We offer a range of weekly Youth Theatre groups from the age of 7 upwards and a weekly music group.

All our groups work towards at least one production a year and perform in one of the three spaces we have at The Dukes: The Rake, The Round or our Centre for Creative Learning (CCL) which is just up the road from the main building. Sessions are fun, and provide members with skills, knowledge and experiences that you won’t find anywhere else in Lancaster!

Work with professional directors, designers, writers and theatre makers on a weekly basis
 Develop skills in performing arts, team work, communication and creative expression
Meet like-minded young people who share your love of theatre
Learn about life in a professional theatre environment
Create exciting and innovating productions
Have fun!

There are limited places for each group and these are filled on a first come first served basis. Our Youth Theatre runs for three terms: Autumn, Spring & Summer at a cost of £60 per term (see below for more details*). Each term contains 12 weeks with a session every week making sure to break for half term!

For information on all our groups click through the tabs below!

Registration for 2015/2016 is now open! You can download your form below – please return it to The Dukes Box Office as soon as possible. Term starts the week commencing September 21.

Young Actors, Senior Youth Theatre and Playmakers B have all reached capacity for 2015/2016. We still welcome applications but you will be placed on a waiting list. Check back here for updates.

Youth Theatre Application Form


Playmakers A – Years 3 & 4

Wednesdays 4 – 5.15pm at CCL

Director Ruby Henderson

Playmakers B – Years 5 & 6

Wednesdays 5.30 – 6.45pm at CCL

Director Ruby Henderson

Junior Youth Theatre – Years 7 & 8

Tuesdays 4.30 – 6pm at CCL

Director Ruby Henderson


Senior Youth Theatre – Years 9, 10 & 11

Tuesdays 6.30 – 8.00pm at CCL

Directors Jon Randall & Ruby Henderson


That Music Thing – Years 9-11

Thursdays 4.30 – 6.30pm at CCL

Director Lee Affen




Young Actors – Years 11, 12 & 13

Mondays 6.30 – 8.30pm at CCL

Director Louie Ingham

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Shattering Images – For young people with learning difficulties

Wednesdays 10am – 3.00pm at CCL

Director Jilly Sumsion

*Membership is £120 per term, payable before the start of every term.

Shattering Images is an inclusive drama group for young people with disabilities. We work over three terms to create an original high quality production. We work in a person centred way. The first term is an exploration of themes, development of character and an exploration of plotlines. The second term delves more deeply into the rehearsal process and the third term sees the realisation of a professional production which is open to the public and schools groups. In Shattering Images there is an emphasis on building confidence and self-esteem, exploring skills, finding your voice and having fun.

Session information:

The weekly, time-time sessions run on Wednesdays from 10am until 2:30pm and lunch will be 45 minutes starting at 12pm. Participants should bring their own lunch or may be taken into town by their carer to buy lunch. We have a kettle and microwave but no further facilities for lunch.

Registration form: Shattering Images Registration Form