Auditions and Interviews

All courses at Mountview are subject to entry via an audition or interview. This gives us the opportunity to meet you face-to-face, and also gives you the chance to experience Mountview life.

AUDITIONS

At Mountview we believe passionately that you can’t spot a Performance student’s real potential through just a three-minute monologue or song. You’ve taken the time to apply and prepare and we want to see you at your best.

Therefore at audition you will be with us for the full day.

At £35 (Early Bird Fee) and £45 (Standard Fee) Mountview’s audition fees are among the lowest nationally and we offer a number of free places – via a network of partnerships with youth theatres nationwide – for students unable to afford the cost. The fees cover the costs of the day’s workshops and panel auditions (see details below). Mountview holds first round performance auditions in cities across the UK including Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle as well as at our studios in south London. Please note we do not provide feedback on performance at auditions.

£35 Early Bird Audition Fee

We are pleased to announce that we will be offering a reduced application fee of £35 (standard price £45) for a limited time only for certain candidates who are applying for the 20/21 intake.

In order to qualify for the reduced fee, you must:

  • be applying for one of the following courses – BA Musical Theatre, BA Acting, BA Actor Musician, MA Musical Theatre, MA Acting, Foundation Musical Theatre (PT & FT) and Foundation in Acting (PT & FT)

and

  • be available to audition in London between the 9th and 14th December. Specific audition dates can be found by clicking on ‘First Round Audition Dates: London’ at the relevant course tab below

This offer will be available until audition slots are full so we advise you to apply sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.

If you pay the early bird rate and then find you are not available in December or do not attend, you will need to pay £10 before being issued with a new audition date.

Foundation/BA/MA performance applicants who select an audition at one of our regional venues will pay the standard fee of £45.

If you are applying for one of our Foundation/BA/MA Performance courses and know you are only available from January onwards, you will have the option to pay the £45 rate once the applications go live on October 1st.

Foundation

You will take part in a movement/improvisation workshop and present classical and contemporary monologues. There will also be an informal interview.

Candidates are asked to prepare:

  • a monologue from a play written after 1997
  • a classical speech in verse (not prose) that was written prior to 1800.

You may select from writers including Shakespeare and his contemporaries or choose from Elizabethan, Jacobean, ancient Greek, Roman, Restoration or international equivalent periods. We are interested in seeing you perform a dramatic speech with complex language that is character led. If you are selecting a play that is in translation please ensure that the language is written in verse and remains poetic rather than choosing a modern adaptation that may simplify the form and content. You may choose to be gender blind in your selection.

Please note that the speeches must:

  • Last no longer than two minutes each
  • Be from published plays and should not be extracts from poems, novels, films or television scripts
  • Involve a character close to your own age
  • Be performed in your native accent

Audition Dates

Wednesday 11th December (9.30am)

Additional dates to be announced

During the morning session you’ll take part in acting, singing and dance auditions. You may be invited to stay on for the afternoon to take part in a further round of acting and singing workshops and an interview.

Candidates are asked to prepare:

  • a monologue from a play written after 1997
  • a classical speech in verse (not prose) that was written prior to 1800.
  • EITHER two contrasting songs, both from musicals
  • OR two contrasting songs, one from a musical and one from a genre of your own choice

For the speeches you may select from writers including Shakespeare and his contemporaries or choose from Elizabethan, Jacobean, ancient Greek, Roman, Restoration or international equivalent periods. We are interested in seeing you perform a dramatic speech with complex language that is character led. If you are selecting a play that is in translation please ensure that the language is written in verse and remains poetic rather than choosing a modern adaptation that may simplify the form and content. You may choose to be gender blind in your selection.

The six volumes of The Singer’s Musical Theatre Anthology provide excellent song selections and can be downloaded for free, but you may choose work from any musical.

Please note that the speeches must:

  • Last no longer than two minutes each
  • Be from published plays and should not be extracts from poems, novels, films or television scripts
  • Involve a character close to your own age
  • Be performed in your native accent

Please note that songs:

  • must allow you to show two contrasting vocal approaches, one of which should be the more classical sounding style that can be associated with musical theatre singing.
  • Be performed in the key in which the music is written (the accompanist will not transpose into a different key)
  • Give you the opportunity to act through them
  • Not be from the classical repertoire (this includes opera)

Audition Dates

Friday 13th December (9.30am)

Additional dates to be announced

Undergraduate

Undergraduate Actors take movement and improvisation workshops, demonstrating their ability to think creatively, as well as performing their prepared monologues and spending time with current students getting the inside track on what life and study is like at Mountview.

Actors are asked to prepare:

  • a monologue from a play written after 1997
  • a classical speech in verse (not prose) that was written prior to 1800.

