Consider your pooch for role in hit musical

Uggie the dog, from the film "The Artist" waves in the press room during the 84th Academy Awards.
Uggie the dog, from the film "The Artist" waves in the press room during the 84th Academy Awards.

If you think your pet pooch has what it takes to be the next Uggie or Toto, Sheffield Theatres want to hear from you!

Sheffield Theatres is due to put on Lionel Bart’s award winning musical, Oliver! in November, and is looking for three dogs to share the role of Bullseye, Bill Sykes infamous dog.

They are looking for three bull terriers, or similar looking dogs for the role, and suitable dogs can be male or spayed females, ideally with a visible patch over one eye, and they will also need to be good around children and in busy environments.

Open auditions will take place at Sheffield’s Lyceum theatre on Saturday September 14 from 10am, and owners will be asked to demonstrate that their dogs can carry out simple instructions and behave well on a theatre stage.

The audition panel will consist of Director Daniel Evans and Company Manager, Andrew Wilcox.

Successful dogs must live within an hour’s drive of Sheffield and owners will need to be available to chaperone their dog throughout the entire rehearsal and production period in Sheffield from Monday, November 11 2013 to Saturday January, 25 2014.

Anyone interested in auditioning their dog will need to register in advance of the open auditions.

Registration forms can be downloaded from sheffieldtheatres.co.uk and need to be sent, along with a picture of their dog, to oliverauditions@sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

Dog owners are asked to wear loose, comfortable clothing during the auditions and details of expenses and commitment are due to be released shortly.

Successful dogs will join a talented cast of actors, including Quadrophenia and EastEnders star, Phil Daniels who will play Fagin in the popular musical.

Sheffield Theatres held open auditions to fill roles including that of Oliver and the Artful Dodger, as well as the children’s ensemble, earlier this year.

Oliver! will be Sheffield Theatre’s Christmas production, running at the Crucible from November 29 until January 25 2014.

Tickets will be priced between £17 and £32, and you can book now by calling the box office on 0114 249 60