Audition Notice: James and the Giant Peach

Auditions Closed

By Roald Dahl, adapted for the stage by David Wood
Directed by Rory Reynolds

Roald Dahl’s well-loved story of James Henry Trotter, who lives with his two horrid aunts, Spiker and Sponge. He hasn’t got a single friend in the whole world until he meets the Old Green Grasshopper and the rest of the insects aboard a giant magical peach. They travel to New York’s Central Park and have amazing adventures. It’s a show for all ages to enjoy with the chance for actors to take multiple roles.

We’ll be having lots of fun and we’ll be looking for a crew of about 10 performers.


our young hero. From a downtrodden, lonely child he develops into a brave ‘captain’ of the insect band. He acts as narrator too.
Old Green Grasshopper:
elderly, genial, courteous, avuncular, musical. He helps narrate.
Miss Spider: occasionally sharp, even a little sinister, but ultimately kind. Her marathon thread-spinning to help save the peach is truly heroic.
a sparky, cocky, warm-hearted Jack-the-Lad.
Posh, though not prissy, pretty though not vain, volatile, though level-headed.
Not only blind, but a pessimist, a doom merchant whose standing in the gang and whose self-esteem improves no end, thanks to James.

Other characters are part of the storytelling framework and may be doubled. They include:

  • New York Tour Guide
  • Mr and Mrs Trotter
  • Rhinoceros
  • Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker
  • Old Man
  • TV Reporter
  • Captain of the Queen Mary
  • First and Second Officers
  • Tourists, Visitors, Seagulls, Sharks, Fishes, Octopus, New York Citizens, and other roles to be played by a children’s chorus, puppets or members of the audience

Look forward to seeing you at the auditions.