Auditions 2019 | UK Roadshow

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 2019 Summer acting courses at over 70 venues nationwide.

Regardless of experience, we want to meet you! Deadline for applications is 31 March 2019

Already applied for an audition and looking for inspiration? Check out these #NYTAuditionTips from National Youth Theatre Alumni. 

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

Audition for us at a venue near you. We're in:

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

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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. 

Why should I audition for the National Youth Theatre?
Here's what National Youth Theatre Company Members have to say about their experience. 

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? 
See a full list of dates and participating venues. Deadline for applications is 31 March 2019. 

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 Dates 

Backstage Course (16-25) 
Monday 5th August - Saturday 24th August 2019
Rose Bruford College, DA15 9DF

Junior Course (14-17) TBC 
Monday 29th July - Saturday 10th August 2019 
Goldsmiths University, SE14 6NW

Senior Course (18-25)* TBC 
Monday 13th August - Saturday 31st August 2019 
Goldsmiths University, SE14 6NW

Epic Stages (18-25)*
Tuesday 30th July - Saturday 24th August 2019
Rose Bruford College, DA15 9DF

*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

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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

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