NEWS: Arlene Phillips Launches Major Search for Young Stars for UK premiere of A Little Princess

The choreographer and director will direct the UK premiere of  Andrew Lippa’s musical based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic childhood novel. 


A Little Princess is by Tony-nominated US composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family, The Wild Party) who will fly in to conduct the one-off semi-staged concert performance by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, with abridged narration by Brian Crawley (Violet) at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on Bank Holiday, Monday 28 May.

It has also been announced that Arlene Phillips is searching for 10 new child stars to feature in the show. Talking about the news she said: “I am thrilled to be part of the biggest casting search for a child star since my worldwide search for the film of Annie. I am searching for 10 young stars for the UK premiere of A Little Princess the musical. This will be a huge and exciting casting search for the title role of Sara Crewe and friends who will lead this production. The book had deep meaning for me as a child but I realise it is more relevant than ever as it touches on themes of love, loss, bullying, friendship, poverty and hope.”

What is Director Arlene Phillips looking for?

-10 extraordinary girls aged between 6-14 years old to play the roles  in the UK premiere of A Little Princess.

– All children must be 5ft 2 or under

– All children must be exceptional and confident singers & actresses with strong movement skills

– All children must be commutable to London (within 1 hour travel time) for rehearsal and production dates.

– Strongly encourage children from all ethnic backgrounds to audition (Schedule 9, Part 1 of the Equality Act 2010 (Occupational Requirements) applies)

– Children cast must be fully available to rehearse from week commencing 23 April 2018 with the performance on 28 May 2018.

When are the auditions for Sara and her friends? 

Open Auditions: Sunday March 25

How to register  child to audition? 

To audition you must pre-register your child via with Keston and Keston (Children’s Casting Directors) via

1.The iOS App (Keston Casting- downloadable at the app store free of charge)

or via the website

All children who fall within the criteria as above will be sent an invite with full information, preparation material and the location for the audition. Children must present this email to be permitted into the building.

Where will the auditions be held? 

Auditions will be held in London.The audition location will be disclosed by email after pre-registration to ensure child protection.

What if I have any another questions?

Please email

The musical based upon Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel tells the story of Sara Crewe, as she is sent from her home in Africa to boarding school in London and separated from her father. As young Sara’s world is turned upside down, she must rely on her friends and imaginative powers to overcome her strict headmistress Miss Minchin and prove that every little girl deserves to be a princess. 

A Little Princess will play at the Royal Festival Hall on the 28th May. Tickets go on sale on the 28th March. 


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