First West End season from the National Youth Theatre

Date Posted: 18/05/2013

Running from 22nd September to 1st December the National Youth Theatre will present its first West End season this year with three shows performed in rep at the Ambassadors Theatre.

The season includes Tory Boyz by James Graham, directed by Thomas Hescott, Prince of Denmark by Michael Lesslie, directed by Anthony Banks, and an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

School trip organisers will also be able to take parties to see the world premiere of Louise Brealey’s Pope Joan, at St James’ Church, Piccadilly from 31st August to 15th September. Pope Joan tells the legendary story of the first and only female to achieve Papal status, according to 15th century myth.

About the performances

Tory Boyz is a bold and astute political comedy that goes behind the scenes of the corridors of power at Westminster where saving face and avoiding scandal is the order of the day.

Billed as a prequel to Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by Michael Lesslie is set a decade before the events of Shakespeare’s play.

Romeo and Juliet has been adapted for the NYT by Lolita Chakrabarti, author of the Olivier Award-nominated Red Velvet. The adaptation is set in the early 1980s, against a back-drop of youth unemployment and economic recession.

The NYT REP Company

Following a pilot programme in 2012, 15 of the NYT’s most talented performers aged 18 – 25 were selected from auditions to form the NYT’s Rep Company.

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