You may select from writers including Shakespeare and his contemporaries or choose from Elizabethan, Jacobean, ancient Greek, Roman, Restoration or international equivalent periods. We are interested in seeing you perform a dramatic speech with complex language that is character led. If you are selecting a play that is in translation please ensure that the language is written in verse and remains poetic rather than choosing a modern adaptation that may simplify the form and content. You may choose to be gender blind in your selection.

Please note that the speeches must:

  • Last no longer than two minutes each
  • Be from published plays and should not be extracts from poems, novels, films or television scripts
  • Involve a character close to your own age
  • Be performed in your native accent

We invite a limited number of candidates back for second round auditions. These include further workshops and panel auditions. Further details about recalls will be provided at your audition.

First Round Audition Dates: London

Monday 9th December (9.30am)
Wednesday 11th December (9.30am)
Friday 13th December (9.30am)
Saturday 14th December (9.30am)

Additional dates to be announced

Recalls: London

Audition dates released once applications open

First Round Auditions: Regional Locations

Audition dates released once applications open

First Round Auditions: International Locations

Audition dates released once applications open

NB: If you are successful in this first round you will be required to attend a recall in London.

Undergraduate Actor Musicianships take movement and improvisation workshops, demonstrating their ability to think creatively, as well as performing their prepared monologues and spending time with current students getting the inside track on what life and study is like at Mountview. Actor Musicians also perform on their chosen instrument and perform one song.

For first round auditions, Actor Musicianships are asked to prepare:

MUSIC

  • Two contrasting pieces (or extracts) on an instrument of your choice, if possible on 2 different instruments, although this is not essential. The 2 pieces combined should last no longer than a total of 5 minutes. An accompanist will be provided, should you wish to perform your pieces with them.
  • There will also be a short sight reading exercise on the day on your instrument.

Please make sure your pieces reflect your current ability level. You may make cuts if necessary to keep within the time restraints.

SINGING

  • One song from the musical theatre repertoire. This can be self-accompanied, but please bring sheet music (clearing printed and presented) for our accompanist, should you wish to sing with the provided accompanist. Your song should be no longer than 2 minutes and 30 seconds. You may make cuts if necessary.

Please make sure your song is not from the classical repertoire (this includes Opera). Please perform your song in the key in which the music is written. The pianist will not transpose, at sight, into a different key. Please pick a song that gives you the opportunity to act through it.

ACTING

  • One monologue in prose from a play written after 1997, lasting no longer than two minutes.
  • One classical speech in verse (not prose) that was written prior to 1800, lasting no longer than two minutes.

These speeches must be from published plays and should not be extracts from poems, novels, films or television scripts. You may select from writers including Shakespeare and his contemporaries or choose from Elizabethan, Jacobean, ancient Greek, Roman, Restoration or international equivalent periods. We are interested in seeing you perform a dramatic speech with complex language that is character led. If you are selecting a play that is in translation please ensure that the language is written in verse and remains poetic rather than choosing a modern adaptation that may simplify the form and content. You may choose to be gender blind in your selection. Please choose a character close to your own age and perform in your native accent.

We invite a limited number of candidates back for recall auditions. These include further workshops, including a storytelling workshop with your instrument, and panel auditions where you will perform your speeches again to our Heads of Department. Further details about recalls will be provided after your first audition.

First Round Auditions: London

Saturday 14th December (9.30am)

Additional dates to be announced

Recalls: London

Audition dates released once applications open

Musical Theatre candidates take part in a dance class, starting with a full-body warm up and corner exercises before learning and performing a short jazz/modern dance routine. They also perform one of their chosen songs and speeches. We always see all three disciplines – singing, acting and dance – as we think this is imperative in order to see your potential as a musical theatre actor.

Musical Theatre applicants are asked to prepare:

  • a monologue from a play written after 1997
  • a classical speech in verse (not prose) that was written prior to 1800.
  • EITHER two contrasting songs, both from musicals
  • OR two contrasting songs, one from a musical and one from a genre of your own choice

For the speeches you may select from writers including Shakespeare and his contemporaries or choose from Elizabethan, Jacobean, ancient Greek, Roman, Restoration or international equivalent periods. We are interested in seeing you perform a dramatic speech with complex language that is character led. If you are selecting a play that is in translation please ensure that the language is written in verse and remains poetic rather than choosing a modern adaptation that may simplify the form and content. You may choose to be gender blind in your selection.

The six volumes of The Singer’s Musical Theatre Anthology provide excellent song selections and can be downloaded for free, but you may choose work from any musical.

