SHAKESPEARE's "Henry V," on

Saturday, January 19, 2019, from 2-4 pm.  

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All actors ages 5-25 are invited to audition for a production of "Henry the Fifth" like no other. Set in a dystopian future, Shakespeare's classic tells the story of two warring kingdoms, and a young ruler who seeks the exceptional. Fierce, involved, and passionate, and drawing upon some of the most transcendent language in all of Shakespeare's work, this will be an experience not to be forgotten. 

As always, this production will be cast both race and gender blind. The only changes to Shakespeare's original words will be length-based edits and alterations of gendered pronouns, if necessary. This play is likely to include an ensemble cast, in which single actors play several of the play's many roles.

This production will also include live music.

PARENTAL CAUTION: This is a violent play, which includes betrayal, battle, and graphic descriptions. These themes will be discussed openly with our young actors. This is not G-rated theatre, although actors under the age of 10 will not be included in the more intensive workshop portions. As with some of the Bards' more realistic plays, parents of our youngest actors can elect to not have their children view the entire play to avoid depictions of death. However, this play does include a scene in which young children are killed (this is in the original text). This will be handled carefully, and in such a way as to make your young actor feel safe.

When: January 19, 2019, 2:00 - 4:00 pm. If necessary, callbacks will be held immediately following initial auditions.

Where: The Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham, 4300 Hampton Heights Dr, Birmingham, AL 35209.

What to bring: A resume and headshot, and a monologue no shorter than one minute, no longer than four minutes in length. If you are interested in performing as musician, you should also come prepared to sing and/or play an instrument.


All Bards productions are cast race-blind. Interracial relationships have been regularly and positively represented since the inception of Bards of Birmingham.

Most Bards productions have also been cast gender blind, except where the script called for specific romantic combinations.  

Bards of Birmingham has always been, and will continue to be, a safe space for members of the LGBTQ community; LGBTQ actors are welcome!

All Bards actors must be prepared to dedicate significant time OUTSIDE of rehearsal to preparation for the show (roughly 3-5 hours/week). If their time schedule is such that they cannot commit this time, they should not audition.

Audition procedure:

Bring the following items with you to auditions:

  • A memorized monologue. This monologue should be no shorter than one minute, no longer than four minutes. Shakespeare is preferred but not required.

  • A head shot. This doesn't have to be a professional head shot, but needs to accurately represent what you look like.

  • A resume. Highlight your acting and/or dancing experience, but please keep in mind that Bards of Birmingham does not require acting experience in order to be cast. A committed novice actor would be preferred over a lackluster experienced actor.

Actors will be called back one at a time to perform for audition judge(s). If casting decisions can't be concluded with an initial round of auditions, actors may be asked to come back for a callback audition round which will include cold readings from the script.


For every actor under 18, at least one parent must be present for a mandatory parent meeting on Saturday, February 2, at 9:30 am.


Rehearsals will take place on Monday nights, some Wednesday nights, and Saturday afternoons from February - May. The play will be performed the first two weekends of May 2019.