A company of sixteen 18-25 year-olds will perform three shows in repertory at the Ambassadors Theatre in London from 18th September to 4th December 2015.
The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain (NYT) begins their autumn season in the West End this week. Following the huge success of the REP seasons in 2013 and 2014, the company returns to the Ambassadors Theatre with three new productions exploring themes of sex education, relationships, class and heritage. NYT will also present ‘An Audience with David Suchet’ on 15th October, a unique opportunity to hear the magnificent Hercule Poirot and NYT alumnus in conversation with NYT Artistic Director, Paul Roseby.
The three shows in this year’s West End rep season include:
Consensual – a brand new play exploring issues and experiences around sexting, young people and sexual consent, written by Evan Placey and directed by Pia Furtado. Exploring teenage testosterone, teacher-pupil relationships and the age of consent in the UK, Consensual will examine the relationship between PSHE teacher Diane and her class, specifically 15-year-old Freddie.
Wuthering Heights – adapted by Stephanie Street (Sisters) from the Gothic novel by Emily Brontë and directed by Emily Lim (Brainstorm, The Kilburn Passion and The Wardrobe). When Heathcliff, a mysterious child is rescued and brought to Wuthering Heights, he develops an inseparable bond to Cathy, a friendship which soon develops into a passionate and iconic love spanning generations and ending with tragedy.
The Merchant of Venice – NYT Associate Anna Niland will direct Tom Stoppard’s abridged version of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Stoppard’s version, originally abridged especially for the NYT to perform at the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing, and the subject of a BBC documentary, is a 90-minute whirlwind which has delighted audiences and schools alike for the past decade.
Also in London’s West End, the NYT are thrilled to be hosting a one-off event with award-winning actor David Suchet. ‘An Audience with David Suchet’ will see the magnificent Hercule Poirot in conversation with Paul Roseby, CEO and Artistic Director of the National Youth Theatre, at the Vaudeville Theatre on 15th October. It presents a unique opportunity to hear from Suchet about his five-decade career spanning across theatre, film and television, including what it was like to say goodbye to one of Britain’s best loved TV detectives, and his current role as Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. This is a fundraising event to support the work of the National Youth Theatre with Britain’s best young talent.
Find out more at www.nyt.org.uk
Vaudeville Theatre, London
15th October 2015, 3pm
Tickets start at £27.50
Consensual, 7:30pm performances:
29th, 30th September; 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th October; 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 18th, 24th November; 2nd December
Wuthering Heights, 2.30pm matinee performances:
25th September; 2nd, 6th, 13th, 14th, 23rd, 30th October; 6th, 10th, 11th, 24th, 27th November; 1st, 4th December
7.30pm evening performances:
27th October; 17th, 25th November
The Merchant of Venice, 2:30pm matinee performances:
29th, 30th September; 7th, 9th, 16th, 20th, 26th, 27th October; 3rd, 4th, 13th, 17th, 18th, 25th November; 2nd December
7.30pm evening performances: 1st December
Box Office: www.theambassadorstheatre.co.uk
Images: Helen Maybanks