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West End Calling is a national competition for musical theatre performers giving fantastic opportunities to young people all over the UK! Each year, we audition hundreds of young performers in cities across the country to find the best talent the UK has to offer. After auditioning, successful contestants sing in live performances leading up to the Grand Final in a West End Theatre.

Our audition round is a great way to experience what professional auditions are like and get feedback from our expert panel on how to improve. This feedback is invaluable in the development of young performers and is the main reason we see so much improvement throughout the competition. Our friendly panels are made up of West End performers who audition all the time as part of their job, so their expert advice is second to none. 

Gaining experience is the best way to build confidence and we offer a safe space for performers to grow and develop.

The competition is set up in 4 rounds which are explained below. Each round gives contestants a chance to perform in front of a variety of different audiences and in different theatres.

The audition is in front of a panel of West End experts where you will sing a musical theatre song of your choice, before receiving 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. Auditions last about 5 minutes per person.


The Heats are set up in two parts – First Heat and Semi Final. In each of these rounds, you will 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. 


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. 

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