Derby Theatre to hold Hansel & Gretel auditions for young people.

Time and venue: Derby Theatre Studio Saturday 18 August, various time slots

Derby Theatre are 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 18 August, 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 Friday 30 November until Saturday 5 January.

Auditions will be held in groups of 20, with time slots at 10.00am, 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.

We are 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 29 October 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. The production will open on Friday 30 November and run until Saturday 5 January.

Sarah Brigham (Artistic Director, 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: simply 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 we will then email you 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 9 or still 16): as long as you are 9 by the time rehearsals start (on Monday 29 October), or are still 16 by Saturday 5 January, you are still ok to audition.

More about Hansel & Gretel

Follow our trail of breadcrumbs into the woods this Christmas for a deliciously festive treat, perfect for ages 7+ and their families and friends.

Hansel and Gretel need to get back home in a hurry, but in the enchanted woods there’s a cottage made entirely of sugary sweets and gorgeous gingerbread, not to mention a wicked witch to contend with. Can Gretel save the day and rescue her brother? And can Hansel leave the lollipops alone and actually help?

Derby Theatre’s Christmas production team bring another magical and enchanting tale to the stage. With lashings of original music, heaps of colourful costumes and a super scrumptious talented team of actor-musicians, Hansel and Gretel cooks up a mouth-watering show.

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