AUDITIONS for Bard in the Yard 2023Henry IV Part 1 meets Star Trek!

Butterfly Creek Theatre Troupe’s Bard in the Yard production is Henry IV, Part 1 by William Shakespeare, directed by Tanya Piejus.

Time & Date:                10 am to 2.30 pm, Sunday, 13 November.

Venue:                           St Ronan’s Presbyterian Church, 234 Muritai Road, Eastbourne.

Contact:                        Email the director Tanya ( for more information, the script, audition pieces, and an audition time.  

Performances:             Muritai School, 166 Muritai Road, Eastbourne on 23-25 February and 2-4 March 2023.

Rehearsals:                   Sunday, 27 November for all cast. Three dates TBC in December 2022 for principal fight choreography, then Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons from 8 January 2023.

Membership:              All cast must be members of the Butterfly Creek Theatre Troupe to perform in this production, membership is $17 per person or $27 for whole family.


Captain’s personal log, star date 1402.8. I am increasingly troubled by continuing news of rebellion brewing on Vulcan. The latest intelligence from our informants on the planet confirms that the rebel faction has been treating in secret with the Klingons and Andorians and an unprecedented alliance appears to be forming between the three peoples that poses a critical threat to the Federation. I am also concerned by reports that my son, a Lieutenant on this starship, has been confined to his quarters for the third time due to drunkenness and dereliction of duty. He seems to be spending an inordinate amount of time in the ship’s bar, the Targ’s Head, with Lieutenant Falstaff and the other engineering crew.

Yes, this is Shakespeare meets Star Trek in Eastbourne! Every role is open to cross-casting in this Roddenberry-inspired take on one of Shakespeare’s most accessible history plays with laughs, intrigue, a singing Welshwoman, and a huge battle scene.

Roles highlighted in yellow will have to learn and perform fight choreography. This will be assessed during auditions for these roles.


The Court/The Bridge Crew

Henry IV, King of England/Captain Bollingbroke – 45+, worn down by the worries of command, regal, proud and somewhat aloof.

Sir Walter Blunt/Lieutenant Commander Blunt – 30+, loyal and trusted advisor to Henry and valuable warrior.

Earl of Westmorland/Commander Westmorland – 30+, nobleman, military leader and advisor to Henry.

Lord John of Lancaster/Ensign Lancaster – late teens/early 20s, Hal’s younger brother, wise and valiant in battle, despite his youth.

Eastcheap/The Targ’s Head

Prince Harry/Lieutenant Hal – early 20s, King Henry IV’s son, who will eventually become King Henry V, enjoying a misspent youth but has secret plans to transform himself into a noble prince, simultaneously deceitful and heroic.

John Falstaff/Falstaff – 50+, corpulent waster who spends more time in the bar than doing his work, friend of Hal’s but also the butt of his jokes, quick-witted.

Poins, Bardolph and Peto – teens+, ne’er-do-wells who hang out with Falstaff and Hal.

Hostess, Mistress Quickly – manages the bar.

Vintner, Sheriff, First Carrier, Second Carrier, Gadshill, Chamberlain, Ostler, Travellers, Thieves – small speaking roles.

The Rebels

Henry Percy, called Hotspur – early 20s, the son and heir of the Earl of Northumberland, Hal’s archrival, fierce in battle, quick-tempered and impatient, obsessed with honour and glory.

Thomas Percy, Earl of Worcester – 40+, Hotspur’s uncle, shrewd and manipulative, the mastermind behind the Percy rebellion.

Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland – 40+, Hotspur’s father, conspires and raises troops on the Percy side but ultimately proves to be a coward.

Lady Hotspur, called Kate – early 20s, Hotspur’s wife and Mortimer’s sister.

Owen Glendower – 45+ leader of the Welsh rebels, well read, educated and capable in battle, mysterious and superstitious.

Lord Mortimer – 25+, Glendower’s son-in-law and Hotspur’s brother-in-law, had a strong claim to the throne of England before King Henry overthrew the previous king, Richard II.

Archibald, Earl of Douglas – leader of the large army of Scottish rebels, fierce and deadly.

Sir Richard Vernon – relative and ally of the Earl of Worcester.

Servant, Messengers – small speaking roles.

Welsh lady – must be able to sing (in this production, her song will be in Klingon).

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