Summer Shakespeare at Western

Join our team!

Western Summer Shakespeare is proud to present Much Ado About Nothing for its 2023 Season!

This charming, funny, and heartwarming Shakespearean comedy is as relevant and topical now as it was when it was first written. It has a double narrative following romantic and realistic relationships that are filled with banter, jealousy and joy. Enemies to lovers. Lovers to enemies, back to lovers. It has everything that you could want.

PLUS it will be presented in 90 minutes, will use a contemporary setting, and be site-specific outdoors in the Beryl Ivey Gardens (on campus, behind Univesity College).

Show Run: July 18-23, 2023

How to apply

We are currently accepting applications for our Production Team and holding auditions both in-person and via online submission.

Production Team

We are looking for passionate, collaborative and creative people who wish to aid in the creation of this production. We are currently looking for the following roles:

  • Stage Manager
  • Assistant Stage Manager
  • Set Designer
  • Costume Designer
  • Sound Designer
  • Production Assistant
  • Director of Marketing & Outreach
  • Graphics Designer
  • Fundraising Manager

Deadline to Apply: March 17, 2023
Zoom Interviews: March 19-20, 2023
Production Team Application

Casting Call

We are holding in-person AND accepting submitted auditions for greater accessibility. We recommend auditioning in-person if you are able.

In-Person Auditions: March 31 - April 2, 2023
Submitted Audition Deadline: March 31, 2023
Casting Call Application:

For more info follow us on Instagram: @shakespeareuwo


Western Summer Shakespeare is a longstanding tradition in the London community. It is outdoor theatre, staged on campus at Western University. The first Western Summer Shakespeare performance took place on 4 August 1981, making it the longest running campus, or indeed outdoor, Summer Shakespeare in Canada - longer than the Dream in High Park by two years!

We welcome participation - both on and off the stage - from students, staff, and friends of Western University, Fanshawe College, and from the wider London community. Auditions are normally scheduled in March-April (before classes end), and the show is rehearsed at Western in May-July. In casting the show, priority should be given to students, though all members of the community are welcome to audition and a diverse cast is welcome. Our productions run typically for five to ten nights, usually during July or early August.


If you have questions about this year’s Western Summer Shakespeare production please email Dr. Jo Devereux, Department of English and Writing Studies:

Previous Summer Shakespeare Productions

2022: Comedy of Errors
2021: Cymbeline

2020: Pandemic Julius Caesar
2019: Twelfth Night
2018: Samson Agonistes
2017: The Tempest
2016: Much Ado About Nothing
2015: As You Like It
2014: Twelfth Night
2013: King Lear
2012: The Winter’s Tale

2011: Antony and Cleopatra
2010: The Merchant of Venice
2009: The Taming of the Shrew
2008: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
2007: Measure for Measure
2006: The Winter's Tale
2005: Twelfth Night
2003: Henry V
2002: As You Like It

2001: Romeo and Juliet
2000: Richard III
1999: Measure for Measure
1996: Twelfth Night
1995: As You Like It
1990: As You Like It
1983: As You Like It
1982: Twelfth Night
1981: A Midsummer Night's Dream