Thursday, September 8, 2016

Cast announced for School of Rock in the West End

Casting was announced today for School of Rock, The Musical – featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and a book by Julian Fellowes, which will run at the New London Theatre from October 24 to February 12, 2017.

David Fynn is to lead the cast, alongside Preeya Kalidas, Florence Andrews and Olivier Jackson, while Gary Trainor will understudy for Fynn.

A nationwide search was undertaken earlier this year to find the three teams of talented young performers for School of Rock in the West End, resulting in the casting of 39 talented young performers alternating in the following roles:

  • Zack: Tom Abisgold (12 years old from Ashton Hayes), Toby Lee (11 years old from Priors Marston) and Jake Slack (12 years old from Chesham).
  • Freddy: Bailey Cassell (11 years old from Dagenham), Jude Harper-Wrobel (10 years old from Kings Langley) and Noah Key (12 years old from Bridgnorth).
  • Lawrence: Giles Carden (12 years old from Cobham), Oscar Francisco (12 years old from Coventry) and James Lawson (12 years old from Chiswick).
  • Katie: Selma Hansen (13 years old from Willesden), Lois Jenkins (11 years old from Lewisham) and Sophia Pettit (13 years old from Morden).
  • Summer: Isabelle Methven (12 years old from Harpenden), Lucy Simmonds (11 years old from Waterlooville) and Eva Trodd (11 years old from Bromley).
  • Marcy: Madeleine Haynes (12 years old from Barnet), Leah Levman (10 years old from Chiswick) and Natasha Raphael (10 years old from Ealing).
  • Shonelle: Jaydah Bell-Rickets (10 years old from New Cross), Shoshana Ezequiel (12 years old from Watford) and Ameila Poggenpoel (10 years old from Formby).
  • Sophia: Lola Moxom (11 years old from Rochester), Mia Roberts (11 years old from Shoreditch) and Grace Schneider (11 years old from Maida Vale).
  • Tomika: Nicole Dube (11 years old from Colchester), Amma Ris (11 years old from Haringey) and Adithi Sujith (9 years old from Wembley).
  • Billy: Jobe Hart (9 years old from Buckingham), Joshua Vaughan (10 years old from Birmingham) and Logan Walmsley (10 years old from Buckingham).
  • Mason: Presley Charma (9 years old from Teddington), Lucas Chow (12 years old from Willesden) and Ben Dawson (11 years old from Portsmouth).
  • James: Bradley Bissett (11 years old from Ramsgate), Denzel Eboji (12 years old from Dagenham) and Sonny Kirby (11 years old from Welwyn Garden City).
  • Madison: Zachary Dowlatshahi (19 years old from Teddington), Harry Egerton (11 years old from Halesowen) and Jacob Swann (11 years old from Greenwich).

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Casting call for Northern boys aged 9 - 12 years


David Pugh Productions will be holding auditions for the role of Nathan for the UK tour 2016/17

Boys between 9 - 12 years old
Height: Under 4'10''
Natural cheeky lads with a northern accent (preferably Sheffield and surrounding areas) 
Hair colour:  Dark blonde - dark brown

Please Email
With recent Photo, Height, D.O.B, Location and any relevant experience

 You must pre register.....

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Kinky Boots Auditions for Children

Debbie O'Brien Casting are looking for two boys for roles in the West End Production 2016-17 of KINKY BOOTS at the Adelphi Theatre, London.

Producer: Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig
Director / Choreographer: Jerry Mitchell
Book: Harvey Fierstein

Music & Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper
UK General Manager: Playful Productions UK

KINKY BOOTS is the unforgettable Broadway sensation with music by Tony® and Grammy®-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS features a book by Tony®-winning theatre legend Harvey Fierstein and direction and choreography by Tony® winner Jerry Mitchell. It tells the story of Charlie Price, who inherits his father's shoe factory in Northampton. Looking to save the family business, Charlie turns to a fabulously fashionable new friend — cabaret star Lola — who gives him an outrageous idea that could change both of their destinies. An exuberant story about finding friendship, inspiration and passion where you least expect, KINKY BOOTS proves that you change the world when you change your mind.

We are casting boys to play the following roles :

Male, to play 8-10, black/African-American. MUST BE UNDER 4 feet 5 inches (135cm). This is Lola as a ten year old boy, whose father wants him to be a boxer, but he already knows he’s destined to wear high heels. He appears in the opening and closing sequences. Must have a great voice and be comfortable WEARING HIGH HEELS during the show.

Male, to play 8-10, Caucasian. SHOULD BE 4 feet 5 inches (135cm) OR UNDER. This is our lead as a ten year old boy. Lost, quiet, reflective. He appears in the opening and closing sequences. Must have a great, strong voice.

Schedule 9, Part 1 of the Equality Act 2010; (Occupational Requirements) applies


Rehearsals in London w/c 1st August 2016;
Playing from
w/c 15th August 2016 through until Saturday 24th January 2017
Auditions will be from 24th May 2016, in London

Submissions with recent photo and cv
or information including any training, height, age and home location to :

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Friday, February 26, 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Casting news

Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni and Paul Thornley will lead the cast as Harry, Hermione and Ron, as part of a company of forty-two in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which will receive its world premiere in London’s West End at the Palace Theatre this summer.

