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Life at the Criterion doesn’t end when the curtain comes down.

The Criterion Trust is committed to encouraging and promoting new emerging talent by giving the opportunity for wider access to the theatre.

New Writing

From blank page to west end stage.

There is a big difference between writing plays for intimate stages and West End venues. Criterion New Writing gives dramatists already working in small spaces the chance to develop their craft for larger venues – by working alongside experienced theatrical professionals.

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If we want writers brave enough, crazy enough, to write for bigger stages, then we need to let their imaginations take possession of these very special spaces.” STEPHEN FRY, CHAIRMAN, CRITERION THEATRE TRUST

Education

From school projects to experiments in theatre technology, the Criterion provides a unique space for community-based education projects.

The Criterion Theatre Trust’s key educational focus is to promote and advance the involvement of young people in the arts primarily by making this historic venue available to them both as performers and engaged theatregoers.

Everything was provided as required and promptly… fantastic workshop opportunity.”
Education workshops
Education workshops
Excellent tie-in with the evening performance and, although this group is particularly boisterous, managed to engage them (almost entirely) throughout.”
The 2019 National Youth Theatre Rep Company

The 2019 National Youth Theatre REP Company at The Criterion Theatre

The National Youth Theatre is a world - leading youth arts charity that discovers, nurtures and platform’s young talent aged 14 - 25 from around the UK from all backgrounds. The charity provides vital free and affordable practical alternative routes into the creative industries.

The NYT passionately believe in providing opportunities for Britain’s best young talent to perform on leading West End stages. Through a partnership with The Criterion Theatre over the past three years, over a hundred of Britain’s best young actors have enjoyed the opportunity to learn in front of a live paying audience in the heart of London’s West End.

At a time when it’s harder than ever to secure space for young talent on leading stages and arts education in schools is being squeezed, the opportunities provided for young talent through the support of The Criterion and this partnership are unique and invaluable.” JOE DUGGAN - HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS - NATIONAL YOUTH THEATRE OF GREAT BRITAIN

“It's just beautiful”

“An interior to be admired”

“Any seat in the house is a comfy one”

“I laughed so much my jaws ached”

“Less than a minute walk from Piccadilly Circus”

“Great place to see a show!”

“A lovely, intimate atmosphere”

“An utter delight”

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“It's just beautiful”

“An interior to be admired”

“Any seat in the house is a comfy one”

“I laughed so much my jaws ached”

“Less than a minute walk from Piccadilly Circus”

“Great place to see a show!”

“A lovely, intimate atmosphere”

“An utter delight”

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