City theatre to hold open auditions for its big Christmas production

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NEW Theatre Royal is hosting open auditions for the principal characters of its first in-house Christmas show since its re-opening – Beauty and the Beast.

The historic theatre in Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth, is looking for professional musical theatre performers for five of its lead cast, including the roles of Beauty and Beast.

The adaptation of the classic romantic fable transfers the story to the theatre’s local landscape.

It has been written and directed by the theatre’s new chief executive Scott Ramsay.

Scott said: ‘We’re really pleased with how the story works in a Portsmouth setting, from the bustling streets and quays of Old Portsmouth to the Hampshire forests.

‘Given its local nature, we felt that it was important that we host open auditions for local and regional performers to bring it to life.’

Applicants must be available for rehearsals from Monday, November 27 and work until the final show on December 31.

To apply for an audition, applicants need to send a headshot, and a professional theatre CV along with the character they would like to be considered for to

Auditions will take place on Tuesday, July 4 at the theatre.

Further details on the roles available can be found on the theatre’s website.

Beauty and the Beast will run from December 14 to 31.

For more information or to book tickets go to or call the box office on (023) 9264 9000