NEWS: National Youth Theatre to Present First East End Season this Summer

The National Youth Theatre are set to present five plays as part of its ‘East End’ season at the Arcola Theatre, The Yard Theatre and Wilton’s Music Hall. 

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National Youth Theatre Playing up Season at the Arcola. (c) Mark Cocksedge. 

Running throughout the summer and featuring 97 young actors from across the UK, the National Youth Theatre’s first ever East End season will see five productions by the company presented at three different venues.

The NYT’s social inclusion course, ‘Playing Up’ will run at the Arcola Theatre between the 20th and 22nd July, presenting Three a new play by Sophie Ellerby and directed by Anna Nilan.

This will then be followed by three plays at The Yard Theatre between the 8th and 26th August – each exploring themes such as cultural prejudice, women’s suffrage and the European refugee crisis. The works that will be presented at The Yard Theatre include Mohsin Hamid’s  The Reluctant Fundamentalist  adapted for the stage by Stephanie Street, Jessica Swale’s Blue Stockings and Nessah Muthy  The Host .

Meanwhile, Wilton’s Music Hall will be the setting for a celebration of 50 years of NYT commissioning new writing for young people, with a reproduction of Zigger Zagger which will be performed at the venue from the 6th to the 9th September.

Following the East End season, the REP company will return to the Ambassadors Theatre for a fifth year from 26 September to 8 December with a brand new female-led adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel Jekyll and Hyde exploring women’s roles and rights in Victorian society. It has been adapted by  Evan Placey who wrote their 2015 hit Consensual and is directed by Roy Alexander Weise (JMK 2016 Winner), whose recent directing credits include the Young Vic’s acclaimed production The Mountaintop and The Ugly One at the Park Theatre.

The second REP production will be the NYT presenting Frantic Assembly’s award-winning modern-day Othello, adapted by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly.

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