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Edinburgh Music Theatre is proud to announce their next major production…

Chess - The Musical

10th – 14th March 2015


With original music from the ABBA boys and lyrics by Tim Rice this outstanding production will take to the stage of the Churchill Theatre in March 2015. Direction by Mike Davies, Musical Direction Neil Metcalfe and Choreography by Sarah Aitken. We will be looking for a strong company of:

  • Singers
  • Dancers
  • Actors

Rehearsals will take place on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings in Barclay Viewforth Church Hall from September 2014.

There will be a rehearsal and production fee payable of £90/ £60 students.

If you are looking to perform with an exceptional company in the heart of Edinburgh then what are you waiting for? Come along to our casting session and let us see what you’ve got!

Dates and Times:

Introduction and Company casting workshop
Wednesday 17th September 7pm – 10pm
Barclay Viewforth Church Hall, 1 Wright’s Houses, Edinburgh EH10 4HR

Be prepared to learn a dance and a musical number during this session which you will then perform in small groups at the end of the evening to the production team as an audition for a place in the Company.

Principal Auditions
Saturday 20th September
Times tbc
The Scout Association, 15 Valleyfield Street Edinburgh EH3 9LP

Following a successful audition for a place in the Company, you will be eligible for a PRINCIPAL audition. For this, you should prepare a monologue and a song (this should NOT be from Chess). Your song choice should include notes at the very top of your range and MUST be sung to a piano accompaniment which the MD will play for you (i.e. please bring sheet music – backing tracks will NOT be allowed). Don’t worry if the song is not in the correct key for you – the MD will transpose it into an appropriate key.

Wednesday 24th September
Barclay Viewforth Church Hall, 1 Wright’s Houses, Edinburgh EH10 4HR

Times tbc

You may or may not be recalled for a further audition. If you are not recalled, this is NOT necessarily an indication that you have been unsuccessful. Often the production team is able to make a decision based on the qualities you present at the first audition and may not need to see further evidence of your talents. If you ARE recalled, this will usually be to confirm the team’s assessment of your initial audition and they may also wish to hear you alongside another candidate for reasons of vocal balance/look, etc. You will be told what to prepare for this audition.

For queries or further information please contact

Come and be part of the EMT family!

About Us


Edinburgh Music Theatre Company, or EMT, was formed in 1982, to perform large-scale musicals in major theatres. Our aim was to produce shows that none of the other companies in the capital would attempt, achieving the highest possible standard in performance, while appealing to as broad a range of audience as possible.


Whilst company members are all amateur, the shows are all professionally directed both dramatically and musically. Testament to this policy are our rave reviews, and the fact that several members of the company have moved onto the professional scene, performing on the West End stage, and internationally.


Historically, the Company has performed in many theatre venues, throughout Edinburgh. Over the last 10 years we have performed annually at the prestigious Kings Theatre. Our contribution to theatre in the Lothians has been, and hopefully will continue to be, significant.


The company annually performs one principal large-scale musical in the spring of the year. Past productions have included West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, Fiddler on the Roof, Pirates of Penzance (Broadway version) and the World Premier of the Robert Louis Stevenson musical Teller of Tales. From time to time we stage Revues or small shows and have been invited to stage our productions in the excellent Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy.


We are one of the youngest musical theatre companies in Edinburgh, we do, of course, cater for a wide spectrum of ages – indeed, many members have been with the company since inception. In rehearsal, and on stage, we adopt a completely professional approach, while off-stage we are very sociable. Our members have the opportunity to contribute, whether on- or off-stage, to the success of a performance on one of the largest stages in Edinburgh. Our rehearsal period whilst intense leading up to the show is relatively short (5 months or less).