Casting call: Macbeth
A casting director (usually abbreviated to CD) is responsible for choosing the actors who will play each part in a film, theatre or TV production. They will receive hundreds of audition tapes and CVs from aspiring actors. From these they will select a few to show to the overall director of the production. Between them, the CD and the director will make the final choice of who gets each part.
For this activity you are going to take on the role of the casting director for a new theatre production of Macbeth. Your first job is to choose who will play the male protagonist, Macbeth.
From your reading of the play, jot down notes on what you think about Macbeth as a character. You could use some of the following questions to help you:
You can download the casting sheet below and use it to make notes on each of the actors.
Then write an email to the director of the production to make your recommendation. The email should include:
Interview with a casting director
Find out how a real casting director chooses the right person for the role here.