Birmingham Youth Theatre

at West House School, 24 St. James Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2NX United Kingdom


Birmingham Youth Theatre
West House School, 24 St. James Road, Edgbaston
Birmingham B15 2NX
United Kingdom
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Opening time

  • Mondays: 19:00- 21:30
  • Sundays: 10:00- 13:00

General Info

History Birmingham Youth Theatre started off as BMOS Youtheatre and was the junior section of the BMOS musical theatre company and was formed in 1987 by the then Chairman, Alan Hackett, who became its first Administrator. The first two productions were staged at the George Cadbury Hall, Selly Oak, which was not a very suitable venue as the only two dressing rooms were very small and situated on either side of the stage! Russell Taylor Directed our first show, A Broadway Melody, with Jackie Hill and Gina Humphries as joint Choreographers. James Garrington was the Musical Director. Our first Panto, Puss In Boots, was Directed by Alan Hackett with the same Choreographers and MD. In 1989 the Youtheatre secured dates in May and November of every year at the Old Rep Theatre in Birmingham. A much better venue, having 8 Dressing Rooms and a Green Room. It also had a good size stage and flying facilities. Our first show at the theatre, Bugsy Malone was Directed by Jackie Hill and Choreographed by Gina Humphrey and Deborah Jennings. In 1991, Alan Hackett was introduced to Vic Lyttle of Heathcote & Coleman, Accountants, who was a Trustee of the Lilley C Johnson Charitable Trust and he agreed to sponsor each of our productions. The Sponsorship has continued to this day and ensures the Members of the BMOS Youtheatre receive all the on-stage benefits of any adult musical theatre company. We are deeply grateful to Vic and his fellow Trustee, Peter Adams, for their support. In 2002, David Smith took over as the BMOS Youtheatre Administrator and made a number of improvements, particularly, the encouragement of Members over the age of 16 years to perform with the adult BMOS musical theatre company, initially at the Crescent Theatre and from 2003 at the Birmingham Hippodrome. In 2006, the Youtheatre performed the Midland premiere of Les Miserables (School Edition), at the Old Rep and were lucky enough to have a set built to fit that stage, complete with a 6.5m revolve and barricades that came out of the set, tilted and came together!! With a very good cast, excellent band and superb lighting, the show played to sell out audiences, many of whom, were youth groups from around the Midlands and was acclaimed by the press and public alike. In 2007, we acquired the rights to perform another Midland Premiere, High School Musical. Again we played to full houses and the Old Rep rocked , with most of the audience joining in the songs and screaming after every number!! In 2009 we again performed Les Miserables (School Edition), with a totally different cast. We used the same set and had the same fabulous lighting. The principals were a little older than those in 2006 and were able to give more maturity to the piece. This resulted in our receiving a five star review from John Slim of the Birmingham Evening Mail! On the 3rd October, 2010, twenty one of the 2009 cast, were invited by the Cameron Mackintosh organisation, to take part in the finale of the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert at the 02 Arena in London. We were one of only five youth groups from around the UK and the only one North of Watford, who were invited, as our production had been highly recommended to them. Each cast member was given two tickets so that their parents could watch the show. Needless to say, the day was one that will remain in the memory of everyone who went. The Concert had 220 children, 180 strong choir, made up of professional singers, all of whom had played roles in the West End, many of them in Les Miserables, an orchestra of 60 musicians and the concert was performed by the current West End cast and the Barbican touring cast with a host of famous names. Most of the original West End cast took to the stage to sing a few numbers and finally, the writers, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg were introduced, along with their lyricist, Herbert Kretzmer. Most of the children had photographs taken with cast members and also, Cameron Mackintosh! In his final speech at the end of the concert, Cameron Mackintosh said that ‘it was the biggest event in the history of Musical theatre and would probably never be repeated’. With the help of parents of Members taking on the roles of Wardrobe, Registrar, Ticket Bookings, Props, Stage Crew, and many other jobs, BirminghamYouth Theatre, whose age's range from 9 to 18 years, goes from strength to strength.

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Hey, let's get behind Birmingham Youth Theatre and support these talented children. Buy tickets for Sweet Charity 23-25 June. Don't miss it!

Published Roy Lawrence on 2016-05-24 10:13:41 GMT

Do you remember our award winning panto Cinderella were you impressed by the talented cast? Well come to see our next fantastic show Sweet Charity full of great characters, wonderful songs, fab dances and a time machine back to the home of the swinging sixties.

Published Birmingham Youth Theatre on 2016-05-02 07:02:13 GMT

Wow what an amazing night! Birmingham Youth Theatre won Best Pantomime in District with Cinderella AND Best Youth Production 2015 in District for Bugsy Malone. The BYT committee were there with the Director of both shows Adam Swift and Choreographers Sarah Jennings for Cinderella and JB Mckanky for Bugsy Malone. True recognition for all the hard work put in by everyone involved as well as the talent of our members.

