Auditions 2020 | UK Roadshow

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Thank you for visiting our auditions page.

Please note that auditions to join our Intake Courses in summer 2020 are now closed.  If you are interested in auditioning with us in 2021 sign up to our mailing list so you can be notified when we launch the dates and venues.

You cant still get involved with NYT this summer on our Digital Masterclasses. Click here to find out more.

In 2020 we auditioned in:

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

Please choose a venue

How can National Youth Theatre help me take part? 

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, disability or background. 

Free and Affordable Audition Routes  

  • Fee Waivers & Bursaries: Apply for support to cover the cost of an Audition or Backstage Interview
  • The Auditions Access Fund: A annual programme, delivering free workshops and audition days to 10 partners nationally with limited arts provision 
  • The Islington Pledge: Live in Islington? Check here to see if you're eligible for a free NYT Audition
  • Digital Auditions: Available to young people who live +25 miles from our audition venues, or have a disability or health condition and would prefer to audition remotely. 


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


What happens in a National Youth Theatre audition? 

A National Youth Theatre audition is a full-day experience. We structure our audition days with a 3 hour ensemble workshop in the morning, followed by a 1-2-1 audition in the afternoon. This is to give you a chance to explore ensemble theatre (making theatre as a group) and how you work with fellow performers in the room.

The workshop is also a great chance to settle into the day and calm any nerves you may have before your individual audition. 

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 2 minutes. 

Read more about what to prepare

Listen to our podcast to find out more about the day (Transcript here)

What next? 

You'll find out on 6 May 2020 whether you've been successful or not. 

If you're successful, you'll be invited to join one of our 2020 Summer Courses.  After the course, you become an NYT Company Member, until you turn 26 - opening doors to a huge range of opportunities including getting involved in NYT productions, Creative Leadership training, free workshops and much more. 

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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, ITV Harlots