Groups and Classes

The Yvonne Arnaud Youth and Education department is Surrey’s largest and we offer something for absolutely everyone.  We encourage lifelong learning through our classes, production groups and interactive workshops as well as providing an award-winning community programme for the Borough.

*NEW* Centre Stage

This new, weekly group centres on a special skill each term. From puppetry and slam poetry to videography and choreography, have fun discovering new skills and talents. Join in the discovery and creativity on Saturdays.


Open Stage

Join Open Stage and start building your confidence, making new friends and developing your acting skills.  Open Stage is the very essence of what we do, it’s all about having fun - no audition is necessary and we work towards our Main Stage showcase each year, where YOU get the chance to experience the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Main Stage. 

Stage Left                            Ages 5 – 8            Sat 9:00am – 10:00am

Stage Right                         Ages 5 – 8            Sat 10:30am – 11:30am

Open Stage 1                     Ages 8 – 12         Sat 9:00am – 10:15am                   

Open Stage 2                     Ages 12 – 15       Sat 10:15am – 11:30am                 

Open Stage 3                     Ages 13 – 16       Sat 11:45am – 1:00pm                   

Open Stage 4                     Ages 8 – 12         Sat 11:45am – 1:00pm   

*New* Centre Stage      Ages 5 – 15         Sat 2:00pm – 3:30pm     

Final Stage                          Ages 15 +             Sat 3:45pm – 5:00pm                   


Production groups

We have six production groups that perform a range of shows from musicals to drama and devised work in the Mill Studio with a team of professionals at the helm. Auditions for these groups are only held during the summer term.

  • Act One for 16 yrs +. Mon 7.15pm-9.30pm
  • Interval for 15 - 17 yrs. Tue 7:15pm - 9:15pm
  • Scene Change for 12 - 15 yrs. Wed 7:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Act Two for 7 - 13 yrs. Wed 5:15pm - 7:15pm
  • Act Three for 7 - 13 yrs. Tue 5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Encore for 13-15 yrs. Monday 5pm-7pm

We run week-long ‘Play in A Week’ workshops during the Easter and Summer schools holidays.  Each follows a theme.  We also have Play In A Day workshops during Half Term. For more information, click here


Holiday Workshops

We run week-long ‘Play in A Week’ workshops during the Easter and Summer school holidays and one-day workshops during half-term.  For more information, click here


Discover Drama

Discover Drama provides theatre workshops for young people with learning disabilities and is supported by The Alchemy Foundation, Bassil Shippam and Alsford Trust, The Boris Karloff Charitable Foundation, The Community Foundation for Surrey (Peter Harrison Foundation Community Fund), Hamamelis Trust, Noel Coward Foundation, Shanly Foundation, and The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust.


Assisted Places

The Assisted Places scheme for those who might need financial help is supported by the Betty Riseley Trust, The Coleman Charitable Trust, Ernest Cook Trust, Guildford Community Grants Scheme, and Unity Theatre Trust.

To join the Youth department mailing list and/or book your child into any of our classes or workshops, please contact the Youth Office on 01483 565191 or