Scottish Youth Theatre

Scottish Youth Theatre is Scotland's national youth theatre company for ages 3–25. It was established in 1976 and has provided theatre training to young people. The company has a free-to-participate National Artistic Programme that covers ages 14–25 and provides opportunities to take part in theatre throughout Scotland.

The Scottish Youth Theatre has headquarters in the Old Sheriff Court in Glasgow but it works throughout Scotland. It has dedicated theatres, rehearsal spaces and offices for arts organisations.


Alex Salmond and Mary McCluskey at the theatre.

The Scottish Youth Theatre started in Edinburgh in December 1976.[1] It moved to the Old Sheriff Court in Wilson Street, Glasgow in 2006.[2]

Mary McCluskey was the theatre's artistic director for 26 years before she retired in 2018.[3]

Following a decision by Creative Scotland to end its funding, and the Scottish Youth Theatre being unable to cover the deficit in their budget, the theatre announced it would cease trading in July 2018.[4] Scottish Youth Theatre was then saved by a decision by the Scottish Government to fund it directly, and by extensive private sponsorship and donations.[5]

Summer Festival takes place during the school holidays in various locations around Scotland and involves theatrical training for two, three or five weeks.

Alumni of the theatre include Karen Gillan (Dr Who), Jack Lowden (Dunkirk), Jamie Parker (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and GLOW's Gayle Rankin.[3]


Patrons of Scottish Youth Theatre include:[6]

Past ProductionsEdit


  1. ^ "Protest staged over Scottish Youth Theatre closure threat". BBC News. 2018-03-13. Retrieved 2021-02-28.
  2. ^ "Former Glasgow Sherriff Court in Glasgow, Scotland". Encircle Photos. Retrieved 15 July 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Mary McCluskey stepping down as Artistic Director of Scottish Youth Theatre - Scottish Youth Theatre". Retrieved 2021-02-28.
  4. ^ "Scottish Youth Theatre to cease trading in July". BBC News. 2018-03-07. Retrieved 2021-02-28.
  5. ^ Dibdin, Thom (2018-03-20). "Reprieve for SYT as Scottish Government match private sponsorship funds". The Stage. Retrieved 2020-02-10.
  6. ^ a b "Patrons". Retrieved 2020-04-12.
  7. ^ Statler. ""Pinocchio" - August 2009". Retrieved 2021-02-28.

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