About Us

The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain is a world-leading youth arts organisation. We were established in 1956 as the first youth theatre in the world and over the past 60 years we have nurtured the talent of hundreds of thousands of young people.

At National Youth Theatre we inspire, train, and showcase exceptional performers and theatre technicians aged 14-25 from Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Each year we reach out across the UK to discover diverse new talent.

“I joined NYT through their social inclusion programme. I just got my first acting job with the BBC”

Heider REP Company Member

Our training is unique because we believe that the best place for young performers to learn is on stage in front of an audience. We showcase young talent on West End stages, in stadiums world-wide and at iconic sites both at home and abroad. We commission brave and relevant new writing and reinterpret classic stories for our time. We are as ambitious as the young people we serve.

Our world-renowned alumni include: Dame Helen Mirren, Daniel Craig, Colin Firth, Rosamund Pike, Daniel Day-Lewis, Orlando Bloom, Catherine Tate, Sir Ben Kingsley, Ashley Jensen, Sir Derek Jacobi, Timothy Dalton, David Walliams, Matt Lucas, Hugh Bonneville, Matt Smith and many more. Former NYT members also include sector-leaders in politics, business, law, the media and medicine.

The National Youth Theatre is a Registered Charity number 306075 / SCO43665 

It is the policy of NYT to safeguard the welfare of all young people with which it works by protecting them from neglect and physical, sexual and emotional harm. Read our full safeguarding statement here.

About Us