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The National Youth Theatre present Kes at Lyric



Preview by Paul Nelson

THE National Youth Theatre (NYT) returns to the Lyric Hammersmith this autumn with the stage adaptation of the British film, Kes. They will also present Immaculate Conceit in the Lyric Studio and will perform Murder in the Cathedral in both Westminster and Southwark Cathedrals.

This year, the NYT has achieved a considerable increase in funding from Arts Council England, and this 2003 season will also herald the end of Edward Wilson's 16 years as the NYT's Director.

The NYT return to the Lyric Hammersmith from Friday, August 22 until Saturday, September 13 with a stage adaptation of Barry Hines' novel, Kes, which, when filmed, propelled Ken Loach to international recognition. The adaptation, by Lawrence Till, will be directed by John Hoggarth.

Billy's expectations of being forced to work down the pits in Yorkshire after leaving school change when he finds Kes, a young kestrel, whom he trains. Their relationship becomes symbolic of a doomed attempt to escape the drudgery of the industrial North.

Previous productions by the NYT at the Lyric include last year's The Threepenny Opera and the 2001 production of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.

Immaculate Conceit, adapted from Stella Duffy's novel, will run in the Lyric Studio from Wednesday, August 27 to Saturday, September 13.

Set in Soho, where the 'beautiful people' are, the 18-strong cast present this exciting new play about the loves of various individuals all working, or struggling to work in this sexy square mile of London.

A new TV production company wanting to take over the world, a waitress with a talent that isn't waitressing, a rickshaw driver who goes further than his wildest dreams and a lap-dancer who is told by the Angel Gabriel that she is carrying the next Messiah. True? They all want to believe in something...

The NYT will also be mounting a lavish production of T.S. Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral in both Westminster and Southwark Cathedrals. Murder In The Cathedral will run from Thursday, August 28 until Friday, September 5 in Southwark Cathedral and on Thursday & Friday, September 11 & 12 in Westminster Cathedral.

Edward Wilson will direct this production with a 60-strong cast, his last as the NYT's Director, and it will provide the perfect opportunity for the National Youth Theatre's talented young company to bring their energy, flair and versatility to what will be a powerful production in a spectacular cathedral setting.

Wilson's original NYT production in London and Edinburgh and subsequently at the Moscow Art Theatre marked the beginning of his leadership of the company.

Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot

At Southwark Cathedral: Thursday, August 28 - September 5
At Westminster Cathedral: Thursday & Friday, September, 11 & 12
Southwark Cathedral, Montague Close, London SE1 9DA
Westminster Cathedral, Victoria Street, London, SW1
Box Office for both venues: Ticketmaster 0870 534 4444. Booking opens Tuesday 1st July
Performance Times 8pm

Kes adapted by Lawrence Till from the book by Barry Hines

Friday, August 22 - Saturday, September 13 (Press Night: Tuesday, August 26)
Evenings Monday to Saturday (not August 25) at 7.30pm
Saturday Matinees August 23, 30, Sept 6, 13 at 2.30pm.
Midweek Matinees: August 27, Sept 3, 10, 11 at 1.30pm.
Lyric Hammersmith, King Street W6 0AL
Lyric Hammersmith and Ticket office: 08700 500 511
Tickets: Mondays: All seats £9
All other performances: £10, £14, £18

Immaculate Conceit adapted by Paul Roseby, Stella Duffy and the NYT Company,
based upon the novel "Immaculate Conceit" by Stella Duffy

Wednesday, August 27 - Saturday, September 13 (Press Night: Thursday, August 28)
Evenings Monday to Saturday at 8pm
Saturday Matinees Aug 30th, Sept 6th, 13th at 4pm
Lyric Hammersmith, King Street W6 0AL
Lyric Hammersmith and Ticket office: 08700 500 511
Tickets: Mondays: All seats £7
All other performances: £12

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