Arlene Phillips to direct the UK premiere of ‘A Little Princess’ at the Royal Festival Hall

Producers Keston and Murray have announced that Arlene Phillips CBE will direct the UK premiere of Andrew Lippa‘s musical, A Little Princess.

Lippa himself will fly in to conduct the one-off semi-staged concert performance at the Southbank Centre‘s Royal Festival Hall on Monday 28 May, 2018, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, with abridged narration by writer and lyricist, Brian Crawley.

Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic childhood novel, A Little Princess tells the story of Sara Crewe, as she is sent from her home in Africa to boarding school in London and separated from her father.

As young Sara’s world is turned upside down, she must rely on her friends and imaginative powers to overcome her strict headmistress Miss Minchin and prove that every little girl deserves to be a princess.

Alongside the announcement, Phillips has also confirmed that she will be searching for her 10 amazing new child stars between 6-14 years old to appear in the production (All children must be 5ft 2 or under).

Open auditions are being held by the production team with Keston & Keston Children’s Casting in London on Sunday 25 March.

To audition you must pre-register your child via with Keston and Keston (Children’s Casting Directors) via either The iOS App (Keston Casting) or via the website

Arlene said:

“I am thrilled to be part of the biggest casting search for a child star since my worldwide search for the film of Annie. I am searching for 10 young stars for the UK premiere of A Little Princess the musical. This will be a huge and exciting casting search for the title role of Sara Crewe and friends who will lead this production. The book had deep meaning for me as a child but I realise it is more relevant than ever as it touches on themes of love, loss, bullying, friendship, poverty and hope.”

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