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The Happy Prince

Casting Call

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Online application form available here:

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Casting Call: The Happy Prince (Musical, Family Show)

We are casting 3 actors for our upcoming production 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. The show is a queer, musical 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. We plan to tour the show in 2023.

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Creative Team:

Writer & Director: Joseph Winer (he/him)

Music Composition & Puppetry: Alice Hope Wilson (they/them)

Movement & Puppetry Direction: Jo Fiejó (he/she)

Set & Costume Designer: Amy Yardley (she/her)

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


1. The Happy Prince

Male or Non-Binary // Strong Singer (Bass/Tenor/Alto) // 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.


2. The Swallow

Male or Non-Binary // Strong Singer (Bass/Tenor/Alto) // Playing Age 18-30


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.


Both 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: £1000 (£100 p/day x 10 days) + small travel allowance  



Monday 4th – Saturday 9th July, 10am-6pm

Monday 11th – Friday 15th July, 10am-6pm

*Exact 10 days to be confirmed, some flexibility



Saturday 16 July (2-3 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: Thursday 23rd June 2021.  

Selected applicants will be invited to an in-person audition on either Fri 24 or Sat 25 June (London venue). We can offer a travel allowance if necessary. Zoom option possible if you can’t make in person.

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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