Sylvia Young Theatre School

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Sylvia Young Theatre School
1 Nutford Place


TypePrivate day and boarding
FounderSylvia Young, OBE
Local authorityWestminster
SpecialistPerforming Arts
Department for Education URN101172 Tables
Artistic DirectorSteven Baker
PrincipalSylvia Young, OBE
HeadteacherAnne-Marie Kennedy BSc (Hons), PGCE, NPQH, MSc
Age10 to 16
Sylvia Young Theatre School, Rossmore Road, 2006.

Sylvia Young Theatre School is an independent school in Marble Arch, London, England. It is a specialist performing arts school named after its founder and principal, Sylvia Young OBE.


The Sylvia Young Theatre School was founded in 1972 with part-time classes in East London. It was established as a full-time school in 1981 on Drury Lane, but due to expansion it moved to a former 1880’s church school building in Rossmore Road, Marylebone in 1983. The school moved premises once again in 2010 to a converted church in Nutford Place, Westminster.[1][2]

Students either attend the full-time school (students aged 10 to 16 years), the part-time school on Thursday evenings and Saturdays (students aged 4 to 18 years) or holiday schools (students aged 7 to 18 years).[3] Tuition fees for full-time schooling (as of 2022) are £15,000 per annum for day pupils, £25,000–30,000 per annum for boarding pupils.[4] (Day pupils outnumber boarding pupils by a factor of five to one.)

Students from the Sylvia Young Theatre School have appeared in television, film and theatre productions, including main roles in EastEnders, Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean, Matilda, Billy Elliott, The Lion King, The Bodyguard, Les Misérables, and Charlie & The Chocolate Factory.[1][5][6]

The school has been described as "Eton for the Pop Idol generation"[5] and is renowned for producing soap stars, pop stars and TV personalities.[1][6]

Notable alumni[edit]

Performers who attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School include:


  1. ^ a b c Saner, Emine; @eminesaner (11 April 2022). "'I don't want any stage school brats!': Sylvia Young on nurturing Billie Piper, Daniel Kaluuya and a host of stars". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 10 April 2023.
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  3. ^ "Sylvia Young Theatre School". Sylvia Young Theatre School.
  4. ^ "Admissions". Sylvia Young Theatre School.
  5. ^ a b "The Sylvia Young Theatre School Review". Which School Advisor.
  6. ^ a b "Famous Sylvia Young Theatre School Alumni". Ranker. Retrieved 10 April 2023.
  7. ^ "Bessie's talent gets her a part in West End show Oliver!". The News. Portsmouth. 25 February 2009. Archived from the original on 9 May 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  8. ^ "BBC One - Waterloo Road - Harry Fisher". BBC. Archived from the original on 29 October 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  9. ^ "TREVOR NELSON AT THE SYLVIA YOUNG THEATRE SCHOOL". BBC Radio 1xtra. 16 March 2011. Archived from the original on 13 March 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
  10. ^ "Fern Deacon Actress- About". fernsaffrondeacon. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  11. ^ "Hollie's Aussie TV show break".
  12. ^ " Laura Evans profile". Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  13. ^ "Obituary: Laura Sadler". 20 June 2003. Archived from the original on 9 July 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  14. ^ Eddo-Lodge, Reni (5 January 2018). "Reni Eddo-Lodge on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 22 January 2018. Hi @WestminsterWAG I didn't attend Sylvia Young Theatre School full time as a child. I went on a few summer schools though. Didn't you call up to check? Wikipedia is not a credible fact checking source.

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