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William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (Abridged)

by Austin Tichenor and Reed Martin

Directed by Tom Massey

Australian Premiere

Season: 18th April - 16th May 2020
Preview night 17th April
Friday and Saturday nights at 7.30pm
Sunday matinée at 4.30pm

Auditions by appointment:
10am - 1.30pm 1st February
10am - 3pm 2nd February

Please note that this is an unpaid production.


A brand new Shakespeare play has been discovered in a carpark in Leicester amidst some unimportant old bones. Written when the Bard was just a spotty 17 year old in Stratford, this thrilling manuscript seems to include the first drafts of all of his later body of work that we are familiar with today, all jumbled together in the one 100 hour play! Three Shakespearean enthusiasts have got their hands on the manuscript and are determined to present it to the good people of Sydney for the very first time ever!

This is the follow-up to The Complete Works of Shakespeare, a big success for us five years ago. That production was described as "comic sparkle and brilliance" Sydney Arts Guide, "vigour and inventiveness of the cast is limitless" What's On Sydney, "exuberance of the production is impressive" The Buzz From Sydney, "an unashamedly joyous celebration of the life of William Shakespeare" Performing Arts Hub, and this next production is sure to live up to those high standards!

Puck and Ariel battle it out in quest of the title of best fairy, Cleopatra falls for Eeyore's Bottom, Hamlet finds that Lady M is great at motivating him to be more of a 'to be' Hamlet instead of a 'not to be' Hamlet, while Lear's three daughters the weird sisters predict, incant, and prepare potions on a Scottish Moor. Since the full manuscript is over 100 hours, our gallant band may have to make some cuts during the performance, right before your eyes!


The Genesian Theatre Company is auditioning for three actors to bring this show to life for the very first time in Australia! The play involves just three actors taking on a wide variety of roles so we are open to seeing actors of any age or gender with a knack for Shakespeare and a flair for quick witted repartee with an audience. The play will involve a lot of creative input from the cast as we adapt it to localise it for a Sydney audience. The ability to play a musical instrument e.g. guitar would be of great interest!

Auditions will be by two prepared pieces:

  • one monologue from Shakespeare of your own choice that shows your understanding of his language.
  • one piece of any kind that involves you directly interacting with the audience. We want to see what you do when put in front of an audience and need to interact and joke with them, so this second piece could be a bit of stand up, the best woman speech you made at your brother's wedding, a spot of magic - it's very open.

The audition is not a memorisation test so it's fine to hold your script for these!

Rehearsals will take place at the Genesian rehearsal space at Marrickville, two weeknight evenings and one day on the weekend.

Callbacks will involve grouping actors and playing various Theatresports related games to see how people work together, as a lot of this play requires the actors to quickly impro solutions together.

For more information and to book an audition please email your current CV and headshot to Tom at


We are also looking for an Assistant Director and Stage Manager to work on this production. Please send an expression of interest to Tom with your current CV at

By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd