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The Polar Express is a children’s book written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg that was later adapted into the 2004 motion picture starring Tom Hanks. Our Polar Express Train Ride begins just like the film, where The Polar Express will arrive at the platform to collect guests to take them to the North Pole. Passengers will get to meet the beloved characters from the film including the conductor, the singing chefs, the hobo and of course the main man himself, Santa. Families are encouraged to wear PJs as they experience the fun-filled theatrical adventure, drink hot chocolate and eat cookies as they make their way to the North Pole. Once at the North Pole, Santa will arrive on board to meet with each guest (young and old) and give those on the nice list the first gift of Christmas, a silver sleigh bell, just as he does in the film.

We are seeking actors and musical theatre performers for this live, interactive theatrical show. In addition to talent, we are looking for actors who can speak in an American accent, that are team players, enjoy working with children, who have good improvisation skills and who can embrace the interaction between themselves and passengers to create a fun, entertaining and heart-warming experience.

All cast members need to be able to:

• React quickly to changing circumstances

• Sing (Christmas carols mostly!)

• Dance (able to follow a basic routine)

• Be 18 years or older

• Available in November & December

Roles available



Male character aged between 25-60 (male identifying). The Conductor is strong and stern, he has a task to complete and he can’t be late. This role does include Christmas carol singing and actors must be able to follow a basic dance routine. The Conductor must talk in an American accent, and ideally can grow a moustache. Must be a strong actor as they have 2 key monologues within the script.



18yrs+ all ethnicity. Good all-rounders who can sing, dance and entertain in a tight space. Individuals will also be required to clean and serve hot chocolate and cookies during the performance. The chefs must talk in an American accent.


Chef / Elf

18+yrs all ethnicities. This role is a shared role. The individual will be a chef throughout the performance until we arrive at the North Pole where they will change into Elf clothing and collect Santa. As an Elf you will be assisting Santa, you will be carrying the box of bells and will help him give these out. The chef and elf must talk in an American accent.



Hobo 18+yrs (male identifying), all ethnicities. A ghost individual who can make you question your belief in the big man. Must be a strong actor as they have 2 key monologues within the script. The hobo must talk in an American accent.


Should you require accommodation when working with us this Christmas, we are sure we can pinpoint some locations and provide you with useful contacts.  Please note: we are not affiliated with these accommodation providers and are not responsible for your stays. 

Audition Details

First set of auditions will be a 30 second to 1 minute video to be explaining why you want to be part of the Polar Express Train Ride, including what you know about The Polar Express book and/or film. Please include the role and location you are auditioning for. Send this along with your updated CV & updated Headshot.

Second set of auditions will be a group audition at location. This is by invite only. More information about this will be sent out with the invite.

Email auditions(@) or click apply below.


Rehearsal and Production Information

2nd stage auditions:

Wensleydale Railway - Mon 12th July

Cholsey and Wallingford - Wed 14th July

Spa Valley Railway - Thurs 15th July

South Devon Railway- Fri 16th July

Churnet Valley Railway - Tue 20th July

Zoom Call Auditions continue after the above dates.

Rehearsal venue & dates:

South Devon Railway - Mon 13th Sep

Cholsey and Wallingford - Wed 15th Sep

Spa Valley Railway - Thurs 16th Sep

Churnet Valley Railway - Mon 20th Sep

Wensleydale Railway - Wed 22nd Sep

Dress Rehearsals:

Wensleydale Railway - Fri 5th Nov

South Devon Railway - Mon 8th Nov

Cholsey and Wallingford - Tue 9th Nov

Spa Valley Railway - Thurs 11th Nov

Churnet Valley Railway - Mon 15th Nov

Event Start Date:

Wensleydale Railway - Fri 19th Nov

South Devon Railway - Sat 20th Nov

Spa Valley Railway - Thurs 25th Nov

Cholsey and Wallingford - Fri 26th Nov

Churnet Valley - Fri 26th Nov



The Polar Express Train Ride Wensleydale: Lemming Bar Station, Leases Road, Leeming Bar, Northallerton, DL7 9AR

We are now fully cast for Yorkshire however we are looking for talented individuals like yourself at the following locations:

South Devon:

The Polar Express Train Ride South Devon: South Devon Railway, The Railway Station, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0DZ

Staffordshire / Derbyshire / Midlands:

The Polar Express Train Ride Churnet Valley: Churnet Valley Railway, Kingsley & Froghall Station Froghall, Stoke-on-Trent ST10 2HA


The Polar Express Train Ride at Spa Valley Railway: Wealden Railway Co. Ltd, West Station, Nevill Terrace, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5QY


The Polar Express Train Ride at Cholsey and Wallingford Railway: Cholsey and Wallingford Railway,  Wallingford Station, 5 Hithercroft Road, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 9GQ


Contact Details

Apply Online

For more information contact Katie on auditions(@)

All cast members are paid.

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