Petersfield Youth Theatre is a wonderful place to find inspiration and limitless imagination.  It is a nurturing, educational and fun environment for young people who are interested in theatre, whether their desire is to build confidence and make friends, or to ultimately work in the professional world of theatre.

Petersfield Youth Theatre was founded in 1990.  We are a registered charity working to advance the education in music and theatrical arts amongst children and young people aged from 5 to 23 years.

The company is run by a small group of enthusiastic staff and volunteers, who employ theatre and education practitioners to direct productions, workshops and projects.  Everyone involved is passionate about offering the ultimate theatrical experience for young people as well as performances with the highest production values.

PYT members can take part in our Easter Project, which is open to young people aged from Year 1 to Year 7.  The Easter Project is great fun, with various music and singing workshops.  This year we are running a workshop for the older participants from Year 8 to age 21, who will spend two days working with a Director, Musical Director and Choreographer on a number of Musical Theatre sequences. This will be a great opportunity to Sing and Dance alongside your friends whilst learning new skills and being taught by an experienced creative team.

Our Summer School is aimed at young people aged 5 to 12 years.  This project – ‘Summer Fun’,  is where the young people will participate in a series of theatre skill workshops led by professional theatre practitioners.  The emphasis will be on ‘having fun’ through theatre skills.

There are no set days / times – it depends on what we are doing and the availability of the theatre professionals taking part.  We can confirm, however, that generally, the two weekday evenings of Tuesdays and Thursdays tend to be kept for our projects, through not necessarily every time!

Rehearsals leading up to a production are full of enthusiasm, fun and hard work, with professional teams bringing ideas and experience together to give the children and young people a taste of what it feels like to play a part in live theatre.

PYT is committed to providing a safe environment for all children and young people and has strict policies based around safeguarding of young people.

Past Productions – View all

25 Songs from 25 Years

To celebrate PYT’s 25th birthday, members took part in two performances of musical theatre numbers, presenting the best loved songs from the PYT repertoire to a sell out audience.


Older members performed in Candide – based on Voltaire’s satirical writings, with Leonard Bernstein’s boundless musical score. Though the story is centuries old, PYT’s production injected youthful charm and energy into an impressive and epic production.

Disney’s Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll’s most famous heroine came to life in a delightful adaptation of the classic Disney film. A delighted audience travelled down the rabbit hole to join Alice in one of literature’s most beloved madcap adventures.


The world’s best loved musical came to Petersfield in 2016.  After a life of misery at Miss Hannigan’s New York City orphanage, Orphan Annie was determined to find her real parents.  Her luck changes when she is chosen to spend Christmas at the mansion of famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks.  Another sold-out production!

Hiring The Space – Read more

As part of the complex where Petersfield Youth Theatre is based, we have a purpose-built dance / drama studio with full-length mirrors.  The Space can be hired out to local arts groups on selected days.  Email to have a look around. Read more…

The Team

 Artistic Director – Nik Ashton

 Youth Theatre Director – Lynn Hill

 Administrator – Jane Ace

 Treasurer – Christine Stephens

 Head of Welfare – Gill Davies

Technical Manager – Andrew Weddall

Box Office – Nicki Lahiri

Production Support – Clare Glancy

Costume Hire – Charlotte Godfrey Email