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Rehearsal Photos Released For The National Youth Theatre’s Production Of ADA As Full Cast And Crew Is Announced

17 November 2023

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National Youth Theatre’s story of the world’s first female programmer, intended for young audiences, announces full cast and creative team

Ada plays from 1-9 December in the NYT’s Workshop Theatre, tickets on sale here

Free workshops for young people will accompany weekend performances 

New rehearsal images have been released today of National Youth Theatre’s forthcoming production Adawritten by Rebecca Manley and directed by Andrew Whyment especially for young audiences. The production opens at National Youth Theatre’s Workshop Theatre from 1 December, and plays until 9 December. Tickets are on sale now.

Meet Ada Lovelace - the world's first computer programmer. Ada follows a contemporary teenager’s adventure with the legendary Victorian mathematician, as they both face their fears about family, change and identity. Leaping through space and time and meeting some larger-than-life characters along the way, from a useless prime minister to Queen Victoria herself, Ada is an ideal show for schools and family audiences this December.



Ada has also announced its full cast, consisting of Leo Corbitt, Mark Crawley, Kira Golightly, Lydia Milne, Kijana Mihajlovski, Taz Rahman, Stella Saltibus and El Simons. 

Alongside Manley and Whyment, the creative team consists of Laura Ann Price (Set & Costume Design), John Patrick Elliott (Composer), Jack Hathaway (Lighting Designer), Jamie Lu (Sound Designer), Malik Nashad Sharpe (Movement Director), Sarah Frankcom (Dramaturg), Elly Roberts (Assistant Director - NYT Member), Josh Mathieson (Voice), Sean Laing & Jack Greenyer (Production Manager), Company Stage Manager (Beth Pratt), Sophy Leys Johnston (Stage Manager), Madeleine Edis (Costume Supervisor) and Sophie Andrews (Wardrobe Manager).

Photos by Greta Zabulyte



Writer - Rebecca Manley

Director - Andrew Whyment

Set & Costume Designer - Laura Ann Price

Composer - John Patrick Elliott

Lighting Designer - Jack Hathaway

Sound Designer - Jamie Lu

Movement Director - Malik Nashad Sharpe

Dramaturg - Sarah Frankom

Assistant Director (NYT Member) - Elly Roberts

Voice - Josh Mathieson

Production Manager - Sean Laing & Jack Greenyer

Company Stage Manager - Beth Pratt

Stage Manager - Sophy Leys Johnston

Costume Supervisor - Madeleine Edis

Wardrobe Manager - Sophie Andrews



1 - 9 Dec 2023 National Youth Theatre Workshop Theatre 

7pm Friday 1 December 2023

7pm Saturday 2 December 2023 - FREE Workshop for NYT Members Pre-Show

2pm Tuesday 5 December 2023

7pm Tuesday 5 December 2023

7pm Wednesday 6 December 2023

2pm Thursday 7 December 2023

7pm Thursday 7 December 2023

11am Friday 8 December 2023 - Relaxed performance & BSL interpreted

2pm Saturday 9 December 2023 - FREE Workshop Post-Show

7pm Saturday 9 December 2023 - FREE Workshop Pre-Show

Recommended age 9+

General Admission - £15

Pay What You Decide - You choose the amount you pay for the ticket

Pay It Forward - Help us break down barriers to the arts by supporting someone's else's discounted ticket

Islington Resident - £12

Family Ticket - £50 (Admits 4. Group ticket for four people that can be used with any combination of adults or children)

Standard ticket + Free Carer - £15 (Group tickets including x1 standard ticket and one free carer ticket (no ID ​required or questions asked)

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 produces ambitious theatrical productions in local communities, on leading global stages and in unusual spaces across the UK and beyond. In 2023, the redevelopment of NYT’s Creative Production House led by DSDHA won a RIBA London award in recognition of its environmentally conscious & inclusive design. This summer NYT delivered courses in seven towns and cities and NEST a major epic outdoor theatre piece in response to the climate crisis as part of LEEDS 2023. 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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