Auditions 2020 | UK Roadshow

Take Centre Stage | Audition for National Youth Theatre

2020 Auditions are now open for young performers aged 14-25. Bursaries are available

Choose a monologue, pick a venue, have fun. 

In 2020 we are auditioning in:

Belfast | Bexhill-on-Sea | Birmingham | Bournemouth | Brighton | Bristol | Cambridge | Canterbury | Cardiff | Chichester | Chelmsford | Cornwall | Edinburgh | Glasgow | Guildford | Hull | Kendal | Keswick | Leeds| Leicester | Liverpool | London | Manchester | Newcastle | Northampton | Norwich | Nottingham | Oswaldtwistle |
Oxford | Plymouth | Reading | Sheffield | Swansea | Whitstable | York

Be part of something bigger. 

View 2020 venues on the drop down list below. 

Please choose a venue

Download our Auditions and Backstage Interviews Poster 

Accessibility and Bursaries

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

Please note, if you applying for a bursary for the Summer Course, you will be sent a link to the Summer Course Bursary form in your information pack following your results email. 

Auditions are for young performers aged 14-25. You can audition at the age of 13 as long as you turn 14 before the summer intake course in 2020. 

Bursaries available

Be Part of Something Bigger 



What happens in a National Youth Theatre audition? 
A National Youth Theatre audition is a full-day experience. From 10am, you'll take part in a 3 hour workshop led by National Youth Theatre Associates. 
In the afternoon, from 2pm you'll have an individual audition slot to perform a monologue of your choice of up to 3 minutes. 

Listen to our podcast about what happens at a National Youth Theatre audition day. 

Download the transcript here. 

Terms and Conditions 
Please read all terms and conditions before booking your audition or backstage interview 
Read Terms and Conditions

What do I need to prepare? 
Auditions FAQ's 

Where and when can I audition or interview? 
We are holding auditions across the UK between November 2019 and March 2020. Find your nearest venue on the drop down list above. 

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 summer courses. After completing the course (which lasts for two – four weeks depending on your age) you will become a company member of the organisation, opening doors to a range of performance and talent development opportunities within the National Youth Theatre and beyond. You can keep your membership until you turn 26, so whether you are at school, University, in work or looking for your next move, the opportunity to be an active member of our dynamic company will always be open.  
Find out more about NYT Company Membership

Key Dates

  • November 2019 - 31st March 2020 | National Auditions and Backstage Interviews take place across the UK 
  • 6 May 2020 | Results Day 
  • Summer 2020 | Summer Courses Dates 

Backstage Course (16-25) 
Course dates and venue - TBC

Junior Course (14-17)
Course dates and venue - TBC

Senior Course (18-25)*
Course dates and venue - TBC

Epic Stages (18-25)*
Course dates and venue - TBC

*Suitability for the courses will be decided at auditions, based on experience and current skill-set 

How can the NYT help me take part? 

Wherever possible we work at fully accessible venues. If you have a question about the accessibility of a venue, or have any access requirements please get in touch ahead of your audition day on

We offer a range of bursaries to help those facing financial hardship in order to take part in our auditions, courses and productions as well as help with travel expenses, course fees and living costs. 

The Hugh Bonneville Auditions Access Fund 
The Islington Pledge


Auditions and Backstage Interviews FAQs 
Backstage Course guide 
Courses FAQs
Results FAQs  


I auditioned and did the summer course in 2017, and had the best time, meeting amazing people and creatives. Now I’m in the 2018 REP Company working on our West End Season. Auditioning is the first step of what can be a huge journey. Go for it!

Aidan Cheng