Keston & Keston are children’s casting directors & children’s general managers who handle full service for children in entertainment including children’s casting, licensing, administration, chaperone provision, scheduling and full coordination. They most recently worked on NBC’s The Grinch starring Matthew Morrison & A Christmas Carol, West End. They are currently working for Nickelodeon & Amazon Kids+ on multiple upcoming kids projects.
Recent credits include: NBC’s The Grinch, Nativity! The Musical (London & UK Tour) casting, licensing and managing 300+ children on the nationwide tour for two years; A Christmas Carol (Dominion Theatre); How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Original UK Premiere & UK Tour); Mame (UK Tour/Hope Mill Theatre); Rags (Park Theatre/London Cast Recording); Rags (Hope Mill Theatre) & A Little Princess (UK Premiere, Royal Festival Hall).
The Kestons built and developed the first children’s casting app for iOS and web platforms to encourage genuine access and diversity in the industry with a reach of 47,000+ registered app users.
Training: University of Bristol (Law) University of Sheffield (Journalism), NYMT
We are looking for 4 children who will share the role of Christopher Robin. Children must be 9-12 years old and under 5 ft. Children must live within 1 hour of London
Disney's iconic Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin and their best friends Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, and Owl (oh… and don't forget Tigger too!) have come to life in a beautifully crafted musical stage adaptation. Told with stunning life-sized puppetry through the eyes of the characters we all know and love, let the adventures unfold in front of you in a beautiful fresh stage adaptation. Featuring the Sherman Brothers' classic Grammy Award-winning music with further songs by the beloved A.A. Milne. Winnie the Pooh, The New Musical Stage Adaptation had record-breaking premieres in New York City and Chicago, and now the Hundred Acre Wood is heading to Riverside Studios! Presented by Rockefeller Productions, in partnership with ROYO, and in association with Disney Theatrical Productions.
We are looking for children to share the role of STAR in Nativity! the Musical Age: 8-12 years old Height: 4ft 7 and under Location: Within 1 hour travel time from Birmingham Availability: must be fully available from October-January 2023 Other: we can only accept applications from children who have not yet been seen for this years production of Nativity!
NATIVITY! The Musical is returning to Birmingham Rep this Christmas, November 2022-January 2023! Feel-good, funny and full of joy, this cracker of a musical was adapted for the stage by Debbie Isitt, the creator of the much-loved films. Since its world premiere at The Rep in 2017, NATIVITY! The Musical has been seen by over one million people during an acclaimed UK tour and three successful London runs. Based on the film Nativity!, written and directed by Debbie Isitt and produced by Nick Jones.
Leeds Playhouse is launching an open casting to find four young people to star in the leading role of Charlie Bucket in its magical festive show CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY – THE MUSICAL opening this November. Auditions are happening at Leeds Playhouse from April 2022. There will be various sessions and eligible children will be invited to a workshop session. The Playhouse is working with leading Leeds-based Casting Directors Keston & Keston to find the talented quartet who will take on the timeless role of the child who finds a golden ticket that takes them through the gates into the marvellous, mysterious world of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Role: Charlie Bucket Casting: We are looking for young people of all genders aged 9-12 years old who love to perform. We can also see 8-year-olds if they turn nine by 1 September 2022. Children must be 9 years old by this date due to licensing laws. We are committed to seeing every child who falls within criteria Age: 9 – 12 years Height: Under 5ft Location: We are looking for children from the North of England who live within approximately a 1-hour commute from Leeds City Centre Availability: Children must be fully available from August 2022 to January 2023. Children cast will share the role throughout the period. This role will involve time off school, and young people must be prepared to be licensed in order to participate. Apply: Click to apply below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
ROALD DAHL’S devilishly delicious tale of young golden ticket winner Charlie Bucket and wild confectionary wizard Willy Wonka will take you to a world of pure imagination this festive season.This dazzling reinvention of the successful West End and Broadway musical transports the show to mouth-watering new heights.
We are looking for very strong singers/performers to share the role of Young Bonnie and Young Clyde. Playing age: 12 years old Height: Any height Gender: Female, Male, Non-Binary Appearance: Any appearance Contract type: Non-union - Commercially Financed
"Two small town kids from the middle of nowhere became the biggest folk heroes in America." Featuring music by Tony® nominee Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde), lyrics by Tony® and Oscar® winner Don Black (Sunset Boulevard), a book by Emmy® Award nominee Ivan Menchell. Now celebrating 10 years since its original BROADWAY opening, this brand new production of the cult musical follows two sell-out concert performances at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in January this year with this much anticipated West End Premiere opening at the Arts Theatre on 9 April 2022. Fearless, shameless, and alluring, Bonnie & Clyde is the electrifying story of love, adventure and crime that captured the attention of an entire nation.
