Open auditions are to be held in London and Manchester for this autumn’s major new musical theatre adaptation of the family classic The Wind in the Willows.
Adapted for the stage by the high-powered team of Julian Fellowes, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, The Wind in the Willows is due to receive its world premiere at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth from 8 October until 22 October. The show will then play The Lowry in Salford (26 October–6 November) and Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre (10–19 November).
The producers’ search for strong character actors with excellent singing and dancing skills for both principal and ensemble roles will begin at The Lowry in Salford, Greater Manchester on 22 April. The London auditions will be held on the following day (23 April) at Rambert in South London.
Based on Kenneth Grahame’s timeless tale of Mole, Ratty and Mr Toad, The Wind in the Willows will feature a book by Oscar-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator Fellowes and music and lyrics by the Olivier Award-winning Stiles and Drewe. The trio previously collaborated on the international hit musical Mary Poppins which ran for three years in the West End and six years on Broadway.
Developed and produced by Jamie Hendry Productions and presented in association with Theatre Royal Plymouth, the production is directed by Rachel Kavanaugh with design by Peter McKintosh, choreography by Aletta Collins, lighting design by Howard Harrison and sound design by Gareth Owen. Casting is by Pippa Ailion Casting.
Registration for the Salford auditions will be open from 10am until 11am, and registration for the London auditions will be from 9.30am until 11.30am. All auditionees must be prepared to wait all day to be seen. Applicants should bring piano-vocal sheet music for a musical theatre song that should be performed with a British accent. Backing tracks will not be accepted, a pianist will be provided.
Applicants will also need to provide a recent headshot and completed registration form which can be downloaded in advance from the website, although paper copies will be available on the day. Hopefuls must be available to travel to London for further auditions between 25 April and 27 May, and for production rehearsals from 15 August.