Auditions to be held for Hansel and Gretel youngsters at Derby Theatre

Derby Theatre
Derby Theatre

Derby Theatre is looking for young people aged 9-16 to be in their big family-friendly production for the festive season, Mike Kenny’s adaptation of the classic tale Hansel & Gretel.

On Saturday, August 18, group auditions will be held for young people who are interested in appearing in the production, which will run in the Main House at Derby Theatre from November 30 until January 5.

Auditions will be held in groups of 20, with time slots at 10am, 11.15am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm - each session will last for one hour. Young people will take part in a range of drama exercises and games and be asked to sing in a group. Please wear comfortable clothes and footwear and bring along a bottle of water for refreshment. Previous experience in performing is not essential.

Derby Theatre is looking for three teams of six young actors, aged between 9 and 16 to play a range of roles. Each team will perform on different dates during the run.

Following the auditions, those successfully selected will be asked to work for on an introductory rehearsal on a Saturday with director, Sarah Brigham. The main rehearsals, with the professional company of actors, will then start

on the week commencing Monday, October 29, and each team of young actors will be required to rehearse twice a week during the whole rehearsal period, plus Saturdays.

Additional rehearsals may take place as the production nears to opening.

Sarah Brigham, artistic director at Derby Theatre and director of Hansel and Gretel, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to gain audition experience and to perform alongside a professional company of actors. Hansel and Gretel is going to be a superb, sumptuous and magical production for the whole family to enjoy and I am looking forward immensely to a young company of local actors being an integral part of our Christmas show once again this year. So, if you are enthusiastic, a great team player and eager to perform and showcase your talent, then we look forward to hopefully seeing you at the auditions.”

How to book an audition slot

Parents and guardians can call the box office on 01332 593939, ask to book a place for your preferred time slot and register the details of your son/daughter/young person. Once you have booked a slot, you will then be emailed with more information. For any questions you may have once you have received the additional information please email

Please note: For those wishing to audition who are at the younger and older ends of the scale (i.e. not yet nine or still 16), as long as you are 9 by the time rehearsals start (on October 29), or are still 16 by January 5, you are

still fine to audition.