Applications have opened today, 16 May, for Sky Arts’s new theatre initiative Stagestruck, a nationwide search to find the best amateur theatre company in the UK.

Sky Arts StagestruckThe nationwide search will be filmed for a new series, to be broadcast on Sky Arts in 2012.

The competing amateur theatre groups will work with a host of theatre industry professionals from both stage and screen, to win the chance to perform on a West End Stage.

To enter, amateur dramatic societies need to upload an audition video to sky.com/arts of their group performing a short extract from a list of plays which have been preselected by Sky. Glee it most definitely is not, with no musical theatre or modern drama included in the audition list of out-of-copyright plays.

The audition list includes a large number of Shakespeare plays such as Hamlet and Macbeth, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest and An Ideal Husband, Ibsen’s Ghosts, Tennyson’s The Falcon, Sheridan’s The Rivals, Chekhov’s The Seagull, Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops To Conquer, and epic drama from Aeschylus, Aristophanes, Euripides and Sophocles. Entries are open from today until midnight 25th July 2011.

Sky Arts is working with the Little Theatre Guild and NODA, the National Operatic and Dramatic Association, on the programme, which is being produced by Oxford Film and Television.

Nicolas Kent, Creative Director of Oxford Film and TV said: “Stagestruck is more than a talent show: it’s a celebration of how amateur theatre can be a beating heart of communities all across Britain. This is an exciting and ambitious production and we are thrilled to be joining forces with Sky Arts.”

There are more than 2,500 amateur theatre groups in the UK, putting on nearly 30,000 productions a year and attracting audiences of over 8 million people.

LINKS

Sky Arts Website

Stagestruck – List of audition pieces