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SAFFRON Walden's theatrical company Shake-a-Leg gave a storm warning this week for its next prestigious co-production to be staged at the Town Hall in November. For all but four of the roles in it's most ambitious project, William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet", will be offered to local talent following auditions to be held in June, including those of the star-crossed lovers themselves.

The production will be directed by acclaimed professional director Robert J. Williamson of the the British Shakespeare Company, and will cost around 25,000 to stage. Shake-a-Leg is preparing an appeal to anyone with an interest in live theatre. Businesses and individuals will be encouraged to support the venture however they can. Said Sara: "They could sponsor something specific like an actor, a piece of scenery or a rehearsal space. Last time Henry V cost 41,000 and we made a profit of 950. This time we were hoping to get a Big Lottery grant but this seems unlikely at the moment although we will keep trying."


Link to the British Shakespeare Company website here:


Auditions for acting roles have now been concluded, and these will be followed by workshops in September, October and November. It is not too late for people to get involved with this exciting project in other ways, however. Anyone interested should contact Shake-a-Leg by using the online application form accessed at the link above. Anyone interested must be fully available for the following dates:


9th and 10th September
7th and 8th October
21st and 22nd October
28th and 29th October

Weekend Workshops with Producer/Director

1st to 14th November as required, evenings only


12th and 13th November

Set build (not necessary for actors)

15th November

Technical Dress Rehearsal and First Performance

16th to 19th November

Performances including Matinees