Star dogs audition for a role in Oliver! at Royal & Derngate in Northampton

Auditions taking place at Royal & Derngate as the theatre looks for local dogs to play the role of Bullseye in its forthcoming Youth Theatre and Young Company production of Oliver!
Auditions taking place at Royal & Derngate as the theatre looks for local dogs to play the role of Bullseye in its forthcoming Youth Theatre and Young Company production of Oliver!
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Some talented dogs put their best paw forward at auditions at the weekend for a starring role in a forthcoming production at Royal & Derngate in Northampton.

They were put forward by their owners for the chance to play Bullseye in Oliver! which is to be performed by the Youth Theatre and Young Company in July.

The auditions went well and the production team were very pleased with the candidates. A spokesperson said: “There were some lovely dogs and they responded well to the audition activities.

They are confident that they will be able to cast a couple of dogs to share the role of Bullseye, but final casting won’t be confirmed for a little while yet.”

Rehearsals for Oliver! are already well under way and director Christopher Elmer-Gorry was looking for a canine companion for his uptight London hard man, Bill Sykes.

Christopher said: “We have worked with several dogs in the past and this promises to be a memorable experience for both the dogs and their owners. Bullseye is a really important role and has quite a few scenes in the show.”

The show is on at Royal & Derngate from July 12 to 16.