Joanne Hawes CDG

Children’s Casting Director


Current Castings

  • Please make suggestions on separate emails for each show with the name of the child, DOB, age, height and area in which they live i.e their education authority.
  • Please note time does not permit me to ask for this information if it arrives incomplete so regrettably any such enquiries will be deleted.   I also cannot take enquiries by phone or text.
  • No photos / youtube links / videos required unless otherwise stated – thank you.
  • Please note in all cases boys must have unbroken voices and girls must be undeveloped.
  • I am unable to help anyone who is too tall or too old for any of these productions and I do not cast adults or have any information about adult casting or the appointment of resident teams or crew.  So sorry but time does not permit a response to email outside the limits set out below.
  • All suggestions welcome for the shows below providing the children fit the criteria – if they do not I am unable to see them.      All shows are very specific and the criteria are all there for very good reasons.
  • If it states that children must be local that is what it means and I do not allow children to relocate or stay with relatives because that means school is missed.


CHRISTMASAURUS – by Tom Fletcher

We are looking for a boy who can sing well and who is dependent on a wheelchair because of a physical disability.      He must be about 11 years old.

Dates – Rehearsal November 27 playing at the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith over Christmas until December 30th.      This is a gorgeous production based on the book of the same name and is a lovely opportunity for a physically disabled young actor.     There will be a lot of dialogue and a song so the ability to learn words and sing well is essential.       His voice must be unbroken.

Auditions in London soon – boys do not have to be London based.


LES MISERABLES  – Queens Theatre, London

Auditions on October 3rd 2017 – suggestions welcome now please.

  • Gavroche under 4’ 7 any nationality, very strong singing and acting.  Streetwise, tough but likeable kid about 10 years old, unbroken voice.
  • Cosette under 4‘ 4, fair skin, sweet soprano voice.
  • Eponine who does not sing but she understudies Cosette.
  • All children to be within an easy commute of London (45 miles approx)
  • Girls sing Castle on A Cloud
  • Boys sing ‘Ow Do You Do My Name’s Gavroche


5 year old boys and girls required to play the role of TAM locally whilst the show is visiting.   NOW CASTING  all over the country – next venues Cardiff & Bristol. All children must be SE Asian, confident and small.  They have a brilliant time!     Please email a photo.  Auditions ongoing.

The production will tour the UK so please make suggestions for Dublin Cardiff Edinburgh Southampton Manchester Bristol.  Children must be 5 at the time of the performance so please email me with name, DOB, hometown and a small photo.


THE SOUND OF MUSIC UK TOUR – Bill Kenwright Limited.

Audition dates TBC in early September.
Rehearsals are in London from November 27 and the contract will be until mid April.
3ft 10in – 4ft max: GRETL about 6 years old – older and small is ideal.
4ft 7in – 4ft 9in max: KURT 11  – almost  – unbroken voice – cheeky
5ft 1in – 5ft 2in max: FRIEDRICH 14 – unbroken voice.
All other parts cast.
All children must be very strong singers – boys must have unbroken voices & girls must be undeveloped.
There is no room for children to be taller than the heights specified.
All children must be London based – by that I mean within an easy commute of not more than 45 miles from Kings Cross.
Children must be fair skinned.
Children tour with an experienced team of chaperones and a tutor.
There will be three teams of children who will play on a rota of 3 days on and 6 days off.

THE FERRYMAN by Jez Butterworth – Gielgud Theatre – URGENT

This production is enjoying a hugely successful run having transferred from the Royal Court.      It features a baby of around 4 to 6 months.    All babies must be immobile and placid.    Mothers chaperone and we are looking for as many babies as possible so that they only do one or two shows a week.        They must be commutable to Central London.


THE BRIDGE  A Short Film  based on a best selling book THE SECRET CHILD


I am delighted to be casting identical twin girls aged 8 – 12.   Please contact me for more information including the following photo of the two girls, their names, dob, height and hometown.    They can live anywhere in the UK.

  • PLEASE SEE THE MASTERCLASSES PAGE – many exciting things planned!

Please email for more information.


I am often looking for experienced, licenced chaperones. – please contact me and state if you are interested in part time / full time, long term / short term / West End / touring  positions and include the following information.   More details about what I require is on the chaperones page.     Anyone who does not have a licence need not apply – thank you.
Area in which you live
Licenced by
Expiry date
Brief previous chaperoning experience.
I am also looking for touring chaperones and housemothers – that is chaperones with experience of living in with children.

Thank you