“If you’re lucky enough to be part of a youth theatre led by Lizi Patch you’ll be guided by an understanding, empathetic, powerful woman who will do everything she can to make sure you achieve everything you’re capable of and more.” 
KYM KITCHING, former YT member


We really appreciate the brilliance, not just of the shows but of the staff and the ethos behind them.

Revving up to the 2018 Musical.

The City Varieties Youth Theatre Company works with 3 groups of young people aged 8-17 yrs old. I run the youth theatre assisted by a pool of freelance industry professional dancers, choreographers, musicians, directors and writers.

CVYT explores the notion of theatre as a tool for social change and personal development for a new generation of theatre-makers and theatre goers. We give young people the skills, the time and the support to take creative and personal risks, enabling them to express themselves physically, verbally and through the written word. We produce an annual full-scale summer musical with live orchestra, plus a number of contemporary plays and devised pieces throughout the year at the beautiful City Varieties Music Hall, The Howard Assembly Rooms and the Leeds Grand Studio.


“Well done everyone for an absolutely amazing performance. It has been a real pleasure to watch everyone grow in confidence and ability over the years. Well done youth theatre this was definitely the best one to date. Can’t wait for next year.”

Poster design: Scott Thompson

“Saw a fabulous performance of #LittleShopofHorrors @CityVarieties So polished that I had to keep reminding myself that this was a youth theatre! Well done to all involved” (Twitter)


photo: Kerry Maule


“Absolutely first class production, there was a palpable vibe of fun and a total commitment from the entire cast who were obviously determines to send the audience away with a smile on their face… and they achieved this in spades.”

photo: Kerry Maule

Fantastic performance. Well done to all of you. Thanks Lizi and the team for encouraging our children to achieve what they achieved last night. Bring on the next performance!