Aerial shot of a youth theatre company in costume in City Varieties Music Hall

Leeds Grand Youth Theatre

Leeds Grand Youth Theatre is a thriving, vibrant company open to all young people aged between 8 and 17 years.

LGYT is recruiting

Do you love to act, sing, dance, write or perform, or are you interested in having a go?

Do you want to meet other young people, have fun and learn new skills?

LGYT has places available in Group 1 for children in school years 4-6 (ages 8-11 years).

Read on for more information or apply through our Youth Theatre Online Application Form.


Leeds Grand Youth Theatre (LGYT) is a thriving, vibrant company open to all young people aged between 8 and 17 years based at Leeds Grand Theatre Studio.

Sessions are run by LGYT’s Artistic Director Lizi Patch (Artistic Director, Young People’s Theatre), Choreographer Dawn Holgate and Musical Director Pete Rosser, plus a range of visiting industry professionals.

LGYT is an inclusive group open to all abilities, supported by our Learning team.

A year with the company costs £435 (£145 per term, the company meets every Saturday during term-time). Bursaries are available upon application.

Download the LGYT Members Information Pack or email for more information. Or apply today through our Youth Theatre Online Application form.

“My daughter comes out buzzing each week. To finish each year with a show is a real bonus. The way everyone is encouraged and included, and all the children grow in confidence, is a joy to see.”

Parent of LGYT member

Summer Sharing 2021 Videos

In place of their usual summer musical, Leeds Grand Youth Theatre (LGYT) presented an evening of original writing, songs and choreography on Sat 31 July 2021. This was accompanied by three short behind-the-scenes films by film-maker Kerry Maule to document and celebrate everything they have achieved despite the pandemic.

LGYT Values

(written by current members)


LGYT’s skilled professional leaders creatively challenge and support the development of every young person who comes through our doors.

Members develop theatre skills (acting, improvisation, dance, singing) alongside vital life skills (communication, focus, confidence, empathy, commitment, initiative, creative problem-solving).

LGYT is about nurturing the individual and learning the importance of working as an ensemble, while building creative skills and making lasting friendships.

LGYT members have progressed to join Leeds Actors in Training (LAIT) – our vocational training programme for ages 18 to 25 years – and even to form their own companies.

Meet LGYT’s Artistic Leaders

Since launching in 2012, LGYT has packed out City Varieties Music Hall and Howard Assembly Room with eight full-scale musicals and a range of contemporary plays, devised works and cabaret-style showcases.

Saw a fabulous performance of #LittleShopofHorrors @CityVarieties So polished that I had to keep reminding myself that this was a youth theatre! Well done to all involved.

Twitter audience feedback (July 2019)

Absolutely first class production, there was a palpable vibe of fun and a total commitment from the entire cast who were obviously determined to send the audience away with a smile on their face… and they achieved this in spades.

Facebook audience feedback (July 2019)

How to join

Download the LGYT Members Info Pack 2020-21 for more information and apply today through our Youth Theatre Online Application form.

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