After visiting a record of over 70 venues and schools in 2019 across the UK, our Auditions roadshow has now come to an end. Auditions for Summer Courses in 2019 are now closed. There are still many ways to get involved with National Youth Theatre over the Summer. Take part in a 6 day Masterclass or come and see a National Youth Theatre production. Find out whats on here. For news about 2020 Auditions, sign up to our mailing list.
Prefer to get involved behind the scenes? We're also holding Backstage Interviews to meet young people who want to train in technical theatre until 25th May. Train to become part of the vital teams who make theatre happen.
Courses: Acting, Backstage, Masterclasses and more
There are many different ways you can get involved and develop your talent with the National Youth Theatre. From free nine-month talent development programmes, to six day intensive skills-based masterclasses, our courses offer young people a platform to learn, practice and thrive as young creatives and as individuals.
Every year we work with new venues, companies and talented young people to produce a season of work. In 2019 we'll be bringing shows and workshops across the UK. Keep your eyes peeled in the Spring for our full 2019 season announcement.
The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain is a world-leading youth arts organisation. Established in 1956 as the world’s first youth theatre, we have nurtured the talent of hundreds of thousands of young people over 60 years. We inspire, nurture and showcase exceptional performers and theatre technicians from Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commissioning brave and relevant new writing and reinterpreting classic stories for our time.
We are as ambitious as the young people we serve, platforming young talent on West End stages, in stadiums world-wide and at iconic sites both home and abroad.
Our world renowned alumni include: Helen Mirren, Daniel Craig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rosamund Pike, Daniel Day-Lewis, David Oyelowo, Orlando Bloom, Andrea Riseborough, Gareth Pugh, Catherine Tate, Ben Kingsley, Ashley Jensen, Matt Lucas, Hugh Bonneville, Matthew Warchus, Matt Smith, Adeel Akhtar, Zawe Ashton, Michael Grandage and many more.
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.
National Youth Theatre is a registered charity number 306075 / SCO43665
“The National Youth Theatre at this moment in time is incredibly important because the way my business is going, it’s the prerogative only of kids who have got money. It was my way in because we didn’t have money to send me to drama school.”
Helen Mirren Oscar Winning Actor and National Youth Theatre Alumna
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National Youth Theatre gives young people the opportunity to learn as much about themselves and how to relate to others, as they do about acting and technical theatre. Whilst some of our members go on to become well known faces of stage and screen, many others go on to be great lawyers, journalists, doctors, teachers, entrepreneurs, CEOs and much more. Last year NYT awarded £65O,OOO of bursaries to young people in need. Supporting NYT Bursary Fund will help to ensure that financial barriers do not prevent young people from reaching their full potential. Help a young person stand out from the crowd.
Our latest donors...
- Jody Newman made a donation to our Playing Up programme
- Douglas Gilmore makes a monthly donation to support the Bursary Fund
- Tim Lloyd Hughes set up a Virgin Money Giving page to fundraise for NYT for his 60th birthday
- David Pearl raised over £5,000 at his NYT Supper Club