Orange Tree Youth Theatre

For anyone age 7-19, our Youth Theatre is an opportunity to explore and create, meet new people and learn new skills.


Monday 7-9pm Young Company 16-19 years old (by audition)
Tuesday 6.30-8.30pm 11-14 years old
Wednesday 7-9pm 14-16 years old
Thursday 7-9pm 12-14 years old
Saturdays 9-11am 9-11 years old
Saturdays 11.30am-1.30pm 7-9 years old


The Autumn term will run from the week of 18 September and finish the week of 4 December, with 2 weeks off for half term (23 Oct – 5 Nov).

To join the waiting list, complete the form below or phone the Education and Paticipation department on 020 8940 0141. Places can often take a while to become available, but please rest assured that you will be contacted as soon as there is space for your child.

Summer Schools
The Orange Tree run two week-long summer schools every year which culminates in a performance in the theatre on the Saturday of each week. The week will involve workshopping ideas and rehearsing as a group, working towards creating a performance for the Saturday of that week.

Monday 31st July – Saturday 5th August for 12–16 year olds 10.30am - 4.30pm
Monday 7th August – Saturday 12th August for 7-11 year olds 10.30am - 4.30pm

The cost for the Summer School is £200 for the week. 

Please contact Izzy Cotterill on [email protected] or 020 8940 0141 for any enquiries or to book a space.

Young Technicians
We have a limited number of places available on our Young Technicians course that runs from September - July. Learn about lighting, sound and stage management with members of our production team and work with one of our Youth Theatre groups on their end of year performance. For anyone age 12+ with an interest in technical theatre. For more information, please contact [email protected] It costs £100 to take part for the year. 

Young Company
The Young Company is for 16 – 19 year olds who have a keen interest in theatre. Auditions take place in early October – anyone of the right age is welcome to audition, you don’t need any previous experience. There are also opportunities to get involved with design, technical theatre, directing or producing - not only acting, just let us know when you get in contact.

The group will then meet weekly on Monday evenings. From October – May they will rehearse and perform a National Theatre Connections production, and then in the summer the group will work with exciting visiting practitioners running masterclasses on all aspects of theatre. This is a great opportunity for anyone wanting to challenge themselves and learn new skills.

It costs £150 to take part for the year. Scholarship places are available – just ask!

To book a place to audition, or to find out more, email [email protected]

For the last 5 years we have taken part in NT Connections, which gives young people the opportunity to work on specially commissioned new plays written for their age group. The production is performed at the OT, and then transfers for one performance at another professional theatre. Each year 10 companies are then invited to perform their production at the National Theatre in a week long celebration of the commitment and talent of all the young people involved across the country. In July 2017, we were delighted to be invited to perform our production of Zero for the Young Dudes by Alistair McDowell in the Olivier theatre. 

A limited number of scholarship places are available for our Youth Theatre and Young Company. To find out more email [email protected]

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