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Paid Internship: Junior Theatre Technician



April 11, 2024


DEADLINE: 8PM, 11 April


We are inviting applications for a three-month paid internship at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, West End as a Junior Theatre Technician.

This is a fantastic entry level opportunity for someone interested in electrics, woodwork, and/or carpentry. You will be working full time at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for three months, mentored by our in-house electrical and carpentry teams, and receiving support from the Masterclass team. During this 13-week internship you will learn and practise the skills needed to pursue a career backstage in theatre. You will gain in experience across many roles backstage, from carpentry to lighting, sound and automation, with the option to focus on whichever skill interests you.

This is an entry level role, and therefore suitable for people who have no formal theatre training - you do not need any experience of working in a theatre to apply, but you must have relevant skills in carpentry / woodwork or electrics or sound, and you must have an interest in working in theatre or live events. You will receive appropriate skills training and a workplace reference for future employment.

Not sure what job this internship could lead to? Check out a full list of backstage careers here.


This internship is a development and learning opportunity for those at the start of their theatre career, or those who are interested in taking their first steps in the industry.

Candidates should:

  • Have an interest in theatre or live events, and a curious, hardworking attitude
  • Be able to demonstrate qualifications and / or experience in at least one of carpentry, electrics or sound.
  • Be eager to learn on the job, while contributing as part of a busy team
  • Have good communication and organisational skills
  • Work calmly under pressure and be able to solve problems as they arise
  • Not have had professional experience working backstage on a large-scale commercial production. (Our internships vary from entry-level placements to later career development opportunities. This role is an entry-level placement for someone with relevant skills who has not yet had an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a theatre context.)

The nature of this opportunity, and the funding to support it, means that we have a strong preference for candidates under the age of 25, and who are resident in the London boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Camden, City of London, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster. We will, however, consider all candidates.

To check your borough, click here.

Candidates must:

  • Be aged 18+
  • Be available for the full duration of the placement
  • Have the right to work in the UK for the full duration of the placement.
  • Be a Masterclass member. Masterclass membership is completely free and open to anyone aged 16-30. Click here to sign up.

Masterclass and Theatre Royal Haymarket are committed to building a theatre workforce that demonstrates equality, diversity and inclusion. As such, our recruitment focuses on providing opportunities to those currently underrepresented in our workforce, and across the entertainment industry. We particularly welcome and encourage applications from candidates from the global majority, who come from a working class background or who have faced specific obstacles to progression. (This role will be based in a venue without step-free access, but reasonable adjustments will be made to ensure that the successful candidate can operate effectively.)


Please complete this application form.

You can download the questions to prepare in advance here.

OR, if this process is not accessible to you, please send a video or audio file (maximum 3 minutes) explaining your interest in Technical Theatre, your experiences to date, and how you would benefit from the placement, to with the subject heading: TECHNICAL - TRH


Application Deadline: 8pm, Thursday 11 April

First interviews: late April

Start date: 20 May 2024

End date: 18 August 2024

Job Location: Central London 

Contract Type: Fixed Term  

Salary: London Living Wage 

If you have any questions, please contact the Masterclass office by email:

With grateful thanks to Theatre Royal Haymarket for making this opportunity possible.

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