Auditions & Backstage Interviews

Last chance to book: 2018 Auditions and Backstage Interviews
(For ages 14-25)

Whether you're looking for a place you can finally be yourself, or you've always loved escaping and being somebody else, we can help you find your next stage.

We're heading to over 40 arts venues & schools across the UK to meet undiscovered young talent to join our celebrated company of talented individuals. Join us.

What can the National Youth Theatre do for me? Find out more about why you should apply and where the experience may take you below.  

Already booked and looking for some more information about the day itself? 

Audition Requirements

-    Take part in a three hour workshop led by an NYT associate theatre director
-    Bring a 2-3 min speech of your choice
-    Take part in a short informal interview about yourself

Where can I audition?

We’re working with lots of different theatre venues and arts centres across the UK to try and meet as many young people as possible. Some audition dates are still being programmed, so before you book check the below list to find your nearest venue.

Participating venues 
Aberystwyth, Aberystwyth Arts Centre - 23rd, 24th Feb
Barnsley Civic - 17th March
Belfast Grand Opera House - 10th Feb
Bexhill On Sea - De La Warr Pavilion Marina 24th March 
Birmingham, MAC - 24th, 25th Feb
Birkenhead - The Hive, Wirral Youth Zone 4th March  
Blackburn, The The Bureau - 17th March 
Birmingham, Old REP 17th, 18th Feb 
Bradford, Alhambra Theatre - 3rd Feb
Bridlington Spa - 3rd, 4th March
Brighton, Dome 3rd, 4th, 24th & 25th Feb, 
Bristol, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, 17th, 18th Feb, 10th, 17th March
Bristol, Hamilton House 14th - 17th Feb
Bournemouth - Arts University Bournemouth - 3rd March
Canterbury, Gulbenkian 17th, 18th Feb
Cardiff, WMC 3rd, 4th Feb
Cornwall, Hall for Cornwall 17th Feb
Chelmsford, Tomorrow's Talent 16th Feb
Edinburgh, Traverse - 10th, 11th Feb
Elgin, Gordonstoun School, 25th Feb
Glasgow, Platform - 17th, 18th Feb
Guildford, G Live - 3rd March
Hull, Hull Truck - 10th Feb
Lancaster, The Dukes - 3rd, 4th Feb
Leeds, West Yorkshire Playhouse - 15th, 16th, 17th Feb
Leicester, The Curve - 10th, 17th & 18th Feb
Liverpool, Everyman - 3rd March
London, Archway Methodist 12th - 16th Feb
London, ArtsDepot - 20th, 21st Jan
London, Theatre Peckham - 15th, 16th Feb & 3rd, 4th March
London, Jackson's Lane - 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th Feb & 4th,11th, 18th & 25th March                 
London, London Bubble 12th-16th Feb
London, National Youth Theatre - 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th Jan, 10th - 18th Feb, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th & 31st March, 1st April 
London, Toynbee Studios - 10th - 17th Feb
London, St James the Less, Pimlico, 27th Jan, 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th Feb, 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th March 
London, Greycoats School (Victoria), 1th - 17th Feb
London, Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith 3rd, 11th, 18th & 31st March
London, Roundhouse 24th March 
Manchester, Z Arts - Backstage Interviews 24th Feb
Manchester Royal Exchange, 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 20th, 21st, 24th Feb
Milton Keynes - Stantonbury Theatre 24th Feb, 17th March
Newcastle / Gateshead, Baltic 17th, 18th March
Northampton, Royal & Derngate 16th Feb
Norwich, Theatre Royal - 15th -18th Feb
Nottingham Playhouse 17th Feb
Plymouth, Devonport Guildhall - 17th, 18th Feb 
Sheffield, Sheffield Theatres - 23rd, 24th Feb
Swansea - Gower College 24th March
York Theatre Royal 15th,16th Feb

How to book: 

Select your preferred venue from the list below, register and book online. 

Bursaries are available to help cover the cost of an audition. Applications are means tested and available to those most in need. For more information click here
Please choose a venue

What happen's if I am successful and when will I find out? 

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

    London - National Youth Theatre

    Sun 15 April 2018 10:00AM

  • Backstage Technical

    Bristol - Hamilton House

    Sat 21 April 2018 10:00AM

  • Backstage Technical

    Birmingham - The Old Rep Theatre

    Sat 28 April 2018 10:00AM


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 requirements 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 complete an application form

Every year young people fundraise the full amount of their audition and course fees in order to take part.Click here for information and advice on fundraising.