Shake­speare show set for sum­mer run


Manawatu¯ Sum­mer Shake­speare will con­tinue its long his­tory in Palmer­ston North next year with a slap­stick and fast-paced play.

Peter Hambleton, Massey Univer­sity’s lat­est Artist in Res­i­dence, is stag­ing Shake­speare’s play The Comedy of Er­rors, and will be hold­ing a cast­ing call next week.

Hambleton said was look­ing for­ward to col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Manawatu¯ com­mu­nity. ‘‘I’m re­ally ex­cited about do­ing it here and I feel like I have some con­nec­tions al­ready around the town that I can pick up on again and put to­gether a strong team. It’s a short Shake­speare and it’s bril­liantly struc­tured, it is re­ally clever and silly, fun and up­lift­ing.’’

Hambleton directed a Sum­mer Shake­speare in Palmer­ston North in 2008 and is pas­sion­ate about de­liv­er­ing ac­ces­si­ble, clear per­for­mances. Hambleton said The Comedy of Er­rors lends it­self to a cast that is re­ally di­verse. ’’We would love to see all sorts of peo­ple at the au­di­tions’’.

Cast­ing will be held on Novem­ber 4 and 5 at Massey Univer­sity’s drama lab. Hambleton said they are also on the look­out for crew mem­bers.

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