National Youth Theatre of Great Britain

National Youth Theatre of Great Britain

Charity information

National Youth Theatre of Great Britain

The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain is a world-leading youth arts organisation. We were established in 1956 as the first youth theatre in the world and over the past 60 years we have nurtured the talent of hundreds of thousands of young people.

We inspire, train, and showcase exceptional performers and theatre technicians aged 14-25 from Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Each year we reach out across the UK to discover diverse new talent.

Our training is unique because we believe that the best place for young performers to learn is on stage in front of an audience. We showcase young talent on West End stages, in stadiums world-wide and at iconic sites both at home and abroad. We commission brave and relevant new writing and reinterpret classic stories for our time. We are as ambitious as the young people we serve.

Founded 1956

  • Mission statement


    NYT is a world leading youth arts organisation. We inspire, develop and showcase exceptional young people aged 14 to 25 from across the UK.

    We believe that the best way for young people to learn is by doing, and by engaging with leading artists and industry professionals.

    We create skill development models that nurture and support talent, providing alternatives to formal training which respond to and meet young people’s needs. Our programmes give young people the competitive edge and support their practical career development.

    Our commitment to excellence sees us work with the most exceptional young people each year through our flagship programmes, NYT REP and Playing Up.

    We champion and develop the best in emerging talent, including directors and writers, and commission brave and relevant new work.

    We provide creative pathways that enable young people interested in all areas of the theatre industry to progress.

    We produce live performance that reflects the times we live in. Innovative mass ensemble events have fuelled our ambition, giving a platform for young people’s creativity.

    We are international in our outlook, at the front line of cultural diplomacy and promoting global citizenship.

    We look to partner with people and organisations that can take our vision in new directions. By drawing on established talent including our diverse and highly skilled alumni, we are able to offer young people mentorship opportunities and access to creative networks.

    We are a company of firsts, continually breaking the mould and cementing our reputation as a pioneer in youth arts performance.

    We are as ambitious as the young people we serve.


    NYT’s ethos and approach are informed by our core values:

    We deliver excellence
    We are inclusive
    We consistently innovate and pioneer
    We inspire young people
    We nurture talent
    We promote respect

  • Aims

    National Youth Theatre of Great Britain aims to:

    • We champion the alternative. NYT sets the agenda for youth arts: we champion talent, providing alternative pathways for young people into training and employment.
    • We take creative risks. Ideas are NYT’s cultural strength: we find innovative ways of telling old and new stories, developing and delivering truly diverse work.
    • We are national. NYT is a national organisation in scale, reach and reputation: we serve young people across the UK, working with a network of partners to maximise our impact.
    • We pioneer cultural diplomacy NYT works at the pioneering front line of cultural diplomacy, profiling young talent on a world stage and showcasing our values to others. This role sets NYT apart and underpins our business model.
    • We build financial resilience and we sustain organisational effectiveness. NYT continues to build financial resilience, capitalising on the strength of our assets (brand and building) and investing in young people. NYT provides strong governance, effective management and an organisational culture that values staff and volunteers, rewards achievement and encourages professional development.
  • Overview

    Established: September 1956

    Registered Charity Number: 306075

    Board members: 18

    Full time staff: 12

    Volunteers: 359

    Phone number: 02036967055

    Address: 111 Buckingham Palace Road London SW1W 0DT

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