Auditions & Backstage Interviews

Take Centre Stage | National Youth Theatre Auditions and Backstage Interviews are now open 

Are you aged between 14-25 and interested in joining our prestigious company of young artists, technicians and performers? 
From 12 January 2019 the National Youth Theatre will be running auditions and backstage interviews all over the UK to meet young people who have a flare for performing and theatre-making. Regardless of experience, we want to meet you! 

Please do read through the terms and conditions below before booking your place. 

What happens in a National Youth Theatre audition? 

Terms and Conditions 
Read Terms and Conditions

What do I need to prepare? 
Auditions FAQ's 

Where and when can I audition? 
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
12th January 2019 - 31st March 2019 | National Auditions and Backstage Interviews take place across the UK 
2nd May 2019 | Results Day 
Summer 2019 | Summer courses TBC

APPLY NOW | Use the drop down to select your nearest venue and hit Apply Now to look up dates currently available to book

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Backstage Membership 
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Tell me more about the National Youth Theatre backstage programmes  

  • Backstage Technical

    Manchester - Royal Exchange Theatre

    Sun 24 February 2019 10:00AM

  • Backstage Technical

    London - National Youth Theatre

    Sat 02 March 2019 10:00AM


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. 
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     

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