NYMT 2020 Season Auditions

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They all started out with NYMT


MUSICIANS and STAGE CREW shoud email [email protected] to arrange an audition/interview.

In January and February we shall be auditioning throughout the UK to find outstanding young people aged 10-23 for our productions - as actors, musicians, stage crew and as creative assistants.

Take your place in over 40 years of musical theatre history by auditioning for the award-winning National Youth Music Theatre. Our 2020 programme comprises four full productions - including a new musical commissioned especially by NYMT - and a residential workshop of a piece currently in development. 

NYMT provides exciting opportunities for...

  • Stage performers
  • Musicians and actor-musicians
  • Lighting & sound technicians
  • Stage management, backstage crew & costume assistants
  • Assistant directors, musical directors, choreographers & designers


For information about our 2020 season productions, and for rehearsal and production dates, see here.

Audition venues:

  • Belfast - The MAC [Sun 9 Feb] 
  • Birmingham Ormiston Academy [Sun 19 Jan]
  • Bristol Old Vic Theatre School [Sat 4 Jan]
  • Cardiff - Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama [Sat 1 Feb]
  • Cambridge - Perse Upper School [Sun 2 Feb]
  • Glasgow Academy Musical Theatre Arts [Sun 12 Jan]
  • Leeds - Northern Ballet [Sun 26 Jan]
  • Leicester - Curve Theatre [Sat 18 Jan]
  • London - NYMT [5, 11, 19 Jan & 1, 8, 15, 16 Feb]
  • Manchester - Chetham's School of Music [Sat 25 Jan]
  • RECALLS take place in London [Sat 22 or Sun 23 Feb]


To audition you must be aged at least 10 years old by 1 April and no older than 23 years by 1 September 2020.

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Stage Performers

Our stage performers have the opportunity to work with some of the UK's leading musical theatre directors, choreographers and musical directors on professional-level productions of new and established repertoire.

Our auditions take the form of an all-day workshop comprising acting, singing and movement. They are led by our oustanding creative teams, who produce our shows each season. You would need to prepare a musical theatre song of your own choice but everything else is taught on the day. An audition fee is payable to cover all costs for the full day audition.

N.B. On submitting an application, the details will be sent automatically to the participant's email address. 

Some of our productions offer exciting opportunities for actor-musicians, too. To be considered for an actor-musician role, you would need to apply for audition as a STAGE PERFORMER and check the box for ACTOR-MUSICIAN stating what instrument(s) you play. 



The NYMT offers unparalleled opportunities for musicians wishing to gain experience performing in a pit orchestra, on-stage band or as actor-musicians. We seek outstanding young musicians (approx. Grade 7+) for all our productions. 

For your audition, we simply ask you to prepare a piece of music to demonstrate musicality and technique. You may be asked to attend a second audition at a later stage.

Some of our productions offer exciting opportunities for actor-musicians, too. To be considered for an actor-musician role, you would need to apply for audition as a STAGE PERFORMER and check the box for ACTOR-MUSICIAN stating what instrument(s) you play. 

TO BOOK AUDITION please email [email protected]

Creative Mentoring Scheme

The NYMT Creative Team Mentoring Scheme offers places to Assistant Directors, Choreographers, Musical Directors, Designers and Wardrobe Supervisors. We are able to offer such opportunities to those aiming to work professionally in the performing arts who have recently graduated from – or are about to complete courses at – university, drama school, college, conservatoire or other higher education institutions.

You will have the opportunity to work alongside some of the UK’s leading practitioners.  

If you are interested in taking part in our Creative Team Mentoring Scheme, please send an email with CV and a covering letter of application to [email protected] 

Interviews take place during our audition period in January and February each year.


NYMT offers exciting opportunities for young people aged 16 to 23 to work on major productions as Deputy and Assistant Stage Managers, as Assistant Lighting and Sound Technicians and as Wardrobe Assistants. Participants work with experienced practitioners and alongside some of the UK’s leading Lighting and Sound Designers, Technicians and Wardrobe Supervisors. 

If you are interested in any of these aspects of theatre, the NYMT provides the perfect opportunity for you to advance your skills and be involved in high-class, professionally led productions in outstanding venues. 

Stage, technical and wardrobe crew join the cast, musicians and creative teams for residential rehearsals - followed by the production week - in summer. Some stage management assistance might also be required for a week of rehearsals at Easter. 

TO ARRANGE AN INTERVIEW email [email protected]


We endeavour to keep course fees as low as possible but, unfortunately, we do have to cover increasing costs of venue hire, accommodation, meals, pastoral care and all tuition fees during our residential periods. The fees do vary, depending largely on the duration of each course, but here are some guidelines. These are approximate indications only at this stage.

Stage performer
£650 to £1,890
£620 to £995
Backstage Crew & Technicians
£620 to £1,120
Creative Team Mentoring Scheme
£895 to £1,095
Easter Skills or Summer Skills
£650 - £750      
Course fees are payable in installments and we provide help for all participants on how to raise funds for themselves. We'll send you a specially written guide that’s packed with great ideas and we would encourage all participants to undertake fundraising activities for themselves and others. We're also here to provide advice if you need it.

The NYMT Bursary Fund exists to provide help in cases of need. Bursary application forms may be requested once a place in the company has been offered.

For more information please contact us by phone or by email at [email protected] 

Terms & Conditions

Auditions: Auditions booked through the NYMT website are non-refundable. However, we are very happy to reschedule auditions, if we can, where necessary.


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