Auditions begin for rare Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical

A THEATRE group has been granted a special licence to perform a ‘lost musical’ written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

The Dunmow Players Musical Theatre Company have secured the rights to perform The Likes of Us, written by the duo that have coined more British west end hits than any other.

The players hope to host the event in Spring 2011 but are already on the look out for cast and crew members.

Secretary Decia Ranger said: “We are immensely proud to have been granted a licence to perform what will be the north Essex premier of the show.

“We are looking for local actor, dancers and singers who would like to be a part of a phenomenal show which has not yet been seen in the West End.”

The play, which is described as a ‘lost gem’ amongst theatre critics, tells the story of the life of Dr Thomas Barnardo.

It has existed for over 40 years but has hardly ever been performed.

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Now, with the support of the National Operatic and Dramatic Society (NODA) and The Really Useful Company, it has been released to a select bunch of amateur groups.

In a nod to its subject matter the players will use the profits from the show to help support the Barnardo’s charity.

It kicks off at the end of March and details of rehearsals, auditions and tickets can be found at or by calling 01371 874073.

Mrs Ranger added: “The content of the show means that there are roles for adults as well as young people and we would like to encourage anyone interested in theatre, from acting to stage design to contact them and get involved.

“There is a fantastic opportunity for a young tenor aged approximately 18-30 to play the role of Dr Barnardo.”

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