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 5 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.

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.  #AlwaysEntertaining!

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

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Act 1 Beginners (4-7yrs) Tuesday Afternoons 4:10pm - 5:10pm (Mountbatten Centre)

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!

Theatre Bugs (7-10yrs) Saturday mornings 10am-12pm

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.

Bright Stars (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.

Spotlights (13-17yrs) 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.

A Member of Leading Lights

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

‘Leading Lights’ 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

Previous Productions

  • Doomed Youth as inspired by Wilfred Owen @ Kings Theatre Open Day – January 2014
  • Oh What A Lovely War @ Kings Theatre – 18th -19th July 2014
  • Children in Need – 9th November 2014
  • Caen International Festival –November 2013 & 2014
  • NT Connections: Hospital Food @ Kings Theatre (February) & Salisbury Playhouse (May)
  • NT Connections 500: Blackout—Kings Theatre (February) & Lighthouse, Poole (April)
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