The Young Theatre started life on 12th January 1964 in North Harrow. The group was founded by Ian R Wallace and was, at that time, unique being a theatre group for young people, run by young people; the concept which remains central to the group's operations some 53 years later. On 31st May 1970, a second group was founded in Beaconsfield by Ian and Aviva Wiseman. Young Theatre (at Beaconsfield) quickly established a reputation for providing high-quality productions, a reputation it still enjoys today.
The Harrow group sadly closed in 1982. The Beaconsfield group continues to provide much-needed access to an affordable theatre with nearly 900 members having gone through its doors.
Young Theatre has produced over 100 productions in its 46-year history. Many were written specifically for the group by Ian R Wallace, Mark Britton, and Mike Wicherek.
The latter took three one act plays to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1983. The group has performed everything from musicals to Shakespeare and Pinter to Euripides. The group revived the Beaconsfield Family Pantomime in 2009 with Cinderella.
Young Theatre has enjoyed success in local one act play festivals, winning over 120 awards. In 2004 the production of Ball Boys won the All England Theatre Festival, taking all three trophies at the final. It went on to represent England in the British final, where Young Theatre became the first youth group to win. A staggering achievement.
For our full (and growing) archive, run by our founder Ian R Wallace with founding member and past Vice President Tim Hill, CLICK HERE
To stimulate an interest in the theatre amongst young people
To encourage and develop that interest by providing as many facilities as possible for a practical training and active participation in a wide range of theatrical activities
To establish and maintain, by united effort, a high standard of performance and presentation in all group productions
Whatever your skill level, there is a place for you in Young Theatre. Performances are not just about the leads. In fact, at YT we pride ourselves on our ensemble work.
We recognise and nurture talent, ensuring an environment in which it can flourish. And most importantly, it is given time.
But it is not just about the acting. We support a wide range of theatrical performance disciplines. Movement (1984), dance (Panto), writing (Burnham Trophy) and directing.
WHEN WE MEET
We meet every Sunday between 2 pm and 6 pm at the Curzon Centre. The group performs three times a year, at Christmas, Easter and the end of the Summer Term. We also enter the Maidenhead and Henley Festivals with one-act plays.
There is no audition to join. Whatever your experience or skill level, you are welcome. You can join for a year as a Full Member or for 3 months as an Associate Member.
NOT JUST ABOUT ACTING
The Young Theatre prides itself on the technical side of its productions. In the last three seasons, the group has invested thousands of pounds on new lighting and sound equipment. From the technical complexity of our annual pantomime to the seemingly simple main house productions we put tech front and centre.
The group applies professional practice in all productions - each show is called by a Deputy Stage Manager, and unlike many groups, we invest heavily in technical time to achieve the standards we do. Technical members design, build, rig and operate across all the technical disciplines.