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OLIVER is bringing the streets of Victorian England to Peterborough…

Calling all youngsters who fancy taking to the stage – here’s your chance to join RARE Productions next show at The Cresset.

The timeless classic OLIVER! will be running from March 15 – 17 next year and they’re looking for local performers to join the cast.

Open auditions will be taking place on Thursday November 30 at The Cresset from 5pm – 7pm and Sunday December 3 at The Cresset from 2pm – 5pm.


Consider yourself at home with Lionel Bart’s classic musical based on Charles Dickens’ novel, Oliver Twist. The Tony and Olivier Award-winning show is one of the few musicals to win an Academy Award for Best Picture and is widely hailed as a true theatrical masterpiece by actors and audience members alike.

The streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft that he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr Brownlow takes him in.


The auditions for this well loved show will run for about 20-30 minutes. Young people are auditioned in groups of 10-12, and will be taught an excerpt from a song from the show, a short dance routine and will be asked to read a short piece of dialogue.

There’s no need to prepare anything. Just be sure to wear comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for dancing – they can’t allow anyone to audition in socks or bare feet. It’s all very relaxed and informal and there’s no need to book an audition – just turn up in the time slot appropriate to your age.

These are as follows:

Thursday November 30

5pm – 6pm (8 – 12 year olds)

6pm – 7pm (13 – 21 year olds)

Sunday December 3

2pm – 3.30pm (8-12 years old)

3.30pm – 5pm (13-21 years old)

RARE, the UK’s largest youth musical theatre company, produce full shows on real stages and offers the ideal opportunity to work in the widest variety of professional theatres with over 12 years experience and more than 200 productions performed.

For more information on auditions and shows visit or contact them on 01767 681049 or

Photos: By kind permission of Music Scope


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