In what may or may not be a gimmick, but sounds like jolly good fun, Sam Mendes’s musical version of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ – ensconced for several years now at Theatre Royal Drury Lane – is holding open auditions for male and female performers looking to play the show’s iconic Oompa Loompas, the oddball minions of sinister chocolatier Willy Wonka.
Despite a long screen history of employing rather short performers, the part-puppet stage Oompas actually require lankier sorts to play them – women must be 5’1”-5’8”, while men must be 5’6”-6’0”.
You must also be able to dance to professional standards, which, er, may be be the biggest sticking point for many.
Auditions will take place at the Dominion Theatre on Tottenham Court Road on Monday October 26, at 10am for women and 2pm for men. Bring tight fitting dance clothes, ballet shoes, trainers and kneepads as well as a CV and headshot stapled together.