The Happy Prince

Callout for LGBTQIA+ Actors

Happy Prince Casting callout
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LGBTQIA+ Actors Callout: The Happy Prince (Musical, Family Show)

We are casting 3 LGBTQIA+ actors for our upcoming R&D and public performance sharings of The Happy Prince, adapted from Oscar Wilde’s short story.

About the Project:

The Happy Prince has been commissioned by Watford Palace Theatre to be presented at their annual outdoor arts festival Imagine Watford. We will be creating a queer, family adaptation of this classic short story, using puppetry, storytelling and a folk-pop fusion of music and song. The show is aimed at 7–11-year-olds and their families. Following a period of R&D and public sharings at Imagine Watford 2021, we hope to tour the show in 2022.

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Creative Team:

Writer & Director: Joseph Winer

Music Composition & Puppetry: Alice Hope Wilson

Movement & Puppetry Direction: Jo Fiejó

Casting Breakdown

Essential: Some experience in family/children’s theatre, puppetry, outdoor theatre and/or musical theatre; experience working with text/new writing; strong singing skills; interested in queer storytelling and LGBTQIA+ narratives; interested in working with a young theatre company and early career theatre-makers

Desirable: Connection with Watford, Hertfordshire, North London or surrounding areas; some experience in devising; experience working on the development of a show in its early stages; experience working with young people aged 7-11

  1. The Happy Prince

Male or Non-Binary // Strong Singer (Alto/Tenor/Bass) // Playing Age 18-35


The Prince grew up in a wealthy palace and had no interaction with the outside world. After a spoilt and naïve childhood, they now stand tall over the town centre and witness all the town’s suffering.


  1. The Swallow


Male or Non-Binary // Strong Singer (Any Range) // Playing Age 18-35

NB: We are looking to cast someone who is a first, second or third generation immigrant.


The Swallow is travelling home for the Winter, when their journey is delayed as they notice the Happy Prince’s tears. They begin to fall in love with the Prince, and help to deliver jewels to the townspeople.


  1. Narrator


Female or Non-Binary // Strong Singer (Tenor/Alto/Soprano) // Playing Age 18-35


Invites the audience into the story and also plays several other characters in the town. They should be a compelling storyteller with lots of warmth and a lively energy.


All 3 actors will multi-role as other characters in the story, and each actor will take on both puppetry and non-puppetry roles.

We actively support and encourage people from a variety of backgrounds to apply and help shape the project. We are particularly keen to receive applications from Black, Asian and Global Majority people. We also encourage applications from those who self-identify as disabled, including those identifying as neurodivergent, autistic or as having autism, as having learning disabilities or differences, or mental health conditions.

If you have any access needs please do let us know how we can support and we are happy to have conversations about reasonable adjustments.

Fee: £1400 calculated at £100 p/day for 14 days (13 rehearsal + 1 performance day)



Tuesday 29th June – Thursday 1st July, 10am-6pm

Monday 5th – Friday 9th July, 10am-6pm

Monday 12th – Friday 16th July, 10am-6pm


Saturday 17th July (3 performances), 10am-6pm


Rehearsals will mostly take place in London, with some rehearsals and performances in Watford. A small travel allowance will be made available for the performance day.

How to apply:

Please apply using our online form with the following information:

  1. Name, Email Address, Contact Number, Playing Age, Vocal Range

  2. A link to your CV/Spotlight/Website/Showreel and Headshot

  3. Character(s) you’re interested in playing

  4. Access Needs

  5. Equal Opportunities Form

If you want to talk through this opportunity or have any questions please email including if you would like to arrange a phone call. 

Deadline: 11.59 PM Sunday 13th June 2021.  

Selected applicants will be invited to an in-person audition on either Wed 16th or Thurs 17th June, 9am-1pm (London venue). We can offer a travel allowance if necessary.

We will be inviting applicants to auditions on a rolling basis, so early applications are encouraged. We will consider any applications received by the deadline. 

This project is being supported by funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and has been commissioned by Watford Palace Theatre for Imagine Watford

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