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Bewitching the ticket office!

We’re coming to the end of February and are now just two weeks away from our first production of the year. The Witches of Warboys is in conjunction with the Mayor of Huntingdons charities as last years court reenactment was and has been selling wonderfully. HYT have nearly sold our allocation of tickets with only a few available for Thursday and Saturday as of the time of writing. We have already sold out for Friday.

Please make sure you do not miss out on this theatrical performance by getting your tickets as soon as possible as it is looking like we will again be selling out due to the restricted space the court rooms allow us to fit in attendance.

To get your tickets please contact Marilyn at the Huntingdon Town Hall by calling 01480 411883 or by going in direct.  She will help you out and we’ll see you in court on the 12th, 13th or 14th of March!

18th Birthday Celebration

The guests who were able to join us for the special occasion.
The guests who were able to join us for the special occasion.

Last weekend we were proud to be able to celebrate a big landmark in our history. Our 18th Birthday! When we launched, who knew how long it would last but when the doors opened and around 80 young adults came in the group got off the ground and has grown both in name and reputation as well as total membership of over 300 people!

Last weekend we invited people from across the years to come back to us and despite members currently living all over the world we were happy to welcome them back, including three founder members who were shocked to find themselves on the wall of honour and looking back at the photographs of themselves taken on that first meeting!

We thank everyone who came back to join us for the evening, as well as those who couldn’t make it but were with us in spirit and sent us well wishes. We wouldn’t have reached this part of our history without all of you and the memories we all have and share of our times with Huntingdon Youth Theatre.

Thank you for everything and while our current group are working hard on our March and May productions, we look forward to future reunions and building more of those memories in the years to follow!

18th birthday poster

Starting 2015

First of all we’d love to wish everyone a happy, prosperous and exciting new year and thank everyone again for all your support in 2014.

18th birthday poster


Our year of entertainment starts early this year, as this month we will be celebrating our 18th birthday with a big party and invites have gone out to members and friends of HYT who have played a part in our history to join us. Obviously it’s hard for us to make direct contact with everyone with members moving all over the country – and abroad! – so we hope people are able to spread the word to their old friends. Get in touch with us and let us know if you’re able to make it. Best way to do so is to contact us via our Facebook page, replying to this post or contacting us via one of the methods listed elsewhere on the website.  We’re sure this will be a wonderful way to start the year and prepare for the next 18!

Our first production this year is going to be “The Witches of Warboys”, we’ll be returning to Huntingdon Town Hall and court room to recreate the events leading to the trial and this court case that shook 16th century England. Last year our recreation of the Trial of Joshua Slade was a success and we hope to repeat that this year with another slice of local history bought to life for our modern audiences. The production will be in March so watch this space for ticket details.

Our winter production will be Dracula, our final production will be bringing a version of Bram Stokers classic to life with humour and horror in equal measure. Follow Van Helsing, Mina, and Harker as they pursue the Transylvanian Terror across Europe and to the final showdown in the Carpathians for this Gothic classic.

Of course, that won’t be all. We’ll continue to put on various one act productions and workshop pieces so watch this space – and follow us on Facebook – to keep up to date with all our events on this big year!

That’s it for 2014

As we have our final curtain call of Sleeping Beauty we finish a very good 2014 for HYT. In March we were fortunate to be offered the chance to recreate a Georgian court case, The Trial of Joshua Slade, in the actual room where the case was heard nearly 200 years ago. To add to that we were joined by a relation of Joshuas’ brother, one of the other potential suspects in the crime!

In the summer we ran through an adaptation of Tolkiens’ classic “The Lord of the Rings” and completed the show in a run time of around 45 minutes, Tolkien had taken over 1000 pages, we did it in just 15!

Then we’ve finished the year with the traditional pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, giving Nicole Matthews her first chance at directing a major production, a chance she took with relish and was performed by a great group of young actors, many of whom were making their first appearance with us!

