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  • Work Experience and Apprenticeships

    Thank you for your interest in undertaking Work Experience or an Apprenticeship with Mayflower Theatre. Due to the nature of our business we receive a huge number of enquiries from students regarding work experience, here you will find information about the programmes we offer and how to apply.

    Applications for work experience in 2016 and 2017 are now closed. We will be are now taking applications for 2018 placements from spring 2017, keep checking our website for details.

    One week placements

    We offer two one-week placements per year to those aged over 16. Unfortunately we cannot take students under the age of 16 due to licensing restrictions and there is no flexibility with this. We are however flexible with dates and can work around school/college holidays if needed. 

    Our placements are designed to be exciting, interesting and fun, you will definitely not be spending the week making tea! The week includes working in all areas of the theatre from Finance to Front of House. You may be surprised to learn that behind our beautiful theatre we have a large modern office building and we consider that working in these areas is just as important as experiencing the hard work  and excellent customer service we deliver in the theatre itself, both front of house and backstage.

    Participants can expect to be with us for 5 days and this will include working a Saturday matinee shift at the end of the week (time off in lieu will be given during the week).

    Due to the high level of interest in our placements candidates need to apply with their CV and covering letter to Closing date for 2017 applications was 31 October 2016, applications for 2018 open next spring.

    Technical Theatre Placements/Shadowing

    As we are a presenting house we do not produce our own shows and therefore need the permission of the visiting company to allow students to shadow or work backstage therefore it is often not practical to offer shadowing. If you are looking for a more hands-on placement than our one-week offer we suggest that you contact producing theatres in the local area or the touring companies direct. This is also the case if you are looking for make-up or costume placements as we do not generally employ our own make-up and costume staff therefore shadowing opportunities are limited.


    We have links with local universities to recruit interns for short term work and specific projects; when available, any available placements will be advertised by the universities we work with. Unfortunately we are unable to take speculative applications.


    At present we have no apprenticeship vacancies. As and when we do have an apprenticeship vacancy these are advertised on the national apprenticeship hub and our own website.

    Other requests

    If your request doesn’t fit into the above categories send us an email and we will get in touch to discuss your requirements –

    What it is like to have a work experience placement with us:

    Katie, 16 at time of placement:
    efore my work experience week I had absolutely no idea the scale of work which goes on behind the scenes at Mayflower Theatre. I applied via the work experience email address and was invited along for an interview (which really wasn’t as scary as I imagined). I have always had a passion for the arts and theatre and aspired to one day have a career within the arts. The only problem was I had no idea which specific career I wanted.

    On my first day I was provided with an itinerary for the week; there was so much that I would be doing: Ovation, FOH, Engage, Corporate, Marketing, Finance, HR, Technical to name a few. Everyone I met and shadowed was friendly, inspirational and showed a real interest in where I wanted to go with my career. I am struggling to choose a favourite part of the placement, it was either… going along to Summer Youth Project rehearsals with Engage, spending time up in the top class Ovation Restaurant, or a full backstage tour of The Lion King or learning about Mayflower Theatre as a business and how the theatre keeps itself afloat, or seeing digital specialists working on brochure designs, or seeing exciting show marketing campaigns.

    Mayflower Theatre’s work experience proved hugely valuable to me, you get to see and do so much, and if you are not sure on what vocation you want it gives you an insight to numerous options all in one week! I promise you will not be making cups to tea and photocopying on this placement. You will leave fully inspired, much more knowledgeable and with some fantastic memories of the fun you had.’

    Recent feedback from a 2016 work experience placement:
    ‘Thank you so much for organising the week for me, it's been an amazing opportunity to allow me to see all aspects of the theatre. All of the staff across the board were so welcoming and willing to share their experiences and advice with me, which is received with thanks.’ Adam Woodhouse