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Open auditions in Salford for Julian Fellowes’ Wind in the Willows

If you have ever wanted to work with Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes now is your chance, as The Lowry throw open their doors to an open casting session for new musical Wind in the Willows.

Producers are looking for strong character actors with excellent singing and dancing skills.

And it’s not just background actors they need: along with male and female ensemble spots, the creative team behind the show are also looking to appoint lead roles too.

Anyone attending should be prepared to sing a musical theatre song and must be aged 18 years or older.

Most will know the plot of this classic children’s tale, but if not: the thrill-seeking, lovable menace Mr Toad joins Ratty, Badger and Mole for a series of adventures and misadventures caused by his insatiable need for speed! Imprisoned for theft and with his existence under threat from the inhabitants of the Wild Wood, Toad must attempt a daring escape to defend Toad Hall.

The Wind in the Willows has been adapted for the stage with a book by Oscar-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and Olivier Award-winning composer and lyricist team George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.

George Stiles, Anthony Drewe and Julian Fellowes

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The Wind in the Willows marks the first time the three have worked together since their hugely successful collaboration on the international hit musical Mary Poppins which ran for three years in the West End and six years on Broadway.

Development company Jamie Hendry Productions will arrive at The Lowry theatre in Salford Quays on Friday 22 April.

Registration for auditions is 10am – 11.30am.

The Wind in the Willows is directed by Rachel Kavanaugh with design by Peter McKintosh, choreography by Aletta Collins, lighting design by Howard Harrison and sound design by Gareth Owen. Casting is by Pippa Ailion Casting.

Featuring spectacular stagecraft and a company of over 50, this sparkling new musical with a glorious original score brings a treasured British classic to life.

Read this before you audition: http://www.windinthewillowsthemusical.com/open-auditions

The Wind in the Willows visits The Lowry on its’ world premiere tour from Thu 27 October – Sun 6 November 2016.

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