RTÉ Television and Screentime ShinAwil have launched Ireland's biggest ever musical theatre talent search.

The search, which will be featured in the 10-week television show 'Fame The Musical', aims to find male and female stars for a nationwide tour of the West End production.

Leading the search for the new musical theatre stars will be stage producer Robert C Kelly, actor and director Simon Delaney and actress and singer Erica Gimpel, who starred as Coco Hernandez in the original 'Fame' television series.

Auditions for the show are due to take place in Dublin, Cork and the heart of the West End in London.

After the auditions, successful candidates will attend an intense workshop. Later the performers selected by the judges will battle it out over eight weeks, on the Helix stage during the live television shows.

Two contestants will eventually be crowned winners, earning their place on the nationwide tour of 'Fame The Musical'.

Steve Carson, Director of Programmes, RTÉ TV said: "Not only does 'Fame The Musical' provide a platform for emerging talent, but it creates a real career opportunity for the winners."

For details about auditions click here.