Summer Youth Production – Oliver! Call for Applications – closing 17 Feb

Open Auditions

The Grand Opera House Trust presents Lionel Bart’s….Oliver!

Book, Music and Lyrics by LIONEL BART

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International. All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI

From the team that brought you The Pirates of Penzance in 2022, the Grand Opera House Summer Youth Production returns in July 2023 with Lionel Bart’s Tony and Olivier Award-winning family musical Oliver!

Over 100 young people will have the opportunity to be part of Northern Ireland’s biggest musical theatre event, and be part of a guaranteed summer to remember.

Oliver! is open to all 10 to 18 year olds and no previous experience is necessary.

Oliver! Rehearsal & Performance Dates:

  • The project will run from Saturday 8 to Saturday 22 July 2023 inclusive with performances on Thursday 20 July at 7pm; and Friday 21 & Saturday 22 July 2023 at 2pm & 7pm both days.
  • Cast members must be available to attend every day.
  • Additional rehearsals will also take place from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 June 2023 for principals only.


The cost to participate is £250 per person. 50% of the fee is required as a non-refundable deposit after the auditions are completed with the remaining balance paid no later than Thursday 25 May 2023.


First stage auditions for Oliver! will take place at the Grand Opera House on Sunday 26 February 2023. Call back auditions will take place in the Theatre on Sunday 5 March 2023.
Due to the demands of auditioning large numbers it is not possible to accommodate auditions at any other time.

How to Register

To register for auditions, please download and complete the registration form from our website (linked below). Please remember to include a recent, unfiltered passport sized photograph with your application. This is important for the team to have on audition day.

The closing date to register for auditions is: Friday 17 February 2023

Youth Tech Crew

During the Summer Youth Production there is an opportunity for young people aged 16 to 18 years old to be a member of the Youth Tech Crew and work alongside the Grand Opera House technical team. If you would like to be part of this team, please download and complete the Youth Tech Crew Registration form from our website (linked below).

The closing date for applications for the Youth Tech Crew is: Friday 7 April 2023

Completed application forms should be returned to: Lucy Walton, Creative Learning Assistant, Grand Opera House, Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7HR or by email to

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the Creative Learning Team on 028 9024 0411 or

Venue: Grand Opera House, 2-4 Great Victoria St, Belfast
Date: Saturday 8 to Saturday 22 July 2023
Cost: £250
Recommended Age: 10 to 18 year olds

More information and registration:

artist forms link
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