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A group of young performers in the Addams Family looking happily past the camera

Leeds Grand Youth Theatre

Leeds Grand Youth Theatre (LGYT) is a thriving, vibrant company open to all young people aged 8-18 based at Leeds Grand Theatre Studio.

Sessions are run by LGYT’s Artistic Director Lizi Patch, 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 & Engagement Team.

A year with the company costs £450 (£150 per term, the company meets every Saturday during term-time). Bursaries are available upon application.

Download the LGYT Members Info Pack or email us for more information. Apply today through our Youth Theatre Online Application form.

Please note that we currently have a waiting list to join youth theatre due to high demand. Applications are closed for over 11s.

“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

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 18-25 – and even to form their own companies.

Meet LGYT’s Artistic Leaders

Previous shows

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

The Addams Family was such a fantastic show, everyone sparkled and worked so well together.” 

“What a wonderful performance it was last night at the City Varieties! There were so many talented young people on stage.” (Audience feedback, July 2023)