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Do your kids like being in the limelight? If your answer’s ‘Oh yes they the do…’ then this could be a chance for them to take to the stage.

The Creative Team behind the Key Theatre’s panto are looking for three teams of eight children to join the professional adult cast in this year’s pantomime Dick Whittington. This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a professional company and perform on the Key Theatre stage throughout the Christmas period.

No prior performance experience is necessary and auditions are open to anyone aged 10 years or more (as of August 31); loves to sing, dance and act, and would relish the opportunity to gain experience in a professional show.

To apply head to, complete the online application form (or download and print), return it to the Key Theatre box office in person or via email at

Successful applicants must be able to commit to rehearsals throughout November (schedule to be circulated nearer the time) and performances between Thursday 1 December 2016 — Sunday 8 January 2017.

Auditions will last for approximately 2 hours and take place on Sunday September 18 at the Key Theatre in the following timeslots:

Ages 10 – 12 – from 11 am

Ages 13+ – from 2pm

As ever, this year’s panto features a diverse ensemble cast of professional actor-musicians who perform not only the lead roles but also as the live band. Returning this year to play Dame Sarah the Cook is Darren Machin, who played Widow Twankey in last year’s Aladdin and has also appeared on screen in shows such as Silent Witness and Downton Abbey.

Simon Egerton is also back for a fourth consecutive year as composer of the original songs  and also returns as director for a second year. Veteran of the Key Theatre pit, Lewis Hall also returns this year as Musical Director.

Tickets for this year’s panto are now on sale and already selling fast. If you’d like to see the show, now is your chance to get ahead of the rest of the crowd and get the best seats before they sell out. Tickets can be booked online at or at the Key Theatre Box Office: 01733 207239

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