Best Youth Theatre

icon2 copyBest Youth Theatre (aka TheBYTE) is creative, re-inventive, challenging and progressive – a well-established, dynamic young people’s theatre company in St Albans.

We are recruiting a new team from years 7,8 and 9 to start in September 2017 – call us on 01727 759634 if you are interested. No auditions, we just want your energy and enthusiasm and we can achieve great things...

In 2015 our reputation for the quality of our coaching was totally validated when TheBYTE was selected from over 300 groups across the UK to perform at the National Theatre.

And in 2017 our production of Just won three awards at the Welwyn Drama Festivals.

poster2 tryBased at The Maltings Arts Theatre in St Albans, We build confidence and skills in a supportive, friendly and open environment in which all the group feel able to give things a go. And, most of all, we have FUN! TheBYTE is part of Best Theatre Arts, St.Albans’ leading independent theatre school for young people and is run by Lisa Schulberg, principal of Best School of Acting

We now have two groups – the first for school years 8,9 and 10 (meeting 4.30pm-6.15pm), and the second for school years 11,12 and 13 (meeting 6.15pm-8pm).

Come and give it a free trial – just call or email us! There is no audition, but entry is subject to availability.

Here are some pictures from our National Theatre production of The Boy Preference...

Here’s some reaction to what was a superb show...

I’m still speechless over that staggeringly brilliant production. Simply extraordinary. And such an amazing joint effort; every single person did such a great job that it made the entire group the very best that they could be. I know they feel so proud of themselves and each other. And it’s no wonder. 

I have to say that watching The Boy Preference last night was truly an incredible experience. I was expecting to be impressed but really that surpassed anything I could have imagined! From the very opening of the first scene I was captivated. The music, lighting and effects were amazing and the acting was something else. The atmosphere that was created was at times really quite chilling and the emotion from the actors just brilliant. 

We saw The Boy Preference on Wednesday evening and thought it was outstanding.  They are a terrific group and have come on in leaps and bounds – you must be very proud of them all.  

I thought the staging and atmosphere created was excellent.  I was particularly impressed with the bulldozer.  L is thoroughly enjoying all his activities with Best and  The Byte.  The Boy Preference has been a particular highlight and he has really enjoyed working on it with everyone.  Yesterday a friend asked him if he was relieved it was over and his answer was “no this it what I want to do every day.”

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In 2014 we performed a brand new play, This Is My Elephant, devised by the group and written by local playwright Anna Reynolds and course leader Lisa Schulberg at The Maltings Arts Theatre on 23/24 March. This toured to Greenwich Young People’s Festival on Sunday 6 April. Here are a few shots from the show...




We’ll always try support your work towards exams and auditions and aim to give each student the chance to try out new things in a very supportive and positive environment.

Classes are led by Lisa Schulberg, Artistic Director of Best School of Acting and leader of Tip of the Iceberg Theatre Company.

Fees are £190 per term, and the group meets every term-time Wednesday at The Maltings Arts Theatre from 6pm-8pm.

Come and join us! Download a registration form here and there’s a free trial available so you can see what it’s all about.

BYTE students also often put together their own portfolio of classes from those available through Best, including LAMDA, private singing classes and audition and monologue classes.

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