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National Youth Theatre

The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain is a world-leading youth arts charity. Established in 1956 as the world’s first youth theatre, we have nurtured the talent of hundreds of thousands of young people aged 14 to 25 and reached audiences of over 2 billion. We discover, inspire and showcase exceptional performers and theatre technicians from Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commissioning brave and relevant new writing and reinterpreting classic stories for our time.

We platform young talent on West End stages, at leading theatres around the UK, on screen and at iconic outdoor sites both home and abroad. We offer free alternative routes into the industry, develop young creative leaders and are a force for positive change through social inclusion in the UK and international cultural exchange around the world. We celebrate the diversity of Britain’s youth in all its forms and strive to improve access to the performing arts and break down any barriers that might prevent young people from participating in our work.

Read more about this work, our Bursary Fund and free opportunities around the UK at Our digital programme includes pioneering mixed reality work, original filmed drama, cheap digital auditions and digital storytelling courses.   

Our world-renowned alumni include: Helen Mirren, Daniel Craig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rosamund Pike, Daniel Day-Lewis, David Oyelowo, Orlando Bloom, Andrea Riseborough, Gareth Pugh, Catherine Tate, Ben Kingsley, Ashley Jensen, Matt Lucas, Hugh Bonneville, David Harewood, Matthew Warchus, Matt Smith, Adeel Akhtar, Zawe Ashton, Michael Grandage and many more.

You can find out more about National Youth Theatre and how to apply for an audition, interview or creative opportunity at