In case you missed the interview with WICKED casting director Jim Arnold here are some points he made during the conversation:

  • 6000 people applied to audition for Wicked last year
  • Don’t audition for a show if you don’t plan on taking the part
  • Don’t shake hands with the panel
  • Be prepared. If it’s a recall, know the material
  • If it goes wrong don’t beat yourself up. You’re only human
  • We want you to be right for the show so come into the room knowing that
  • Be yourself

Jim Arnold CDG is a Casting Director for musicals and plays in the West End, regional theatres and on tour.

He was Associate Casting Director for Pippa Ailion Casting from 2012-2018, before establishing Jim Arnold Casting in April 2018. He was the Original Casting Associate for ‘Matilda, the Musical’ at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon, and was Casting Assistant at the RSC for 3 and a half years from 2007-2011. He has worked with several leading Casting Directors in TV, film and theatre and is a full member of the Casting Director’s Guild of Great Britain and Ireland –

Casting Director credits include:

  • Wicked (Apollo Victoria)

  • The Prince of Egypt (Dominion)

  • Pretty Woman: The Musical (Piccadilly)

  • West Side Story (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester)

  • Curtains (Wyndham’s and UK tour)

  • The Wedding Singer (Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, UK tour and South Korea – Winner of Best Musical at the 13th Annual Daegu International Musical Festival 2019)

  • Bend It Like Beckham (St Lawrence Centre Toronto)

  • Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (Harold Pinter and UK tour)

  • The Mirror Crack’d (Wales Millennium Centre and Wiltshire Creative)

  • The Osmonds Musical (Workshop)

  • Eugenius! (The Other Palace)

  • Rock of Ages (UK tour)

  • Camelot, Girlfriends and A Christmas Carol (LMTO Concert Series 2018)

  • My Name is Beethoven (Workshop)

  • The Rest is Silence (dreamthinkspeak)

  • Crave and Illusions (Actors Touring Company)

  • DNA (Hull Truck & UK tour)

  • Yerma (Gate & Hull Truck)

  • Pericles Re-imagined (Regent’s Park)

  • Lingua Franca (Finborough & 59East59, NYC)

  • Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams (Finborough)

  • Fragile! and Le Mariage (Arcola)

  • Artist Descending a Staircase (The Old Red Lion)