Hertfordshire County Youth Theatre

A county-wide youth theatre for 13-19s in Hertfordshire

Supported by Hertfordshire County Council, HCYT showcases the talent of 13-19 year old from across the county, offering them the opportunity to perform or get involved backstage in a professionally produced production on stage at the Palace.

Acting company

The acting company is chosen on a production by production basis from a round of workshop auditions that take place across Hertfordshire. Members of the performance company will take part in rehearsals and perform in a professionally produced production on stage at Watford Palace Theatre.

HCYT provides:

  • Unique access for young people to a professional producing theatre experience.
  • Increased level of professionalism in their approach to school rehearsals and lessons.
  • Practical understanding of a wide range of games, excercises and rehearsal techniques.

Our next HCYT production will be a brand new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island this October. Auditions for the acting company took place in May, though  we are still looking for young people to join the young production team for this production.

Young production team

A unique opportunity for 13-19 yr olds to gain hands on experience in backstage disciplines of lighting, sound and stage management. Participations take part in the full production week, supported by professional Palace Theatre team.

To get involved, send a covering letter to participation@watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk.

Past productions

Hertfordshire County Youth Theatre is 12 years old, with its first ever production of Our Country’s Good taking place at The Abbey Theatre in St Albans back in 2005. Since then, the company have performed regularly at The Palace Theatre. Here are a selection of images and information about previous productions:

  • Peter Pan (2015)
  • Rats Tales (2014)
  • Fantastic Mr Fox (2013)
  • Heartbreak Beautiful (2013)
  • Watership Down (2012)
  • There Is A War (2012)
  • Sleepy Hollow (2011)
  • GARGANTUA (2011)


If you have performed in an HCYT production, been a member of the Young Production Team or taken part in an audition workshop, we would love for you to keep in touch and tell us what you are doing.

 To get in touch or to find out about upcoming Alumni events please email participation@watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk or call 01923 810307.