A West End Season for NYT
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
LATER THIS year, the National Youth Theatre will be presenting its first West End season at the Ambassadors Theatre. Playing alongside Stomp, the venue’s resident show, it will run from September 23 to November 29, 2013.
Fifteen young actors will perform three shows in repertoire – Michael Lesslie’s Prince of Denmark, Lolita Chakrabarti’s adaptation of Romeo and Juliet and a revival of James Graham’s Tory Boyz.
Directing the shows will be Anthony Banks, Associate Director for the National Theatre Discover Programme; Paul Roseby, NYT’s Artistic Director; and Thomas Hescott respectively.
The season will also include the world premiere of Pope Joan, actress Louise Brealey’s debut play about the only woman to achieve Papal status. Directed by former NYT member Abbey Wright, the historical drama will run at Piccadilly’s St James’ Church from August 31 to September 15, 2013.
The full NYT rep company comprises Laurence Baker, Louisa Beadel, Miguel Brooking, Sope Dirisu, Sophie Ellerby, Aruhan Galieva, Aaron Gordon, Zainab Hasan, Simon Lennon, Niall McNamee, Tom Prior, Abigail Rose, Anna Spearpoint, Tom Thompson and Daisy Whalley.
Former NYT member, Hugh Bonneville, has been named as a Patron of the company. Bonneville, star of the hugely popular Downton Abbey, said: “I am delighted to become a patron of the National Youth Theatre. I’d not be doing what I do now were it not for this fantastic organisation: it opened my eyes to what was to become my career… I look forward to waving the National Youth Theatre flag with pride.”