Theatre Royal Youth Theatre

Aged 8-22? Then Theatre Royal Youth Theatre could be for you!

Theatre Royal’s Youth Theatre is the only group in the area to be based around a working professional theatre, which means you get to learn from practitioners with industry experience, helping you grow in confidence and become a better performer.

If you are between the ages of 8 and 22 looking for an opportunity to develop your performance skills in a creative and professional environment, we have a variety of groups you can choose from.

No previous acting experience is necessary, just a passion and commitment to creating exciting pieces of drama!


Ages 8-11

Mondays: 4.15pm to 5.45pm at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Saturdays: 10.30am to 12noon at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

The cost for this age group is £68 per term based on a 10-week time period.                                                     


Ages 12-16

Wednesdays: 5pm to 7pm at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

Thursdays: 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Conservatoire EAST, West Suffolk College, Bury St Edmunds

The cost for this age group is £84 per term based on a 10-week time period.


Ages 16-22

Wednesdays: 7pm to 9.30pm at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

The cost of this group is £89 per term based on a 10-week time period.

Young Associates Programme

Theatre Royal runs a Young Associates programme for young people aged 18+, who are serious about pursuing a career in the arts.

Whether it’s acting, directing, writing, marketing, administration or technical – you can do it here!

This post will give you the chance to spend time at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds over the course of a year, during which time you’ll have the chance to explore your own creative skills and receive industry mentoring and guidance from theatre professionals.

If you are interested in any of our Youth Theatre groups or our Young Associates programme please read through the Young Associate Application Pack and contact Connie Dent, Associate Artist, Youth Theatre by email or call 01284 829933.

Holiday Workshops

These workshops are designed to give children aged 6-11 the opportunity to explore different theatrical styles & skills within a working Theatre during the school holidays. Each workshop has a unique theme and gives children the opportunity to develop key life skills, play with theatrical devices, make new friends and most importantly, have fun!

“Our daughter wanted to try acting and developed an interest through school and for me as a parent it was an amazing experience in confidence building,” Myths & Legends workshop parent.

“Our children loved the workshop – keep doing it!” Journeys workshop parent.

The workshops are great for children who are thinking about joining our Youth Theatre groups and would like a taster for the kind of work we do or just a bit too young to join in with our Young Company shows but would like to get involved. Below are all workshops we have coming up for this academic year:

Come and be creative, act, sing, move, make new friends and improve your confidence!


All workshops are priced at £35 per person per day. Book all days within one theme and receive 20% off.

Special thanks to our sponsors Anglia Suspended Ceilings