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Box Office Mon | 10am - 5.30pm

Tue-Sat | 10am - 7.30pm
(or until start of the last event)

Sun | Opens one hour before start of first event, closes after start of last event

"The confidence and social skills gained from Maltings Youth Theatre has helped to sculpt me into the person I am today" 
former Youth Theatre student

The Maltings is incredibly proud of our award-winning youth drama programme - it is truly one of the jewels in our crown.

Youth drama classes are led by Wendy Payn, who was appointed Regional Youth Champion of the Arts by the English National Youth Arts Network.

Classes for four different age groups are offered during (English) school term time. For more information, please contact Wendy Payn.

Maltings Youth Theatre
Ages 14+ Thursday 7pm-9pm

Maltings Junior Youth Theatre
Ages 4-7 Saturday 10am-11am
Ages 8-10 Saturday 11.15am-12.45pm
Ages 11-13 Saturday 1.30pm-3.30pm


20th Anniversary memories from former Youth Theatre students

  • “… I can't actually believe it has been twenty years! I remember my first ever drama class with my brother and Charlie White just after Bugsy Malone, circa 92/93?! I was a bean on a piece of human shaped toast as part of my very first improvisation! It was at that moment that I realised l absolutely loved pretending to be something I wasn't and knew you'd be graced with my presence in drama for many years to come …” - Lucy McGonigle

  • “Wendy is a pioneering and truly inspirational artist. She has been one of the most important people in my life, always there with kind encouragement and unrivalled passion. You continue to amaze me with your talent and determination and always will.” - Cameron Cheek
  • "Wendy knows how to get the very best out of each and every young person, not just on the stage, but in their home life too. The confidence and social skills gained from Maltings Youth Theatre has helped to shape me into the person I am today..." - Daniel Cox
  • “I was lucky enough to spend several years in the Youth Theatre… The commitment Wendy has shown to the kids is evidently clear -- the fact that so many former members of YT have stayed in touch with her over years is testament to how much she is, and always will be, respected …I have no doubt she will have fundamentally enhanced and enriched the lives of the hundreds of teens who have come through the doors in the 20 years of its existence. I know mine has…" - Emma Boyd
  • “My time working with Wendy was some of the best and memorable. Her shows were and are fantastic, she is an exceptionally talented woman who was the heartbeat of the theatre…” - Neil Watson
  • “Thursday nights were the highlight of my week when I was at YT. Many a friendship began in that Maltings basement, some of which remain with me now. The buzz backstage on a performance night is something I’ll never forget … When I started college and moved into halls of residence, I would make the four hour round bus journey between Ashington and Berwick each week so that I didn’t have to give YT up … thank you for all the good times and long may YT continue!” - Katy Luscombe


1993 Bugsy Malone
1994 The Wizard of Oz
1995 Starcrossed
1996 Annie (with Seniors)
1997 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
1998 Dazzle
1999 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
2000 Bugsy Malone
2001 The Wizard of Oz
2002 Guys and Dolls
2003 Demon Headmaster
2004 Big Trouble in Little Rock
2005 Annie
2006 James and the Giant Peach
2007 Even Bigger Trouble in Little Rock
2008 Peter Pan
2009 Interstella Cinderella (with Seniors)
2010 The Wind in the Willows
2011 Double Trouble in Little Rock
2012 His Dark Materials – Part I (with Seniors)
2013 His Dark Materials – Part II (with Seniors)
2014 Disney’s High School Musical Jr
2015 Even Bigger Trouble in Little Rock
2016 Bugsy Malone
2017 Interstella Cinderella
2018 The Adventures of Mr Toad

1994 Dracula
1995 Pride and Prejudice
1995 The Little Shop of Horrors
1996 Annie (with Juniors)
1998 Fame
1998 Robin Hood
1999 Peter Pan
2000 The Ragged Child
2001 The Crucible
2003 The Three Musketeers
2004 Romeo and Juliet
2005 The Wind in the Willows
2006 Summer Holiday
2007 Les Misérables
2008 Oklahoma!
2008 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (at Edinburgh Fringe)
2009 Interstella Cinderella (with Juniors)
2009 Gregory’s Girl
2010 West Side Story
2011 Jesus Christ Superstar
2012 His Dark Materials – Part I (with Juniors)
2013 His Dark Materials – Part II (with Juniors)
2013 The Phantom of the Opera
2014 Hairspray – The Broadway Musical
2015 The Three Musketeers
2016 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

The Maltings is operated by The Maltings (Berwick) Trust Registered Charity No: 701194