About us

Aldridge Youth Theatre beginnings were as a youth drama group known as The Brownhills Travelling Theatre. They visited various youth clubs in the Staffordshire, Brownhills and Aldridge areas at the beginning of the 1950s. Miss Sylvia Cartwright, who at that time was Area Youth Organiser for the district, led the group. It was this lady's inspiration and driving force that led to the realisation of a theatre devoted to and run by young people with assistance from interested adults

Its first permanent home was an old school in Rushall, which was converted into a small theatre and opened by Dame Sybil Thorndyke in 1961. These premises were vacated in 1971 due to the expiry of the lease.


At this time there were high hopes for a new purpose built theatre in Aldridge, however there was to be another six years before this was realised and Bernard Hepton opened the current theatre on October 9th 1977.


Ticket Select are the official ticket partner for Aldridge Youth Theatre events


The success of Aldridge Youth Theatre is due to the talent and enthusiasm of the young people and the support of its adult volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure that this fine project continues into the future

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