About Us

The Hazlitt Youth Theatre, now in its tenth year, is one of the most exciting and popular youth theatre companies in the South East. It boasts over 160 members aged between 6 and 18, and carries a huge list of past performances.

HYT Weekly Workshops

Weekly workshops give young people a chance to learn about all aspects of the theatrical world – improvisation, acting techniques, performing arts, mime, text work, singing, lighting, sound, design and much more – in a real live theatre setting!

Members get a chance to hone their skills by taking part in our many and varied productions programme – previous productions include Bat Boy, Confusions, The Witches, The Dreaming, Lost and Found, The Little Shop of Horrors – just to name a few. Trips are arranged to other local venues and to London, which often include a backstage tour or workshop.

HYT offers young people a great opportunity to get involved with the theatre. It also gives them a chance to meet new people, socialise, learn new skills and most importantly, have FUN!!!!

Workshops are held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays evenings for a small termly fee. For further information on joining contact Martin Cleverley on 01622 686958 or e-mail him at martincleverley@maidstone.gov.uk


‘My child has grown in confidence since being at HYT, his understanding
of the theatre and theatrical skills are always being developed’

Mrs Lines, Parent.

‘It has certainly helped me with my Theatre A-Level work. Also going in
tour with the Youth Theatre has taught me a lot about the profession’

Lizzie, 17 yrs.

Hazlitt Theatre Schools and

Educational Support Programme

We run an exciting, affordable, unique and varied programme for both primary and secondary schools. We offer support in a practical way to schools in Maidstone and Medway. Our professional staff have many years of experience and we respond to the individual requirements of each school group – and come up with the best solution.

The programme offers workshops and support including:

• One- off workshops (half day, full day, weekly)
• Residency workshops (culminating in a student performance)
• Activity week workshops
• Production workshops
• After-school projects
• Teachers workshops – practical, networking and inset training
• Back stage tours.
Schools recently visited include St Johns Primary, Wouldham CEP, Bredhurst Primary, Eastborough Primary and Chatham Grammar School for Girls.

Costs per school

Half Day 9.30 to lunch £100


Full Day 9.30 – lunch – £200

workshop end of school day

After-school 1 hour sessions £60 per hour


Residencies 3 day £500 (save £100)

4 day £650 (save £150)

5 day £800 (save £200)

For more information and bookings contact Martin Cleverley on 01622 686958 or e-mail martincleverley@maidstone.gov.uk

Hazlitt Youth Theatre Half Term Project

A Play in a Week 12-17 February

This is a chance for everyone aged 11 to 18, HYT members and non-members, to produce a play in a week. This year’s play is ‘The Golden Annual Pathway’ by John Harding and John Burrows.

> Mon 12 to Sat 17 February

> Mon to Fri 10am-5pm and Sat 10am to the end of the performance. £60 (inclusive of two performance tickets)  Separate performance tickets £5