HI Youth Theatre

The Hazlitt Youth Theatre started life in September 1997 as a weekly workshop for 11-18 year olds. Since then, HYT has expanded dramatically and now consists of nearly 200 members, aged 6-18 years. Singing lessons and dance classes have now been added to the schedule plus holiday workshops, summer shows, a yearly musical, and magical Christmas shows.

Each week members attend a workshop dedicated to the learning of different aspects of the theatrical world including: acting, performing arts, improvisation, devising, text work, theatre styles, film, stage combat, mime and a whole lot more besides. In recent times members have devised and produced their own work and learnt the basics of lighting and sound design.

HYT aims to provide an exciting and broad look at the imaginative world of theatre and gives young people a chance to form new friendships, gain self-confidence and most importantly have fun. So if the theatre is something you are interested in, HYT is the place for you.

To sign up email Hi.info@parkwoodtheatres.co.uk or register your expression of interest here.  If you have any difficulty paying for your membership online please contact our Box Office 10.30am - 2.30pm, Monday - Saturday on 01622 758 611 or email hazlitt.boxoffice@parkwoodtheatres.co.uk.  To pay your termly fee and see What's On next for our HI Youth Theatre click here.



Josh has loved being a member of HYT since he first did the summer 'Play in a Week' 3 years ago. Since then, he's taken part in classes and performances in acting, singing and dance, and has thoroughly enjoyed them all. I firmly believe that his time with HYT was a key support in helping him win a Performing Arts scholarship to his secondary school choice this year and am very grateful to Lorna, Jenny, Laurie and all the others involved in making it such a fantastic environment to develop skills, confidence and friendships. Josh is very excited about finally being old enough to take part in the big October musical this year, and I can't wait to come and watch - I'm sure it'll be amazing, as always!

Sharon Ost

My daughter is Kira she has been coming to HYT for at least 6 years now and now also does Dance so attends twice a week she does the shows and outside events etc and she loves it , she has made loads of friends there too, I always watch her along with my other two daughters and am looking forward to the half term show she has grown in confidence since she started and it’s been really great for her and I love it when she has a speaking part feel so proud. Thanks to all the staff who have helped her through the years and my 7 year old is now thinking about joining too. Simone Natalie Moor My MA research showed that Hazlitt youth theatre participation gives young people a sense of belonging and has a proven positive impact on their wellbeing! All that and amazing opportunities for singing, dancing, acting and having fun!

Simone Wilson

My 2 girls have been to a couple of dance schools in Maidstone, however this one they have stuck and bloomed with. Thank you to all the wonderful team at the HYT, keep up the amazing work.

Jodie Woodgate