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National Youth Theatre looking for Leeds talent
A recent NYT production
A recent NYT production - fancy a go?

The National Youth Theatre is offering you the chance to follow in the footsteps of many star names.

Daniel Craig, Matt Smith, Orlando Bloom, Matt Lucas, Catherine Tate, David Walliams, Dame Helen Mirren all once trod the boards with the NYT.

But it's not just stars the NYT is looking out for, they're also on the hunt for technical talent.

Applications are also invited for costume, lighting, sound, scenery and prop making, or stage management.

The Leeds auditions will be held at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in early 2011.

Critically acclaimed

Yorkshire born Danny Kirrane, who's appeared in critically acclaimed plays The History Boys and Jerusalem (but is currently most recognisable as the star of a credit card's World Cup themed advert), started off in the National Youth Theatre (NYT) after his grandmother spotted an advert in a local paper and applied for him.

"It was the best decision I or my grandma ever made, as working with the NYT completely changed my life and provided the opportunity for me to become a professional actor."

"I would recommend it to anyone," he said.

Sophie Ellis Bextor
The NYT boosted Sophie's confidence she says

Singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor said: "I absolutely loved being a part of The National Youth Theatre. It was so much fun and really boosted my confidence.

"It's a fantastic organisation, with massive benefits for anyone that gets involved."

The NYT has a reputation for discovering talent and producing theatrical productions in leading venues across the UK and as far afield as China.

Around 3000 young people are members of the NYT.

Closing date

The closing date for applications is Friday 7 January 2011, with auditions and interviews taking place in January and February.

Everyone who applies will be offered the chance to try out, regardless of previous experience.

Applications are open to anyone who will be aged 14 to 21 on Monday 1 August 2011.

For more information and to apply online .


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