Rehearsals have now begun and the full forty-two strong cast has been revealed.

The seven children who will alternate between roles are:

12 year old Cristina Fray (represented by Sylvia Young Agency) from London, who previously played Matilda for a year at the Cambridge Theatre.

Rudi Goodman (represented by Curtis Brown), whose previous theatre credits include Kenneth Branagh's A Winter's Tale, Coriolanus, and Billy Elliot.

Bili Keogh (Sylvia Young Agency) who last year appeared in Medea at The Gate Theatre.

Dylan Standen (represented by Byrons Management) from Crouch End, who made his theatre debut aged 10 in Jerusalem at the Apollo Theatre, and went on to play Mike Teevee in the West End production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Zoe Brough (represented by Curtis Brown) who trains at Jackie Palmer Stage School, played Iris in the Royal Court's production Nether, and went on to play Blousey Brown in Bugsy Malone at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith.

Nathaniel Smith, (represented by Williamson & Holmes) who appeared in A Doll's House at the Young Vic in 2013.

and newcomer Christiana Hutchings.

The young cast includes Cherrelle Skeete, Tom Milligan, Sam Clemmett, Jeremy Ang Jones, Annabel Baldwin, Anthony Boyle, Jack North, James Le Chacheur, Claudia Grant, Joshua Wyatt, and Tom Mackley.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, the new play is
written by Jack Thorne and directed by Olivier and Tony award winner John Tiffany.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. Here's the official synopsis:

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places. 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be directed by John Tiffany with movement by Steven Hoggett, set designs by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, music by Imogen Heap, casting by Julia Horan, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry, special effects by Jeremy Chernick, illusions by Jamie Harrison and music supervision by Martin Lowe.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender‘s Playground Entertainment and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

School of Rock - The Musical

Following its triumphant Broadway opening, the West End production of School of Rock - The Musical is coming to London

Online auditions are now open to children under five feet tall and resident in the United Kingdom.

Based on the smash hit 2003 film of the same title, School of Rock features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater and a book by Julian Fellowes.
Down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star Dewey Finn poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school to make ends meet. When he discovers his students’ musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands.

To submit your audition visit the School of Rock - The Musical website and submit using the online form.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Husbands & Sons casting call for young actors

3 or 4 boys are wanted to play JACK in the Royal Exchange Theatre's production of Husbands & Sons in February & March 2016


DH Lawrence’s trilogy of mining dramas; The Daughter-in-Law, A Collier’s Friday Night and The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd have been adapted by Ben Power and conflated into a single play. A co-production between the National Theatre and the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, it has now opened in London at the NT Dorfman. The play interweaves the stories of the Holroyds, the Gascoignes and the Lamberts in their mining community in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire. It will transfer to the Royal Exchange Theatre in February 2016 and casting director Jerry Knight-Smith is looking to cast the role of 8 year old JACK with a rota of either 3 or 4 child actors from the Manchester area.


There will be various rehearsal days from Friday 5th February onwards.. The busy technical rehearsal & previews week (beg.15th Feb) falls conveniently in half term. First preview performance is Friday 19th Feb. Press night Tues 23rd Feb. It’s a 4 week run. 8 shows per week. Matinees on Thurs & Sats. (midweek matinees require authorised absence from school) Final performance Sat 19th March 2016. Boys would perform 2 or 3 times per week.


Auditions will be held at the Royal Exchange during the week beginning 30th November. There will be both a first round and then selected recalls. (It’s possible that some of these auditions may require a short authorised absence from school - more details on that to be confirmed) Sections of recall auditions may be filmed purely for internal casting purposes. This footage will be deleted after use and will require your written consent first.


JACK (male actor aged 7 – 11yrs)

JACK has around 35-40 spoken lines, requiring confident young performers with some spoken word stage experience. An East Midlands accent (Nottingham/Derby) is ideal but a non-urban Manchester or Lancashire will be acceptable. He is scripted as 8 years old. Boys of 9, 10 or 11 MUST look and feel young for their age.

IMPORTANT - suggestions of all ethnicities are positively encouraged.

Boys MUST live within easy commuting distance of central Manchester.

Jack is the son of Lizzie & Charles Holroyd in a working class miners’ community. He’s resentful of his father who drinks and brings other women home from the pub, neglecting his family. He yearns for a father figure which he sees in Lizzie's friend and admirer, an electrician called Mr. Blackmore.


Child performers will be paid a fee per session (rehearsal and performance) plus reasonable travel costs for parents to and from the theatre. All child performers at the Royal Exchange are properly licensed and will be in the care of registered & licensed professional chaperones.


If you are the parent, teacher, drama tutor of a boy who would like to be considered for audition, please send an email to with the following details:

1. Boy’s Name

2. A recent photograph - Headshot Preferably

3. Name of parent or carer

4. Boy’s height

5. Date of Birth

6. Address & Postcode, phone number and email address

7. Details of experience (school, drama clubs etc…)

This will be a selective process (as with professional adult casting) so the casting team will be in touch by Weds 25th November if they'd like to arrange an audition.

For further details visit The Royal Exchange