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This Week at NYT | Audition tips, competitions and backstage courses!

Posted 29 Jul 2023 by Joe Duggan

It’s all go at NYT with rehearsals, casting auditions, intake auditions and Start Up courses all happening at the moment! 

The Host 

This week rehearsals began for The Host at St James’s Church Piccadilly, when we welcomed back three of our original cast from last year’s run at The Yard Theatre as well as two brand new cast members! 

The Host plays for three nights only at St James’s Piccadilly, 01-03 February. Book now

Want to know a bit more about the show? Read Director Zoe Lafferty’s notes here


Our annual auditions and interviews national tour is in full swing! We’re auditioning in over 40 venues right across the UK from January to March. All throughout that time we’ll be sharing audition tips and advice from our NYT Associates and Auditioners on our social media, so make sure to give us a follow and get the inspiration you need before your audition. 

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram 

Want to know more? Last week we hosted a Facebook Live Q&A session with our Associate Director Anna Niland, which you can watch back now. This week NYT Member Patrick Riley answers questions about being an NYT Member in another Facebook Live that you can tune into here!

The National Youth Theatre Podcast | Jingle Competition 

Are you a budding composer or musician? Fancy having your work showcased to a national audience including NYT members, associates and friends? Submit to our NYT Podcast Jingle Competition! 

We’re launching a brand new NYT Podcast, and we’re looking for a talented member to create a jingle for the podcast, which will feature in each episode. Full information here

My NYT Audition Competition 

Whether you’ve already had your NYT intake Audition or Interview this year, or yours is still to come, we want to hear from you! 

We’re looking for people auditioning for NYT in 2018 to share their experience with us, by filming a ‘My NYT Audition’ video. We’ll select the best videos, and showcase them in a playlist on the National Youth Theatre You Tube page as well as sharing them on our social media! 

Find out more and enter here!

Backstage Courses 

Interested in technical theatre? Looking for a challenge this summer? Interview to be part of one of our backstage courses! 

Our Backstage Courses are three week industry-led courses, where you can specialise in Stage Management, Lighting, Sound, Costume and Scenic Construction. 

Want to know a bit more about what it’s like to be a backstage member? Have a watch... 



February Half-Term Masterclasses

Fancy brushing up your acting skills this February half term? We still have availability on our February Masterclasses, open to everyone aged 15-25! 

Spotlight on Performing Shakespeare
Are you intimidated by classical text or struggling to find the right Shakespeare audition speech? Our Performing Shakespeare course is ideal for those wanting to get to grips with their approach to classical performing. 




We’re hiring! 

We’re currently advertising for a new Access and Skills Manager.

This is a new role for an exceptional creative education professional who will thrive managing a growing programme whilst exploiting new opportunities to roll out the NYT’s life-changing educational offer to new markets.

To find out more and submit an application, head here.

#NoGreyArea Town Hall Meeting 

We recently announced the new date for our Members’ Town Hall Meeting in response to #NoGreyArea. To sign up to the session on the 21st January, please head to the Members’ Board.

Playing Up News 

We have had 22 young people from our Playing Up course apply to UCAS this year and we are very excited about the next steps of the current Playing Up group whether it be moving into the industry, continuing at college or going to University or drama school!#

Find out more about Playing Up here! 

Member and Alumni News 

NYT Alumnus Paapa Essiedu returns to the stage later this month as Hamlet, in a national tour of the RSC’s 2016 production. You can also catch him on screen at the moment in Kiri, a new Channel 4 drama co-written by NYT Alumnus Jack Thorne. 

Hear Me Raw, by NYT Alumna Daniella Isaacs returns to stage after two sell-out runs, playing this Feb at Arcola Theatre. Daniella has organised for a NYT Members’ Night and post show discussion surrounding the production. Head here for full details!

Current NYT Member Roly Botha is starring in Strangers In Between in the West End! 

We were very saddened by the news that former National Youth Theatre member and director Graham Chinn passed away earlier this month. 

Graham Chinn’s directing credits for NYT included Bread and Butter Trade, The Ticket, Zigger Zagger and Good Lads at Heart, all by Peter Terson, Up The Truncheon by Barrie Keeffe, Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair, As You Like It and A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, Winter Dreamer by Daniel Scott and Freedom of the City by Brian Friel. 

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.