Take Centre Stage | Audition for National Youth Theatre 

Are you aged between 14-25 and interested in joining our prestigious company of young artists, technicians and performers? We're auditioning for our summer acting courses all over the UK from 12 January 2019. Regardless of experience, we want to meet you! 

Prefer to get involved in our backstage courses? We're also holding backstage interviews to meet young people who have a flare for theatre-making.

Audition for us in

Aberysthwyth | Belfast | Bexhill on Sea | Birmingham | Blackburn | Bournemouth | Bradford | Brighton | Bristol
Cambridge | Canterbury | Cardiff | Chelmsford | Edinburgh | Hull | Lancaster | Leeds | Leicester | Liverpool | London
Manchester | Newcastle | Northampton | Norwich | Nottingham | Oxford | Plymouth | Sheffield | Swansea | York 

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What happens in a National Youth Theatre audition? 

Terms and Conditions 
Please read all terms and conditions before booking your audition or backstage interview 
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What do I need to prepare? 
Auditions FAQ's 

Where and when can I audition or interview? 
See a full list of dates and participating venues

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

  • 12 January 2019 - 31 March 2019 | National Auditions and Backstage Interviews take place across the UK 
  • 2 May 2019 | Results Day 
  • Summer 2019 | Summer courses TBC

How can the NYT help me take part? 

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 NYT Bursary Fund - Find out more and how to apply here
The Hugh Bonneville Auditions Access Fund 
The Islington Pledge  

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Auditions 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

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