Auditions & Backstage Interviews

Auditions and interviews are now open to join the National Youth Theatre Company

Are you aged between 14-25? Want to be a part of our life changing courses and epic shows?

You can. We want to discover exceptional performers and technicians from across the UK and will be visiting over 30 theatre and arts venues in Spring 2017. Our mission is to discover unique and diverse talent.

After auditions and interviews, we invite over 500 young people to take part in our Acting and Backstage courses during August 2017. Upon completing this unique summer programme, you will become a company member of the National Youth Theatre. As a member, it will open doors to castings for our prestigious shows and incredible experiences outside of the organisation, such as free West End tickets, film and TV castings, drama facilitation training, industry-leading workshops and Q&As.

Book your audition or take part in a backstage experience day for just £46 and take part in a three-hour group workshop with a professional theatre director and a one-on-one session for you to perform a speech of your choice. As backstage applicants you will be given the chance to meet a backstage professional and attend an experience day to discover the opportunities that await behind the scenes.  

Hear their stories, then start yours. 

Find your nearest venues and book your audition: 

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Interview to join one of our backstage membership courses

Love theatre but not a performer?

Every year the National Youth Theatre work with hundreds of young people aged between 16-25 who help bring our shows to life through their talents not just on stage, but backstage too.

Whether you are interested in lighting, sound, scenic construction, stage management or costume, there could be a role for you to be a part of our epic shows amongst our vital backstage teams. Led by industry experts, with backstage visits and tours to top theatre venues, our backstage courses give you practical experience that will help develop your interest and technical knowledge within your chosen field.

The courses cater for all levels of experience. So, if you have knowledge in your field already our industry professional tutor will be able to stretch you, or if you are brand new to backstage its a great way to try something new and develop your interest in a specific field. 

If you are interested in applying to join our backstage programme you will need to attend a ‘backstage experience day’. The day is designed for you to see all elements of our backstage courses, while applying for the faculty you would like to develop your skills in. 

On the experience day you will:

  • Be introduced to an industry-based professional
  • Learn more about the National Youth Theatre and each role within our backstage opportunities
  • Take part in a problem solving challenge 
  • Take part in an informal interview about you interests and any previous experience
  • Be given the chance to meet current backstage members and ask questions about backstage membership

We're holding experience days in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol. Book your experience day now and save on our limited early bird offer. 

If you are are unable to attend any of the advertsied experience days below but would like to be considered for our backstage opportunities you can book a Skype interview, however we do encourage applicants to attend an experience day whenever possible to get the most out of the day.

  • Backstage Technical

    Birmingham - Mac Arts

    Sat 25 February 2017 10:00AM

  • Backstage Technical

    London - National Youth Theatre (Studio)

    Sat 04 March 2017 10:00AM

  • Backstage Technical

    London - National Youth Theatre (Studio)

    Sun 05 March 2017 10:00AM

  • Backstage Technical

    London - National Youth Theatre (Studio)

    Sat 25 March 2017 10:00AM

  • Backstage Technical

    London - National Youth Theatre (Studio)

    Sun 26 March 2017 10:00AM



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Backstage course guide

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Watch NYT Patron and Bridget Jones's Baby star Sarah Solemani talking about her first audition and experience with the National Youth Theatre. 


Accessibility, fees and funding 

We are looking for a company who represent the diversity of Britain’s Youth. We celebrate individuals and do not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, gender, sexuality or disability. If you require any assistance on the day or have any access needs please don’t hesitate to contact us before your audition or interview on     
We strongly believe in offering equal opportunities and pride ourselves on accessibility. Bursaries are available on request to help cover the cost of an audition and course fees to those most in need. The NYT Bursary Fund is high in demand so we ask you only to apply for a bursary if you are experiencing financial hardship. They are means tested and will be offered to part cover transport, course fees or accommodation costs should you be successful in gaining a place. To apply for a bursary to cover the cost on an audition please email

Every year young people fundraise the full amount of their audition and course fees in order to take part.If you would like a fundraising guide pack to help fund your audition or course experience please email