We're looking for exceptional singers and actors for these roles. Playing age 9-13 years old. Under 5 foot.
We're casting the children for Bonnie & Clyde in concert at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London. We're searching for Young Bonnie & Young Clyde. The production will star Jeremy Jordan as Clyde and Frances Mayli McCann as Bonnie.
UN-EDITED (NICKELODEON) Un-Edited, is a short form series for Nickelodeon where children aged 8-12 years old from all over the UK share their experiences and knowledge on various topics, ranging from school to family and friends, Black History Month to Women's History Month, Pride and more. With unscripted interviews, real and celebratory stories and visuals, the series aims to give UK kids a voice on the things that matter most to them. We want kids to feel inspired and motivated to make a difference! Diverse and inclusive suggestions are strongly encouraged. We are looking for natural, engaging, eloquent and relatable children who are confident talking about these subjects. Children can come from anywhere nationwide (please note production location of London). Production Dates: 13th,14th,15th August (please only suggest children who can be licenced with a quick turnaround) Production Location: London Fee: Paid
We're looking for a talented and diverse family (x2 kids, x2 parents). Playing age of children 2-8 years old. We're happy to see children older than this if they look younger. Height: Any height Gender: Any gender Appearance: Native American, Asian, Black-Other Areas, Eastern European, Hispanic, Indian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, East Asian, Pakistani, Black-Caribbean, Black-African, Latin American, Filipino/Malay/Thai, Mixed Race, Maori, Chinese, Japanese, African-American, Korean Contract type: Equity - Above Minimum
We are looking for talented families who are confident with singing and choreography. We're ideally looking for children with the playing age of 2-8 years old. Fee: £4,000 total incl. buyout and fee.
Open to all. We are committed to genuine access and diversity in casting.
Register your child's details for our upcoming castings. As a new feature, you can now also upload short videos of your child performing for us to watch and keep on file.
Boys and girls aged 7-12 years old. We are looking for Tiny Tim, Grace, Martha & Jonathan/Young Scrooge for A Christmas Carol at The Dominion Theatre. Please apply for your child if they are unrepresented. Please note that we are sadly unable to respond to all applicants due to the volume we receive. We will be in touch with children we are able to call in. Warmest, Keston & Keston x
A Christmas Carol (Dominion Theatre) This Christmas, a brand-new staged concert of A Christmas Carol will brighten up all of our festive seasons - those past, present and yet to come! Starring TV comedy legend and West End star Brian Conley (9 to 5, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Oliver!, Hairspray) as Scrooge, Dickens' classic festive fable comes to life with a sparkling Broadway score, a symphonic 24 piece orchestra and an all-star West End cast. Written by the critically acclaimed team of Alan Menken (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast), Lynn Ahrens (Anastasia, Ragtime) and Mike Ockrent (Me and My Girl, Crazy for You), the stage musical of A Christmas Carol first premiered in 1994 at New York's Paramount Theatre. Running for a decade at Madison Square Gardens, it was seen by over 5 million people, and now it makes its way to the iconic Dominion Theatre for a limited socially distanced season. With sensational music from London Musical Theatre Orchestra, soaring melodies, moving lyrics and the most famous of all Christmas stories, this is the 2020 event that will unite friends, families and loved ones with the magic of live entertainment.
LEAD ROLE: Extraordinary girl. MUST be 6 yrs and over (6-11 yrs). Under 4 ft 4. Can be from anywhere in the UK. Diverse suggestions strongly encouraged. ENSEMBLE ROLES: Exceptional boys and girls. MUST be 9yrs and over (9-13 yrs). Under 5 ft. Must live within 1 hour of London. Must be strong dancers, singers and actors. Diverse suggestions strongly encouraged. At Keston & Keston we are committed to open and genuine access. Register your child's details to be considered. Warmest, Keston & Keston
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We are looking for children across the UK who would love the chance to sparkle and shine in the cast of Nativity! The Musical this Christmas! Children can be from Cardiff, Aylesbury, Canterbury, Southampton, Wolverhampton, Plymouth and London to audition for a role in Oakmoor. In order to take part in the show, all children must: Aged between 9 and 12 years old by 1st September 2019 No taller than 4ft 7 (140cm) Be characterful but disciplined children with strong singing, acting and dance skills and a passion for performing Live within 1 hour commute from the local theatre they are auditioning for Be available to perform on all dates at their relevant venue (full tour dates listed below) Auditions for the cast of Oakmoor will take place on the following dates: May 27th 2019: Cardiff May 28th 2019: Aylesbury May 30th 2019: Canterbury May 31st 2019: Southampton June 2nd 2019: Wolverhampton September 21st: Plymouth September 22nd: London The deadline for applications is May 16th 2019.
NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL
We are looking for the stars of the show who will tour with the production around the UK and play roles such as the Star, Angel Gabriel, Shepherd and many more! All children auditioning for St Bernadette's must be confident singers, dancers and performers due to the demands of the role, and they must also be: Living in the Midlands area Aged between 9-11 by 1 September 2019 No taller than 4ft 5 (135cm) Naturally confident, characterful, outgoing and keen performers Fully available for rehearsals and performances from 23rd September 2019- 29 December 2019 First round castings will take place in the Midlands area on May 25th & May 26th with recalls on the 6th and 7th June. Children must be fully available for these dates to be considered. The deadline for applications is May 16th 2019.
NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL
Cindy-Lou Who is an energetic, charismatic and sweet little girl. We are looking for very strong singers who can pick up movement/choreography quickly. Cindy-Lou is a lead role and she sings the “showpiece” ballad of the show. Children can be considered from a commutable distance to EITHER London or Manchester. Age: 8-12 years old (girls must be 9 years old by the first week of October 2019) Height: 4ft 5 and under
Children need to be available from October 2019-January 5th 2019. Dr Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical - the record-setting New York Christmas sensation - is to play a UK Tour in 2019, ahead of a Christmas season at The Lowry. Featuring the hit songs "You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas", Max the Dog narrates the show, as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is 'two sizes too small', decides to steal Christmas away from the Holiday loving Whos Dr Seuss' The Musical will make its UK premiere at New Wimbledon Theatre, London on Friday 1 November 2019, play Glasgow, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Birmingham, before starting a 4-week Christmas season at The Lowry in Salford on Tuesday 10 December 2019. This production is based on the show originally created by 3-time Tony Award winning director, Jack O'Brien and choreographer John DeLuca. The show broke box office records for two consecutive years on Broadway. Since then, more than 2 million people across America have been thrilled by this heart-warming musical. The announcement of the tour of the musical comes as a new movie of The Grinch - starring the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch and Angela Lansbury- is enchanting a whole new generation. Produced by Simon Friend Entertainment.
We are looking for exceptional boys to share the lead role of Patrick in Mame this Autumn. Boys must be under 5ft, over 9 years old by 1st September and commutable to Manchester. Boys myst be fully available for both 11th and 12th May for castings as well as all production dates.
An Aria Entertainment and Hope Mill Theatre production directed and choreographed by Nick Winston and starring Tracie Bennett as ‘Mame’. Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death! That’s the motto of Mame Dennis, one of musical theatre’s all-time greatest heroines, in this brassy, hilarious and touching adaptation of Patrick Dennis’s bestseller, Auntie Mame, starring critically acclaimed and two-time Olivier Award-winner Tracie Bennett.
We are looking for excellent singer/actors for the role of David in Rags the Musical. All boys must be local to Manchester with performances at the Hope Mill Theatre.
Rags the Musical is a story of love, loss and hope. Featuring a score celebrating the multicultural music which was filling the streets of New York in 1910. This is the UK Premiere of this new version with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.
We are searching for boys and girls aged 9+ from across the UK to have a chance to sparkle and shine and audition for roles in Nativity! in Liverpool, Oxford, Stoke, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Milton Keynes, Coventry, Nottingham and London for the Oakmoor School Roles.
Production Details: Following sold-out performances in London and a triumphant UK tour in 2017, Jamie Wilson, Entertainment One (eOne), Ramin Sabi and Belgrade Theatre Coventry are delighted to announce the return of NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL and are on the look-out for children across the UK to audition for the 2018 UK tour.
We are searching for 10 extraordinary girls aged between 6-14 years old to play the roles of SARA CREWE, BECKY, LOTTIE & FRIENDS in the UK premiere of A Little Princess.
A Little Princess is by Tony-nominated US composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family, The Wild Party) who will fly in to conduct the one-off semi-staged concert performance by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, with abridged narration by Brian Crawley (Violet) at the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall on Bank Holiday, Monday 28 May at 7:30pm The production will be directed by multiple Olivier Award-winner and Tony Award nominee Arlene Phillips CBE.
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