Kings Youth Theatre

The Kings Youth Theatre is a perfect place for any young aspiring theatre performer.

Launched in April 2010, with just a handful of students, our Kings Youth Theatre now has 12 teaching groups. We have something for each age-range. Fun-packed Saturday classes (term-time only) are specifically tailored to each age group, exploring the performing arts through games, character improvisation, script work and performance.  Launching in 2019 we also have some new drop-in classes and a theatre tots class in connection with the theatre’s Toddler Tours.

As well as our weekly classes, we aim to offer performance opportunities throughout the year in a number of venues around Portsmouth including on stage here at the Kings Theatre.

Every summer, to round off the year of teaching we produce a large scale musical involving the whole of the youth theatre and each year our standards soar.

Act 1 Beginners (4-7yrs) Saturday mornings 9am-10am

A fun introduction to the world of drama and theatre! Explore exciting themes through characters, stories, props and costumes whilst making new friends. Learn new skills that help with the development of physical, social and communication skills through play activities which fire the imagination!

Juniors (7-10yrs) Saturday mornings 10:15am-12:15pm

A fun weekly group that explores the performing arts through theatre games, exercises and activities. The perfect introduction to theatre, a great way to learn and develop new skills, build self-confidence and make friends in a safe and positive environment.

Inters (10-13yrs) Saturday afternoons 12:30pm-2:30pm

The perfect place to bring out the actor in you; help develop your knowledge of theatrical techniques, test the limits of your imagination, and discover your dramatic power.

Seniors (13-18yrs) Saturday afternoon 3pm-5pm

Offers young people the chance to participate in the process of making theatre; learn stage techniques, develop your own script work, devise and perform. All you need is a willingness and enthusiasm to join in.

Kings Company (14+) Thursday evening 6pm-8pm – By Audition and Invitation Only

‘Kings Company’ is a focused teaching group which provides a dramatic arts challenge for selected gifted students that includes access to industry professionals, training and advice in order to heighten their career prospects and the opportunity to work towards completion of their Gold Arts Award; a nationally recognised qualification. Sessions focus on preparing members for a higher standard of performance; perfecting and honing skills within all three performing arts disciplines. Students also receive monthly individual vocal coaching.

Theatre Tots (2-4yrs) Friday morning 11:30am-12:15pm

A wonderful, exciting introduction to the world of drama and theatre! An action packed 45 minutes of characters, stories and fun to inspire young imaginations.

KYT is pleased to announce a new Theatre Tots class taking place at The Mountbatten Centre Friday afternoons 1-2pm

For more information please contact The Mountbatten Centre on: 02393 200401

Core Classes

Alongside our Saturday show classes, KYT is launching some new and exciting weekday sessions in 2019 designed specifically to help students improve their individual technique and ability in dance, drama and singing.

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Fancy joining? Or know a certain little person that might enjoy being on the stage? Then get in contact with our Youth Theatre Coordinator Josh Whatsize at or call 023 92 852 203

Youth Theatre Bursaries are available with thanks to The Noel Coward Foundation, Didymus and The Portsmouth & Southsea Hoteliers Foundation.


Previous Productions


  • National Theatre Connections – The Blue Electric Wind @ Kings Theatre – 13th-14th February

  • National Theatre Connections – The Blue Electric Wind @ Minerva Theatre, Chichester – 26th March

  • Kings Theatre Open Day – 7th April

  • Seussical The Musical – 21st July

  • Loserville The Musical – 20th & 21st July

  • Albert Road Christmas – 1st December


  • Kings Theatre Open Day – January

  • Kings Youth Theatre Student Take-Over – 11th April

  • KYT Kabaret – 30th May

  • Through the Looking Glass – 21st-22nd July

  • Albert Road Christmas Lights Switch On – 25th November

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