West End Calling is an exciting competition for young musical theatre performers in the UK, giving contestants under the age of 22 the chance to compete for the ‘West End Calling’ crown and perform at our grand final in London’s West End!
West End stars from shows such as Wicked, Hamilton, The Book of Mormon, Les Miserables, Mamma Mia and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (to name but a few) judge each round of the competition and give their expert opinions and advice.
This competition gives young performers a platform to build their confidence and performance skills, and get feedback from top industry professionals!
This competition is aimed at to give anyone with talent the opportunity to show the world what they can do.
Meet other young performers!
This competition is not for the faint hearted! To go far in this competition, you need to battle against other performers, all trying to secure a place in the final. The competition is set up in 4 rounds, giving each contestant a chance to perform in front of a variety of different audiences.
When you sign up to take part, you will be sent through an email telling you when and where your audition is as well as what you need to prepare. The audition is in front of an industry panel of West End stars and you will have to sing a musical theatre song of your choice, before receiving some feedback. They will then make a decision as to whether you have successfully gained a place in the heat round. You will be notified of this within a week of your audition by email. Our auditions are the perfect place to get practice for drama school auditions and normal auditions.
The West End Calling Heats are set up in two parts – First Heat and Semi Final. In each of these rounds, you will be expected to perform a song to an audience made up of mostly family and friends as well our judges. These rounds will generate our final contestants who will go head to head in the Grand Final. Please note that these rounds will be on separate days at least a week apart. You may repeat a song from the audition but you must have a new song for each heat.
THE GRAND FINAL
The competition culminates at our Grand Final, at a theatre in London’s West End, where our final acts get to perform to a bigger audience to impress our Judges who will select our Winner.