National Youth Theatre announces Nationwide Auditions

Published: Sunday, January 28, 2018 10:01 AM

NYT is holding a search for talented new members at more locations than ever before, with auditions and interviews taking place at more than 40 locations across the UK for ages 14 – 25 for its 2018 intake. Successful applicants will follow in the footsteps of celebrated alumni, getting the chance to develop their talent with the world’s leading youth arts organisation.

Paddington star Hugh Bonneville, who is a National Youth Theatre Patron and alumnus said: “I loved meeting this year’s National Youth Theatre REP Company recently after watching their terrific, visceral production of Othello in the West End. I’d encourage any young person looking to find an outlet for their talent to sign up for an audition. The skills you develop at the National Youth Theatre will help set you up for whatever you want to go on to do in life, on stage or off it. And you’ll make lifelong friends, too.”

The NYT’s application process gives applicants from all backgrounds across the UK the chance to join the prestigious company and build careers in the industry whilst learning to work with other young people. The courses provide skills development in theatre practice, voice and movement. The backstage programme provides practical experience, allowing participants to develop skills within a range of fields including lighting, sound, scenic construction, stage management or costume. This year NYT will launch a new Digital Course as part of the Backstage Courses.

This year the NYT REP Company celebrated its fifth year in the West End with a three-month run at the Ambassadors. Since its conception 77 actors have benefitted from the free training the course offers, which collectively would have cost nearly £700,000 to train for a year at drama school. Over half of the REP actors have been female and over 25% have been BAME. Over 95% of participants have gone on to work professionally in the creative industries with alumni including Sope Dirisu (2013), title role star of the RSC’s 2017 production of Coriolanus, Seraphina Beh (2016) recently seen as Madison Drake in EastEnders and who was cast after being spotted in the REP and started filming the following week, Ellise Chappell (2015) who plays Morwenna in BBC One’s Poldark and Lauren Lyle (2015) who stars as Marsali in the Amazon Prime drama series Outlander. It has recently been announced that the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has awarded the NYT REP Company £75,000 over the next three years.


Audition dates are now on sale and can be purchased here.
Applicants need to apply by 24 March 2018. Auditions cost £46 and the NYT operate a bursary fund for those facing financial barriers to applying. In 2017 £650,000 worth of support has been awarded.

Aberystwyth, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
23 and 24 Feb

Barnsley Civic
17 March

Belfast Grand Opera House
10 Feb

Bexhill On Sea , De La Warr Pavilion Marina
24 March

Birmingham, MAC
24 and 25 Feb

Blackburn, The Bureau
17th March

Birmingham, Old REP
17 and 18 Feb

Bradford, Alhambra Theatre
3 Feb

Bridlington Spa
3 and 4 March

Brighton, Dome
3 and 4 Feb

Bristol, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
17, 18 Feb, 10, 17 March

Bristol, Hamilton House
14 - 17 Feb

Bournemouth - Arts University Bournemouth
3 March

Canterbury, Gulbenkian
17, 18 Feb

Cardiff, WMC
3 and 4 Feb

Cornwall, Hall for Cornwall
17 Feb

Chelmsford, Tomorrow's Talent
16 Feb

Edinburgh, Traverse
10 and 11 Feb

Elgin, Gordonstoun School
25 Feb

Glasgow, Platform
17 and 18 Feb

Guildford, G Live
3 March

Hull, Hull Truck
10 Feb

Lancaster, The Dukes
3, 4 Feb

Leeds, West Yorkshire Playhouse
15, 16, 17 Feb

Leicester, The Curve
10, 17 & 18 Feb

Liverpool, Everyman
3 March

London, Archway Methodist
12 - 16 Feb

London, ArtsDepot
20, 21 Jan

London, Theatre Peckham
15, 16 Feb & 3, 4 March

London, Jackson's Lane
4, 11, 18, 25 Feb & 4 March

London, London Bubble
12 -16 Feb

London, National Youth Theatre
13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 Jan, 10 - 18 Feb

London, Toynbee Studios
10 - 17 Feb

London, St James the Less, Pimlico
27 Jan, 3, 10, 17, 24 Feb, 3, 10, 17, 24 March

Manchester, Z Arts (Backstage Interviews)
24 Feb

Manchester Royal Exchange
3, 4, 10, 11, 20, 21, 24 Feb

Milton Keynes - Stantonbury Theatre
24 Feb, 17 March

Newcastle / Gateshead, Baltic
17, 18 March

Northampton, Royal & Derngate
16 Feb

Norwich, Theatre Royal
15 -18 Feb

Nottingham Playhouse
17 Feb

Plymouth, Devonport Guildhall
17, 18 Feb

Sheffield, Sheffield Theatres
23, 24 Feb

Swansea - Gower College
24 March

York Theatre Royal
15,16 Feb

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