This year the National Youth Theatre is celebrating its 60th anniversary and for a limited season it returns to the Ambassadors Theatre with three amazing performances starting this week.
The NYT was established in 1956 as the first youth theatre in the world and has nurtured the talent of hundreds of thousands of young people and continues to be recognised as a world-leading youth arts organisation. Today the National Youth Theatre discovers, develops and provides platforms for exceptional performers and theatre technicians aged 14 – 25 from Great Britain and Northern Ireland and prides itself on always being as ambitious as the young people it serves.
From 20 September the National Youth Theatre will be displaying their very talented members in three magnificent plays showing until 25 November. It’s the perfect night out for all theatre-loving families and those looking to discover something new.
Here’s a look at what the new season has in store:
Romeo & Juliet
From 20 September 2016
It’s 1950s post-war London. Teddy girls mix with teddy boys and as immigration booms, so does brutality, prejudice and a ruthless gang culture. The National Youth Theatre’s latest adaption brings you vendettas, violence and star-crossed lovers like you’ve never seen them before. Under the compelling direction of Kate Hewitt, Britain’s best young talent return to the heart of London’s West End with this enduring Shakespearean tale following three critically acclaimed seasons.
From 26 September 2016
In the shadows of concrete high rises, 11-year-old Harri is walking on a tightrope towards manhood. Events quickly spiral out of his control and the world will never be the same again. Stephen Kelman’s 2011 Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel is electrifyingly adapted for stage for its West End premiere by award-winning playwright Gbolahan Obisesan. The NYT REP Company present this tender, funny and heart-breaking story inspired by one of the most powerful events in modern history.
From 9 November 2016
This West End premiere will see the National Youth Theatre REP Company bring to life Dennis Kelly’s moral tug of war between actions and their consequences. Under the dynamic direction of Bryan Forbes Bursary winner Sean Hollands, the NYT REP Company debut this hilarious tale with a very dark heart.
Tickets for the new season are now on sale via Ticketmaster.co.uk.