NEWS: National Youth Music Theatre Announce 2019 Productions

The National Youth Music Theatre have announced their 2019 Summer productions to be performed at The Other Palace.

Heading to The Other Palace for its third consecutive Summer season, details have been unveiled about the National Youth Music Theatre’s 2019 season to help showcase the company’s commitment to provide exceptional opportunities for young people in musical theatre.

This new season of work to be presented by the company will include three contrasting musicals including this year’s commission from the award-winning writing partnership of writer and actor Scott Gilmour, and composer/musical director, Claire McKenzieaka Noisemaker. Legend Trippers (14-17th August) uses the lens of a group of mismatched school kids who all share a love of the supernatural to explore themes of social and political division, shining a light on how we treat “outsiders”.

Meanwhile, the company will also present the Tony Award-winning Parade (7th-10th August) which explores the endurance of love and hope against all the odds. With a book by acclaimed playwright Alfred Uhry and a rousing, colourful and haunting score by Jason Robert Brown, Parade tells the tragic, true story of the trial and lynching of a man wrongly accused of murder.

The third production that the NYMT will present as part of its season at The Other Palace will be a production of the classic Cole Porter musical, Anything Goes (21st -24th August). Music, dance, laughs, and the age-old tale of boy meets girl – Anything Goes is a hilarious shipboard romp, wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s most magical scores.

In addition to the summer season at The Other Palace, NYMT will also take a show on the road with Growl – The True Story of the Big Bad Wolf by Timothy Knapman and Laurence Mark Wythe. Following a hugely successful summer workshop, NYMT takes Growl on a mini-tour to Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, Curve Leicester and Rose Theatre Kingston.

Jeremy Walker, producer of NYMT, said, “For over 40 years NYMT has shown unrivalled commitment to the provision of opportunity in the field of musical theatre, both for young people as participants and for writers and composers. We’re delighted to carry that work forwards in partnership with The Other Palace. Our shared aim is to extend our programme for the benefit of young people of all backgrounds and to encourage emerging writers, providing opportunities for them to work on a large scale alongside our experienced dramaturgs and directors and, of course, with an outstanding young company of actors and musicians.”

The NYMT was founded in 1976 by Jeremy James Taylor with its first production, The Ballad of Salomon Pavey, winning the Scotsman Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Since then NYMT has gone on to produce over 200 musicals and concerts and worked with thousands of young performers and theatre makers from across the UK. Recent  alumni include Amara Okereke (Stage Debut Award) playing Cosette in Les Misérables and 19-year-old Joe Griffiths Brown, who recently joined the cast of Hamilton as swing. Amongst the many who started out at NYMT are Jude Law, Idris Elba, Sheridan Smith and Michael Jibson, who dedicated his 2018 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical (King George III in Hamilton) to NYMT, Drew McOnie (Olivier Award-winning choreographer of In the Heights and director-choreographer of King Kong on Broadway) and Allison Ava Brown, currently playing Angelica Schuyler in  Hamilton.

The National Youth Music Theatre‘s Summer season at The Other Palace will run from the 7th to the 24th August.

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