in stepping into the breach and taking part to get in touch.
People will be welcome whether they want to act on stage or assist behind the scenes.
The first read-through of the play takes place tonight (Nov 12) at the Harlequin Theatre on Queen Street at 7.45pm.
Auditions will be held next Wednesday (Nov 19) at the same time and place. All will be welcome – even if they have been unable to attend the reading.
Henry V will be on stage February 25-28.
For those who enjoy combining dance and comedy, Stepping Out will be on stage from April 22-25.
Lucy Cruddas, currently rehearsing the star role of Eliza Doolittle in their December production of Shaw’s Pygmalion, will direct and is holding a “very open” reading on Wednesday January 14 at the theatre, with auditions on the following Wednesday (Jan 21).
Anyone interested in finding out more about the Harlequins, with a chance to look behind-the-scenes and get involved, is invited to go along to the Open Day on Sunday January 18 from 2-5pm at the theatre, or to visit their website at www.harlequinplayers.co.uk