We are currently casting for our Autumn 2019 and Summer 2020 seasons. Auditions for As You Like It and The Winter’s Tale will be taking place on 16th and 17th July 2019. More details on all productions follow.

Autumn 2019

We have programmed a diverse season of mainly small cast shows at the Maltings Arts Theatre in St Albans. Casting opportunities are as follows:

AS YOU LIKE IT

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Adam Nichols, with Janet Podd
31st October – 9th November 2019 – Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans
31st August – 19th September 2020 – London venue TBC

1967. Pressured by the generation gap, Rosalind and Orlando escape the city and journey to the Forest of Arden where they are entangled in a beguiling game of love, lust and mistaken identity. The long awaited revival of OVO’s award winning show is a magical trip to the summer of love, complete with live 1960s soundtrack.

Email Adam if you would like to express interest. Click here to download more information.

This production will be recast with open auditions taking place on 16th and 17th July 2019. The show will also transfer to London in 2020 (see below).

THE 39 STEPS

By John Buchan, Adapted by Patrick Barlow
Directed by Stanley Walton
14th – 16th November 2019 – Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have a hilarious, fast-paced and spectacular whodunit. Four actors play a minimum of one hundred and thirty-nine roles in this Olivier and Tony award winning theatrical tour de force.

Email Stanley if you would like to express interest and for more details.

THE YELLOW WALLPAPER – The Pattern of Despair

21st – 23rd November 2019 – Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans
Based on the short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Directed by Sarah Ferdinands

An installation and performance about post-natal depression. Diagnosed with “temporary nervous depression – a slight hysterical tendency” by her physician husband, a woman is confined to an upstairs bedroom. Descending into psychosis at the complete lack of stimulation, she starts obsessing over the room’s yellow wallpaper.

Email Sarah if you would like to express interest. Click here to download more information.

THE CHILDREN

By Lucy Kirkwood
Directed by David Bevan
28th – 30th November 2019 – Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans

Inside a remote cottage on the lonely British coast, a couple of retired nuclear engineers are leading a very quiet life. Outside, the world is in utter chaos. When an old friend turns up at their door, they’re shocked to discover the real reason for her visit.

Email David if you would like to express interest and for more details.

Summer 2020

Following our successful production of Twelfth Night at the Rose Playhouse in London earlier this year, we are planning a six month long programme of work in London next summer. The season, which will involve revivals of previous OVO productions, as well as new work, will run from April to September. We are currently in advanced discussions with a London venue which will be announced soon.

July 2020 will also see our sixth production at the Roman Theatre of Verulamium and our third visit to the world famous Minack Open Air Theatre in Cornwall. Casting opportunities are as follows:

THE WINTER’S TALE

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Adam Nichols and Janet Podd
25th May – 13th June 2020 – London venue TBC
1st – 11th July 2020 – Roman Theatre of St Albans
20th – 24th July 2020 – Minack Theatre, Cornwall

A rich, romantic fable of jealousy, love and redemption. Leontes falsely accuses his wife Hermione of infidelity with his closest friend. He proclaims their newborn daughter a bastard and condemns the innocent to death. But the child, Perdita, survives. A joyous tale culminating in forgiveness, love and happiness. OVO’s new musical Shakespeare spans 16 years, from mafiosi Sicily in the mid 1950s to a wild outdoor music festival in the early 1970s.

Email Adam if you would like to express interest. Click here for more information. Auditions will take place on 16th and 17th July 2019.

HAMLET: HOLD OFF THE EARTH

By Stephen Tomas, after William Shakespeare
Directed by Janet Podd
21 Sep – 10 Oct 2020 – London venue TBC

The King of Denmark is dead. Home for the funeral, his son Hamlet finds preparations already underway for his mother’s marriage to his uncle, Claudius. In retreat from his public role at court, Hamlet finds comfort in the company of his childhood friend, Ophelia, but when the truth of Hamlet’s father’s death is revealed, a cycle of personal betrayal and violence is unleashed that no friendship can survive, and which threatens to bring a nation to its knees. Drawing on the earliest editions of Hamlet, Hold Off the Earth is an original and radical reimagining of Shakespeare’s most famous play.

Email Janet if you would like to express interest and for more details.

Spring and Autumn 2020

We will be programming two six week seasons at the Maltings Arts Theatre in St Albans, running February/March and October/November 2020. The programme is currently being finalised – more details to follow.