Auditions Access Fund

The National Youth Theatre's Auditions Access Fund supported by Hugh Bonneville

As part of the National Youth Theatre's ongoing commitment to outreach and access, we've launched a new Auditions Access Fund, supported by NYT Alumnus and Patron Hugh Bonneville. The grant of £37,500 will support free participation in workshops and auditions over three years at 30 schools and youth groups around Great Britain which have lost drama provision. 

Our 2019 Partner Venues 

In 2019 we'll be visiting the below Partner Venues, hosting a FREE participation workshop and auditions day at each.

Theatre for Life Youth Theatre – Southampton
•    Workshop: 12 February, Audition Day: 16 March 
Pembrokeshire College - Haverfordwest
•    Workshop: 27 January, Audition Day: 10 February
The Ebbsfleet Academy - Ebbsfleet, Kent 
•    Workshop: 25 January, Audition Day: 7 March
Cockburn John Charles Academy - Leeds
•    Workshop: 6 March, Audition Day: 15 March
The English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College - Hartlepool  
•    Workshop: 15 February, Audition Day: 10 March
Liskeard School and Community College - Liskeard, Cornwall 
•    Workshop: 29 January, Audition Day: 17 February
The Playhouse Theatre - Derry/Londonderry
•    Workshop: 2 February, Audition Day: 19 February
The Core - Corby, Northampton
•    Workshop: 2 March, Audition Day: 17 March
Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
•    Workshop: 9 March, Audition Day: 16 March
Fusion Young Performers - Minehead, West Somerset 
•    Workshop: 3 March, Audition Day: 8 April

If you're a young person aged 14-25 local to the area who wishes to take part in the free workshop and audition day, you can apply to take part below!

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Successful applicants will be contacted in due course.


"The chance for young people to explore their creative talents is essential for their development. For some, taking part in drama can inspire a career in the creative industries; for all, it provides invaluable skills, building confidence in communication and self-expression. The decline of drama in schools and cuts to local youth theatre groups is a reality, which is why I am establishing the NYT Audition Access Fund. This initiative will give young talent in specially selected areas of the country where access to drama is under threat the chance to audition for and experience the National Youth Theatre for free. Becoming a member of the NYT changed my life and I’m delighted to be playing my part in giving the next generation a similar opportunity."  

Hugh Bonneville  


How do I get my school or youth group involved? 
Applications to be one of our partner organisations in 2020 will launch later on in 2019. 

If you are part of a school or youth group local to our 2019 partner organisations who would like to get involved, please email 

When will the auditions take place? 
The Audition Access Fund auditions will happen at the same time as our annual national auditions, between January - March 2019. Anyone aged between 14-25 can take part.  

What happens if I am successful? 
If you successfully audition or interview you will be invited to join one of the National Youth Theatre's prestigious summer courses. Following the course you will become a company member of the organisation which can open doors to a wealth of further opportunities within the National Youth Theatre and beyond. Find out more about NYT Membership 

Not local to any of our Auditions Access Fund venues, how else can the National Youth Theatre help me take part? 

You can apply for a bursary to cover one of our intake auditions, happening across the country. 

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. Find out more and apply 

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