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National Youth Theatre Release Rehearsal Images For Reality TV Romance Adaptation Of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

23 January 2023

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National Youth Theatre REP have released the first look at their West End production of Much Ado About Nothing!

Revised by Grime artist, poet and playwright Debris Steveson (Poet in da Corner, Royal Court), the much-loved Shakespeare comedy set to the backdrop of a reality TV romance will open at the Duke of York’s Theatre from Tuesday 7 February to Friday 10 February. Josie Daxter (NYT alumna), who has worked extensively with The PappyShow and Complicite, playfully directs this modern-day love story as they go behind the cameras into a loved-up world of gossip, matchmaking and manipulation. Some of Britain’s best young talent will be taking over the West End with 1000 £10 tickets on sale for this 10th anniversary NYT REP Company production. 



Alongside the production, on Friday 10 February, National Youth Theatre and some of Britain's leading voices will be hosting the world-first all-night West End youth takeover at the Duke of York. Featuring world premieres of new work by some of Britain’s best theatre-makers and artists including Lolita Chakrabarti, James Graham, DJ High Contrast, Imogen Knight, Mark Ravenhill, Simon Stephens, Athena Stevens, Dawn Walton and more. Their work will be staged by, and alongside new stories from, the country’s next generation of big talent including filmmaker Omar Khan and NYT Associate Companies Itch + Scratch and Piece of Cake Productions who’ll be curating an hour dedicated to celebrating young Black talent.



Much Ado About Nothing will be the first production of National Youth Theatre REP Company’s 10th season. This will be followed by Bola Agbaje’s Olivier Award-winning remarkable debut GONE TOO FAR! at Theatre Royal Stratford East from 24 March – 1 April 2023. The season will end with a new version of Bakkhai by Anne Carson and directed by Maisie Newman at NYT’s Workshop Theatre in North London from 2 - 6 May 2023.

In this 10th year the NYT REP company led by NYT Associate Director Anna Niland will be made up of: Hannah Zoé Ankrah, Tomás Azocar-Nevin, Eleanor Booth, Chloe Cooper, Daniel Cawley, Jack D’Arcy, Jez Davess-Humphrey, Jessica Enemokwu, Isolde Fenton, Kira Golightly, Thuliswa Magwaza, Dalumuzi Moyo, Olivia Ng, Jasmine Ricketts, Nathaly Sabino and Jerome Scott. Each year NYT REP members are mentored by industry professional including casting directors, producers and performers. This year they will be mentored by Isabel Adomakoh Young, Amy Ball, Rikki Beadle-Blair, Johnny Capps, Steffan Donnelly, Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù, Lucianne McEvoy, Ray Fearon, Kane Husbands, Bryony Jarvis-Taylor, Kate Kennedy, Lauren Lyle, Ruth O'Dowd, Amanda Wilkin and Ashley Zhangazha. 



National Youth Theatre would like to thank the following for their support of our 2022/23 NYT REP Company: our principal supporter Arts Council England; The Leverhulme Trust, Ian McKellen, the Clothworkers’ Foundation and Helen Mirren for their support of bursaries; Spotlight for their support of The REP Industry Performances for agents, casting directors and creative professionals to see each show in the season (email [email protected] for more information); Idlewild Trust and The Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust. We’re very grateful to all those who have donated to the Bryan Forbes Bursary for Young Directors and in particular Emma Forbes and Graham Clempson. We would also like to thank all of NYT's Centre Stage Supporters and Investors in Talent.




Much Ado About Nothing
The Duke of York’s Theatre
7-10 February 2023

Tickets from £10 on sale from 26 October 

Gone Too Far!
Theatre Royal Stratford East
24 March – 1 April 2023 

Press Night on Tuesday 28 March at 7.30pm

Tickets from £10 on sale now

NYT Workshop Theatre
2-6 May 2023    

Tickets: Pay What You Want tickets on sale from 26 October 

About National Youth Theatre
National Youth Theatre is a pioneering youth arts charity that nurtures creative expression, personal well-being and skills development, engaging thousands of young people aged 11- 25 around the UK every year. Established in 1956 as the world’s first youth theatre, NYT seeks out, supports and champions performers, theatre technicians and young creative leaders. NYT produce ambitious theatrical productions in local communities, on leading global stages and in unusual spaces across the UK and beyond, commissioning brave and relevant new writing and reinterpreting classic stories for our time. Recent work has ranged from London Fashion Week and Glasgow’s COP26 to libraries in Liverpool, an earth amphitheatre in Shropshire and theatres in cities around the UK and in the heart of London’s West End. 

NYT’s free creative leadership, safeguarding, intersectionality and inclusive practice training underpin their work with hundreds of creative freelance professionals each year. This work will continue to grow in the coming year with major partnerships to grow and diversify the creative industries pipeline around the UK.  NYT empowers young diverse voices and foregrounds the issues that matter most to young people. Through a range of free accredited creative employment programmes the NYT supports young people not in education or employment into further training and work in the creative industries.  In the coming year this NYT’s programme will include a major partnership with Leeds 2023, the 10th anniversary REP season, a climate cabaret commissioned by The Space, a feature film of The Ancestors by Lakesha Arie-Angelo, directed by Jade Lewis, shot on location at Portchester Castle and productions at leading theatres around the UK and in the West End. NYT’s alumni include some of Britain’s most successful performers, technical theatre experts working on the world’s biggest events and stages and creative leaders at venues around the UK and beyond.

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