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Finalist for the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre

Posted 08 Aug 2023 by Joe Duggan

young people at a reception desk with national in pink neon above

Copyright Jim Stephenson 2021

We’re pleased to have been named be one of three finalists for the UK's Most Welcoming Theatre at the 2023 UK Theatre Awards.

Paul Roseby, CEO & Artistic Director: "Our award-winning venue champions live theatre and offers a creative home for thousands of young people. Open 7 days a week, we meet a diversity of needs creatively through our staff, programme and accessible spaces. I’m pleased that our efforts to welcome all have been recognised by the UK Theatre Awards."

Hundreds of thousands of young people have been through the doors of the National Youth Theatre on the Holloway Road, where the world’s first youth theatre has nurtured new performing and backstage talent since 1987. In 2021 the building reopened following a major redevelopment led by DSDHA introducing a performance space for the first time, doubling the spaces for young people and significantly improving the building’s accessibility, sustainability, flexibility and welcome. The ambitious redevelopment, creating a National Creative Production House for young people to learn alongside professional rehearsals, has been recognised with multiple awards including a RIBA London award and a Architects’ Journal Retrofit Award for its environmental credentials.

We are grateful to everyone who has played their part in making it a welcoming place and the team and supporters who made our major redevelopment possible.

Find out more about our venue, which has a wide range of flexible spaces available to hire for rehearsals, filming, performances, events, meetings and more.

We're grateful to our principal supporter Arts Council England.