2015 is already shaping up to be a great year, in March we return to the town hall for another court case, this year we’re going to be looking into the infamous Witches of Warboys. Another well known piece of local history and folklore coming to life.

We’ll be finishing the year with a production of Dracula, a mix of horror and comedy as the winter nights grow short we look forward to bringing the story of Bram Stokers classic to audiences. Watch this space though as there’s sure to be more news as the year goes on!

Off the stage in 2015 we’re going to be celebrating a landmark as Huntingdon Youth Theatre come of age and turn 18. On the 31st of January we’re having a big party and hoping to try and see many members over the years come back to join us for one night only. It’s sure to be a great night and we can’t wait!

We’re back on January the 6th so if there are any potential new members – get in touch with us over the christmas period, we look forward to meeting you and moving forward over the next few years!

HYT celebrating 18 years

A group photo from our tenth birthday party. Photo courtesy of Michael Summerfield
A group photo from our tenth birthday party. Photo courtesy of Michael Summerfield

This January we will be celebrating the dawn of our 18th year and hope to do so by inviting members past and present to join us for a reunion to celebrate the group coming of age! With members now living all over the UK – and abroad! – we hope as many of them are able to join us on the 31st January as possible.

If you’re able to join us or want more details visit our Facebook page or contact the site admin. We hope you can join us on this special day!

Sleeping Beauty is just a month away!


Well we’re just weeks away from this years winter production which is the pantomime Sleeping Beauty! Directed by Nicole Matthews and Kieron Wallis  we’re looking forward to putting on a magical show which will be fun for all the family.

This year we are also delighted to welcome Roy Bellas as our Musical Director and his three piece band to bring the music of the show to life.

Tickets will be available direct through HYT in the near future and should be direct from the Commemoration Hall shortly. We hope lots of people come along and support our young cast (and rookie directors!) on our last production before next January’s 18 year celebration!

End of the Summer term

lotr basic

As we’re coming to the end of the year and heading in to a Summer break before coming back for “Sleeping Beauty” as our big winter production we’re going to be putting on our end of term free showcase. This year it will be our very own version of Lord of the Rings, a somewhat shorter the Tolkien classic as the script comes in at just 10 pages!


Come along on the 22nd of July at 7:30 to the Commemoration Hall in Huntingdon for this free piece of theatre!


Joshua Slade on the radio!

We are putting together the finishing touches from the Trial of Joshua Slade and this will be broadcast next Monday, the 26th May on Huntingdon Community Radio at 7 o’clock. This is a great opportunity for those who were unable to fit into the crowded court room on the day to hear what happened in our town nearly 200 years ago!

It can be heard locally by tuning in to 104fm or online over at the HCR website.

Here is the trailer the radio station prepared advertising it!

Case Closed

Tonight saw the last performance of the run from our production of The Trial of Joshua Slade. A big thank you to everyone who came along to support us during this very busy and sold out few days! Our cast and crew really enjoyed working on this production and discussions with the audience members showed us how divisive, even today, the evidence put forward and the case was.

Over on our productions tab we’ve updated our page for this show which contains some historical information from the case, including two contemporary accounts of his confession and the details of the murder.  To see this information, as well as details of the production under the productions tab. We’ll be updating this and other productions with time at this link.


Joshua Slade this week!

So we’re entering production week and very busy with work on The Trial of Joshua Slade. The production is a sell-out and we thank everyone for supporting us on this project. It has been an interesting and exciting one for us to be a part of under the guidance of director Beryl-Anne Whitehead. We hope that those of you who are able to make it this week are able to enjoy the experience in this unique setting. For those of you who missed out we’re hoping to bring the production to you as a radio play. Watch this space!


Alongside this we’re slowly updating the rest of the site and have started the task of adding more information about our past productions.  We hope to feature photos and memories of every production in our past so invite our members, past and present and those who remember seeing the productions to contact us here and over on our Facebook page to offer their own memories of productions!