Please note that the speeches must:

  • Last no longer than two minutes each
  • Be from published plays and should not be extracts from poems, novels, films or television scripts
  • Involve a character close to your own age
  • Be performed in your native accent

Please note that songs:

  • must allow you to show two contrasting vocal approaches, one of which should be the more classical sounding style that can be associated with musical theatre singing.
  • Be performed in the key in which the music is written (the accompanist will not transpose into a different key)
  • Give you the opportunity to act through them
  • Not be from the classical repertoire (this includes opera)

We invite a limited number of candidates back for second round auditions. These include further workshops and panel auditions. Further details about recalls will be provided at your audition.

First Round Auditions: London

Tuesday 10th December (9.30am)
Tuesday 10th December (2.00pm)
Thursday 12th December (9.30am)
Thursday 12th December (2.00pm)

Additional dates to be announced

Recalls: London

Audition dates released once applications open

First Round Auditions: Regional Locations

Audition dates released once applications open

First Round Auditions: International Locations

Audition dates released once applications open

NB: If you are successful in this first round you will be required to attend a recall in London.

Postgraduate

Postgraduate acting candidates will take part in a morning of movement/improvisation workshops and present classic and contemporary monologues. There is a recall audition on the same day with selected candidates invited to stay on for further workshops, monologue sessions and an interview in the afternoon.

Candidates are asked to prepare:

  • a monologue from a play written after 1997
  • a classical speech in verse (not prose) that was written prior to 1800.

You may select from writers including Shakespeare and his contemporaries or choose from Elizabethan, Jacobean, ancient Greek, Roman, Restoration or international equivalent periods. We are interested in seeing you perform a dramatic speech with complex language that is character led. If you are selecting a play that is in translation please ensure that the language is written in verse and remains poetic rather than choosing a modern adaptation that may simplify the form and content. You may choose to be gender blind in your selection.

Please note that the speeches must:

  • Last no longer than two minutes each
  • Be from published plays and should not be extracts from poems, novels, films or television scripts
  • Involve a character close to your own age
  • Be performed in your native accent

Audition Dates: London

Audition dates released once applications open

 

Audition Dates: International

Audition dates released once applications open

 

Musical Theatre candidates all have a morning of singing and dance auditions. Select candidates asked to stay for second-round auditions and an interview in the afternoon.

Musical Theatre applicants are asked to prepare:

  • a monologue from a play written after 1997
  • a classical speech in verse (not prose) that was written prior to 1800.
  • EITHER two contrasting songs, both from musicals
  • OR two contrasting songs, one from a musical and one from a genre of your own choice

For the speeches you may select from writers including Shakespeare and his contemporaries or choose from Elizabethan, Jacobean, ancient Greek, Roman, Restoration or international equivalent periods. We are interested in seeing you perform a dramatic speech with complex language that is character led. If you are selecting a play that is in translation please ensure that the language is written in verse and remains poetic rather than choosing a modern adaptation that may simplify the form and content. You may choose to be gender blind in your selection.

The six volumes of The Singer’s Musical Theatre Anthology provide excellent song selections and can be downloaded for free, but you may choose work from any musical.

Please note that the speeches must:

  • Last no longer than two minutes each
  • Be from published plays and should not be extracts from poems, novels, films or television scripts
  • Involve a character close to your own age
  • Be performed in your native accent

Please note that songs:

  • must allow you to show two contrasting vocal approaches, one of which should be the more classical sounding style that can be associated with musical theatre singing.
  • Be performed in the key in which the music is written (the accompanist will not transpose into a different key)
  • Give you the opportunity to act through them
  • Not be from the classical repertoire (this includes opera)

Audition Dates: London

Audition dates released once applications open

Audition Dates: Regional Locations

Audition dates released once applications open

Audition Dates: International

Audition dates released once applications open

INTERVIEWS

There are no fees for interviews for Theatre Production Arts, Creative Producing, Musical Direction, Site-Specific Theatre Practice, Theatre for Community and Education or Theatre Directing courses.

Theatre Production Arts & Scenic Art and Prop Making

Theatre Production Arts (SoundLighting or Stage Management) candidates visit Mountview for a half-day of workshop experiences and a chance to see the Academy. As part of this there is a short interview at which they can talk about their production arts experience. Scenic Art and Prop Making candidates will be invited for an interview, where they can learn more about the course and life at Mountview.

Interview Dates

Theatre Production Arts

Tuesday 19 November
Tuesday 10 December
Tuesday 21 January
Tuesday 18 February
Tuesday 17 March
Tuesday 7 April
Tuesday 19 May
Tuesday 9 June

Creative Producing, Theatre Directing, Musical Direction, Site-Specific Theatre Practice & Theatre, Community and Education

Creative Producing, Musical Direction, Site Specific Theatre, Theatre, Community and Education, Theatre Directing and Theatre Production Arts candidates are invited to Mountview for an interview with the Head of Programme at which they discuss their previous experience, interests and influences. Some courses require a portfolio of work. There is no application fee.