Comedy of Errors Casting Call

Paperback Theatre are producing a brand-spanking new production of one of Shakespeare’s most hilarious tales. We’ve one hour and 4 actors to retell this well-loved but convoluted tale - expect fast paced hijinks and silliness!


“A fresh, young company, with wit, imagination and unshakeable confidence. Their shows are hilarious and touching in equal measure.” (Neil Reading, Arena Theatre).


Paperback Theatre is a Birmingham based company producing an eclectic mix of outdoor touring work and new writing shows. During the pandemic we set up the Little but LIVE! Festival in Moseley Park. Each year we produce our own theatre show as part of the festival; The Comedy of Errors is this year’s production. You can find out more about us and our work at

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for actors who are confident performing Shakespearean text, with funny bones and a willingness to multirole - strong vocals and/or instrumental skills are a bonus!


We have not set the makeup of our casting yet, we just want to get the best people possible.  We have no preference in terms of age, gender or appearance. Applicants must have a base in the West Midlands - we would particularly love to work with actors who are from the area originally.

The Important Details:

Rehearsals (Birmingham, Location TBC): Friday 2nd September, Monday 5th - Thursday 8th September, Monday 12th - Thursday 15th September (9 Days total)

Performances (Moseley Park and Pool, Birmingham):

Friday 16th September 1pm (Schools Performance); 4pm (Public)

Saturday 17th September: 2pm

Sunday 18th September: 2pm




How to Apply:

Please complete THIS FORM* and email to along with your CV, headshot and a short letter of application detailing your interest in the project and relevant experience (no more than 1 A4 side), instead of a letter of application you are welcome to provide a voice note or video message (no more than 2 minutes long).


Please note that in recognition of the particular lack of ethnic diversity in outdoor theatre, we are running a confirmed audition scheme and will audition anyone who identifies as being from the global majority as long as they meet the essential criteria - you can opt into this scheme on the application form.



10am Monday 18th July

First round auditions will be held on Monday 25th July & recalls on Wednesday 27th July


*Please note clicking this link will trigger an automatic download of the application form.