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Good evening, does anyone know children on national tour eg Matilda  / Les Mis 

where the rehearsal is going to be ( London?)

and how do they travel for tour:

managed by parents or the production arrange it, 

many thanks 

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Specific arrangements vary between productions, but rehearsals are usually in London, and children usually travel with chaperones (not parents) on a schedule that means they spend a number of days away (staying in hotels with chaperones) and then a number of days home. While away during term time children are also tutored. Parents make and pay for travel arrangements for rehearsal, though many shows pay children a small travel allowance so some costs can be recovered. For touring, everything is arranged by the production and there is limited flexibility to depart from arrangements (understandably as it is a huge logistical undertaking). While touring the production pays for chidren's travel, food and accommodation.

 

Matilda tour is closing later this year so will not be recasting. Children rehearsed in London and travel from London to perform.

Les MIs tour - boys for Gavroche rehearse in London and tour with chaperones, but girls for Little Cosette and Young Eponine are cast local to the tour production, rehearse locally and live at home.

Annie tour - children rehearse in London and travel from London to perform.

 

As Mummy twinkle toes suggests, the forum notapushymum.com is a good source of information for parents of child performers.

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I have students who have done west end productions and also tours. They rehearsed in London and generally stayed in hotels with chaperones for the rehearsal period. One production then had to spend 6 weeks rehearsing at the first tour venue. It does vary between productions and how they work their child licensing. Some are a week on tour a week off performing maybe 4 shows, some break less frequently for home visits but perform fewer times per week. Think the norm seems to be 3 casts although certain performances you can be down as understudy so you can’t leave the area. 

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Thank you so much for all your replies with so much information that I wanted to know, really  really appreciate.

 Have a lovely Easter, x 

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