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The Palace Youth Theatre (PYT) has been established since the 1970’s and is still going strong. Since it began, the Youth Theatre has welcomed thousands of young people from across the Borough and currently has around 70 members aged between five and twenty five.  We run weekly sessions during term time - Spring (Jan), Summer (April) and Autumn (Sept) and extra specialist courses throughout the Summer Holidays.

PYT have performed many shows on the main stage of the Palace Theatre, including Sweeney Todd, Jungle Book, Alice In Wonderland, Bugsy Malone, Peter Pan and The Wizard of Oz.  As well as performing on the main stage, the Youth Theatre makes use of the Palace Theatres studio space ‘The Room Upstairs’, performing many experimental and small scale productions as well as creating outdoor performances for public events.

To join PYT you do not have to have masses of stage experience or be overflowing with confidence, you just need a positive attitude and be willing to work hard whilst having lots of fun!


 Take a look at the sessions on the tabs above to see which group is the right one for you

Rise and Shine 5-8 Years, Out There 8-18 years, On Stage 8-18 years, AIM 16+ years

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Rise and Shine

5-8 year olds

Tuesdays 4-5pm

Costs per 10 week term £37.20 Reddicard, £27.60 Concessionary Reddicard, £55.60 full price

These sessions focus on drama games and techniques, preparing its members to move onto the Out There and On Stage groups where they will be given the opportunity to audition for and take part in main stage shows.  The group is led by Jo Higgitt who has loads of experience running Early Stages Workshops for Stagecoach in Leamington Spa and Warwick, as well as performing with local group Jest-A-Minute.



Out There

8-12 years Tuesdays 5-6:30pm

12-15 years Tuesdays 6:30-8pm

15-18 years Tuesdays 8-9:30pm

Palace Youth Theatre Out There focus on core skills and learning in depth drama techniques. Out There sessions are led by Simon Hall, a professional working actor, singer, dancer and drama teacher and will look at various skills such as devising, script work, story telling, movement based drama and group work.  Not only will the core group prepare its participants for auditions and performance work but it also helps with communication skills and confidence. Out There also take part in community and outdoor performances for the general public.

Costs per 10 week term £74.30 Reddicard, £55.60 Concessionary Reddicard, £111.40 full price


On Stage

8-18 year olds

Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm (5:30-8:30pm for principles)

On Stage is the Youth Theatre’s main performance group.  Auditions are held in December for a main stage show and rehearsals start in January running right through until July. 

The Sept-Dec term is a smaller scale performance which is usually performed in ‘The Room Upstairs’ in December. This term is open to anyone and does not require an audition.

Costs per 10 week term £94.00 Reddicard, £70.50 Concessionary Reddicard, £141.10 full price

AIM - Adventures in Movement

16-30 year olds with learning disabilities

Wednesdays 5-6:30pm 

Costs per 10 week term £74.30 Reddicard, £55.60 Concessionary Reddicard, £111.40 full price

Aim is the youth theatre’s branch for young performers aged 16-30 with Learning Disabilities. The group is led by Kevin Hunton who has been trained and mentored closely by Richard Hayhow of Shysters Theatre Company. Aim create highly physical, devised work and perform in the Palace Theatre’s ‘Room Upstairs’ as well as touring other venues, stunning their audiences with their unique performance and workshop styles.

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