Published Birmingham Youth Theatre on 2016-04-18 06:41:54 GMT

KATHAK AND TABLA CLASSES A new term of classes will be beginning Saturday 12th March! This is an exciting opportunity to learn an array of skills in either Tabla or Kathak from world-renowned performers Sonia and Sarvar Sabri. We welcome people of ages to come and discover the joy and versatility of Indian dance and music. KATHAK DANCE CLASSES WITH SONIA SABRI Learn the basics of Kathak including footwork, fast spins, rhythmic choreographies, and storytelling through mime, gesture and facial expressions! Students will have the opportunity to perform; take grade examinations through ISTD; and opportunity to be recruited by Kathakaars dance and music company led by Sonia Sabri. TABLA CLASSES WITH SAVAR SABRI The tabla consists of a set of two drums, treble and bass, and originates from Northern India. In these lively group sessions you will learn basic strokes, rhythm and speed control. The class is taught by renowned performer, composer and teacher Sarvar Sabri. For more information see our website: http://ssco.org.uk/learning/learning/classes.html To enroll for the new term please contact: Mel Lewis mel@ssco.org.uk Tel: 01216223135

Published Sonia Sabri Company on 2016-02-24 10:54:30 GMT

Fantastic auditions today well done everyone - really going to be an amazing show.

Published Birmingham Youth Theatre on 2016-02-21 14:33:59 GMT

Already the movement for Sweet Charity is taking shape

Published Birmingham Youth Theatre on 2016-02-11 09:47:25 GMT

SPECIAL EVENT FOR NEW MEMBERS THIS SUNDAY 10.00am - not only are we holding free vocal sessions and free dance sessions we are also holding a 1960s hair and make up master class for all those joining for Sweet Charity. Company members will be auditioning for Sweet Charity on 21st February, all potential new members must attend before that date. Come along and be part of this Fantastic show with great characters, brilliant Bob Fosse dances, well known brilliant songs and Fab 1960's styling!

Published Birmingham Youth Theatre on 2016-02-06 07:54:56 GMT

Free vocal and dance sessions are continuing but finish on 14th February so don't miss this opportunity - come along today! Company members will be auditioning for Sweet Charity on 21st February, all potential new members must attend before that date. Come along and be part of this Fantastic show with great characters, brilliant Bob Fosse dances, well known brilliant songs and Fab 1960's styling!

Published Birmingham Youth Theatre on 2016-01-31 08:51:08 GMT

Published Birmingham Youth Theatre on 2016-01-24 14:50:56 GMT

Well a massive thank you to all who came today welcome new and old! I for one found today really positive and am so excited for the next few months rehearsing! And before we know it show week! If you couldnt make it today but wiuld like to be involved. Please email or inbox. It would be lovely to see you same place same time next week! Xx

Published Ida Jeff on 2016-01-10 18:07:55 GMT

Any potential new members that can't make today's launch please get in touch as we can make other arrangements.

Published Birmingham Youth Theatre on 2016-01-10 08:31:09 GMT

Ok the count down is nearly over for the noda West Midlands awards as there is just one Oh My Goodness days to go....can you wait that long??

Published Birmingham Youth Theatre on 2016-04-16 06:23:41 GMT

The count down continues to the awards..... two tremendously photographic days to go watch this space....

Published Birmingham Youth Theatre on 2016-04-15 06:07:27 GMT

The count down continues to the awards. .....three thrilling days to go....watch this space for bonus features on day two!

Published Birmingham Youth Theatre on 2016-04-14 07:42:36 GMT

The count down continues.....Four fact filled days to go to the noda West Midlands awards....... BYT won Best Youth Production 2014! BYT were in Les Mis 25th at O2 with the 3 celebrated casts! BYT stage 2 amazing shows a year! BYT have many members working in professional theatre! BYT is celebrating 30 fantastic years in 2017! Have you got more facts about BYT? ??

Published Birmingham Youth Theatre on 2016-04-13 06:20:06 GMT

We are on count down to the noda West Midlands awards on Sunday where Birmingham Youth Theatre have been nominated for two awards....five fanfare days...watch this space!

Published Birmingham Youth Theatre on 2016-04-12 06:02:54 GMT

BREAKING NEWS: Birmingham Youth Theatre have been nominated for TWO noda West Midlands awards.. Best Pantomime (Adult & Youth ) AND Best Youth Production This is a real achievement and great recognition for the high standard we strive for in all our shows. A fantastic well done goes to all our members and Production team

Published Birmingham Youth Theatre on 2016-03-12 08:18:00 GMT

Look our fab new image and ticket information. Early bird offer...get booking!

Published Birmingham Youth Theatre on 2016-03-01 18:29:12 GMT

Published Birmingham Youth Theatre on 2016-03-01 18:26:30 GMT

Published Birmingham Youth Theatre on 2016-03-01 09:24:52 GMT

Published Birmingham Youth Theatre on 2016-02-28 10:13:10 GMT

Birmingham Youth Theatre needs your support. If you have enjoyed watching our shows or know someone that is a member please help us raise funds at NO COST TO YOU. We need your support to help this charity continue giving young people the chance to perform in really good quality theatre productions having the feel of professional theatre. Below is a link that explains how it works and then search for Birmingham Youth Theatre. Thank you http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/how-it-works/

Published Birmingham Youth Theatre on 2016-02-27 09:55:00 GMT

Great free vocal session today well done everyone. .... more next week

Published Birmingham Youth Theatre on 2016-01-24 11:45:44 GMT

Dont forget everyone! We are welcoming new members! 10-1pm today

Published Ida Jeff on 2016-01-24 07:54:12 GMT

Salaam to us all! Join us on Thursday 4th February at The Old Rep Theatre in Birmingham for our blissful performance of Salaam. A wonderful celebration of Peace, Salaam presents us with a beautiful mix of rhythmic dance and live music. Born and bred in Birmingham, Sonia Sabri Company have been leaving it's audiences in awe with it's thought provoking performances making this a marvel not to miss! Book your tickets today! : http://www.oldreptheatre.org.uk/salaam.html