Children & Young People


It's never too early (or late!) to start learning and imagining

We believe theatre and creativity have an incredibly important role to play in all our lives and can offer children and young people, from babies and toddlers to teenagers and young adults, fantastic opportunities to develop valuable skills and make new friends in a safe and friendly environment.

Whether you’re a parent or guardian looking for something for your kids, a professional working with young people and wanting to find out how we can work together, or a young adult keen to get involved – you’ll find it on these pages.

Youth Theatre

Your Journey Starts Here

Starting from as young as 5 years old, right up to 19, Youth Theatre offers over 300 children and young people the opportunity to get great drama training from professional theatre practitioners and artists every week.


Over to you

TakeOver is our award-winning programme run entirely by young people aged 12 – 25 years old, offering unparalleled access to our theatre. Supported and mentored by industry professionals, TakeOver offers the best hands-on work experience if your interested in a theatre career or just keen to get involved.

Access all Areas

Removing barriers and empowering

Access All Areas is our referral programme aimed at removing the barriers that stop young people from engaging with the arts. Using theatre and creativity as a tool, we aim to empower and give a voice to young people.

Phoenix Youth Academy York

Dance Training

Phoenix Dance Theatre, working in partnership with us, have launched Phoenix  Youth Academy York. Offering a high-quality dance training programme for talented young dancers, aged 14-18 years, interested in pursuing dance as a career. Students will meet once per week, on Wednesday evenings for an extended session, to develop excellent contemporary technique.

Weekly and Holiday Activities

Fun activities all year round

Looking to keep the kids entertained? We have fun and creative activities year-round for children as young as 6 months old, as well as extra activities for when school’s out and a popular Home Education group.

York Theatre Royal has pledged to meet the Family Arts Standards, a UK-wide recognised quality-mark demonstrating excellence in family provision. Click here to find out more.