Welcome to NYT

NYT is the resident youth theatre company of the Corn Exchange in Newbury. For over 32 years we have been providing local young people aged 14 – 21 with the opportunity to develop their theatrical skills and explore the Arts in general. Above all it’s fun

NYT has commissioned and devised new plays, which have gained critical acclaim both locally, nationally and internationally. Our reputation has been built over 20 years of touring to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where we have consistently been met with unprecedented praise by the press there (some extracts from recent reviews include):

“A force to be reckoned with” BroadwayBaby 2016 4 Stars

Newbury Youth Theatre have once again brought a must see show to the Fringe”
ScotsGay 2015 4 stars

Our production of Kipling's Just So Stories gave us our second award - a Broadway Baby BOBBY (only one of five given throughout the Edinburgh festival in 2012). This landmark followed a string of consecutive successes over the years for which we have received fantastic reviews with 5 stars in The Herald, British Theatre Guide, Three Weeks, Broadway Baby and Edinburghguide. We have also had many great 4 star reviews from across the festival press. The 2009 our devised show Lost Letters of Mr Corrigan was awarded the Three Week's Editor's Award and and was The Stage's 'Must See' show.

Here are just some of the nice things people have said about us throughout our adventures:

“This is storytelling at the highest level, told with vigour and intelligence that completely engages
adults as well as children.”

“A consummate ensemble piece”
Edinburgh Reporter 2013 5 Stars

"Newbury Youth Theatre are a lively, inventive group... Their facial expressions and mannerisms are hysterical... This is exciting and vibrant storytelling which invests new life into old stories" Broadway Baby 2012 5 Stars (plus sixth star BOBBY Award) “An exciting and dynamic young company others could learn from” 
The Herald 2011 5 Stars

“A production worthy to stand alongside others by more experienced and older companies” 
British Theatre Guide 2011 5 Stars

Independent Critic’s Choice 2010

“The original text is given a powerful new energy, with perfect comic timing… this show lacks nothing” BroadwayBaby 2010 5 Stars

“Absolutely delightful” 
Three Weeks 2010 5 stars

Stage Must See Show 2009 & 2010

“Thought provoking, entertaining and moving… enchanting” 
Three Weeks (Editor’s Choice Award) 5 Stars 2009

There are no auditions to join NYT and no restrictions to membership apart from a commitment from members to support each other, have energy, enthusiasm, a willingness to learn and, above all, have a love of theatre in its widest sense. Many of the past members have successfully gone on to drama colleges, teacher training and some have returned to act as tutors.

Meetings take place at The Corn Exchange's studio venue at New Greenham Arts, 113 Lindenmuth Way, New Greenham Park, Newbury, RG19 6HN on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30.

Newbury Youth Theatre is affiliated to Berkshire Youth and a member of the National Association of Youth Theatres.