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NYT ANNOUNCES UP ALL NIGHT & WEST END GALA

Posted 15 Jul 2023 by Joe Duggan

NATIONAL YOUTH THEATRE ANNOUNCES UP ALL NIGHT - AN ALL NIGHT TAKEOVER AT THE DUKE OF YORK’S THEATRE ON 10 FEBRUARY 2023

TICKETS ON SALE AT 2PM ON 19 JANUARY

THE EVENT IS PART OF THIS YEAR’S TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF ITS HUGELY SUCCESSFUL REP COMPANY

‘MAKE A SPLASH’ FUNDRAISING GALA ALSO ANNOUNCED FOR 7 MARCH AT THE LONDONER HOTEL IN ASSOCIATION WITH EON PRODUCTIONS

Tickets are on sale

Up All Night

Join National Youth Theatre and some of Britain's leading voices for a world-first all-night West End youth takeover at the iconic Duke of York's Theatre on 10 February 2023. 

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.

Sleepless in the big city? Then this is the fancy stress party for you as the National Youth Theatre premieres new all-night stories, from Climate Cabarets to digital firsts, offering an antidote to life’s current challenges. With all-nighter tickets from just £12, Up All Night is a vigil to late-night culture in the heart of our capital city and promises to be one of the unique theatrical moments of the new year not to be missed.

Paul Roseby, Artistic Director and CEO said: “In the true spirit of our fearless company and equally bold and illustrious creatives, we have decided to face our issue heavy world head on with all eyes wide open in the first ever west end takeover for an all nighter of irreverent storytelling and joyous mayhem. Up all Night? You are not alone. In fact you’ll be with some of Britain’s best young talent supported by Britain’s most inventive and celebrated voices. See you there. ”

Today the charity is also announcing that they’ll be back in the West End at the Londoner Hotel on Tuesday 7th March for their annual fundraising gala, raising vital funds to support young talent and reduce barriers to entering the creative industries. Tickets are on sale now for the Make A Splash Fundraising Gala in association with EON Productions at www.nyt.org.uk/makeasplash The Gala committee is chaired by NYT President and Bond Producer Barbara Broccoli, with Vice-Chair Think Publishing’s Tilly McAuliffe. A live auction will be conducted by Sotheby’s chairman Lord Harry Dalmeny and the evening will feature  performances by NYT alumni, illustrious friends and some of Britain’s best young talent directed by Paul Roseby.

Up All Night and Make a Splash form part of the tenth anniversary season of the National Youth Theatre’s groundbreaking Rep season. This season features productions of Much Ado About Nothing adapted by Debris Stevenson at the Duke of York’s Theatre, Bola Agbaje’s Gone Too Far! at Theatre Royal Stratford East and a new version of Bakkhai by Anne Carson at the NYT Workshop Theatre.

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.  

The NYT REP will perform in productions of: 

Much Ado About Nothing
By William Shakespeare
Remixed by Debris Stevenson
Directed by Josie Daxter 
Duke of York’s Theatre

Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps

Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy meets reality TV romance in a raucous and lyrical adaptation by poet and playwright Debris Stevenson (Poet in da Corner, Royal Court) at the iconic Duke of York’s Theatre in London’s West End. Josie Daxter (NYT alumna), who has worked extensively with The PappyShow and Complicite, playfully directs this modern-day love story as we go behind the cameras into a loved-up world of gossip, matchmaking and manipulation. Don’t miss some of Britain’s best young talent taking over the West End with 1000 £10 tickets on sale for this 10th anniversary NYT REP Company production. 

Theatre Royal Stratford East and the National Youth Theatre present

Gone Too Far!
By Bola Agbaje
Directed by Monique Touko
Theatre Royal Stratford East

Bola Agbaje’s Olivier Award-winning remarkable debut GONE TOO FAR! returns to a major London stage in 2023 for the first time since becoming a GCSE set text. When two brothers from different continents go down the street to buy a pint of milk, they lift the lid on a disunited nation; a world where everyone wants to be an individual, but no one wants to stand out from the crowd, and where respect is always demanded but rarely freely given.

Agbaje’s comic and vibrant drama examining identity and heritage is the first co-production between Theatre Royal Stratford East and the National Youth Theatre. Directed with wit and energy by Monique Touko (The Clinic Almeida Theatre) who recently won Best Director at The Stage Debut Awards 2022 for Malindadzimu at the Hampstead Theatre.

Starring some of Britain’s best young talent from the illustrious NYT REP Company in its 10th anniversary season, the production follows the NYT’s collaboration with Agbaje on Bitches at the Finborough Theatre in 2016. Gone Too Far!’s premiere at the Royal Court Theatre in 2007 starred NYT Patron and alumna Zawe Ashton. It was adapted for the big screen to critical acclaim in 2013. Press night will be on Tuesday 28 March at 7.30pm.

Bakkhai
By Euripides
A new version by Anne Carson 
Directed by Maisie Newman 
NYT Workshop Theatre

Ancient Greece and gig theatre collide in a boldly reimagined Bakkhai like you’ve never seen it before. Underscored with original electronic music, filled with celebratory raucous dance and devised with some of Britain’s most exciting new talent from the NYT REP, Bakkhai is directed by Maisie Newman, recipient of the 2022 Bryan Forbes Directors Bursary, at the NYT Workshop Theatre. Maisie will be mentored by Sarah Frankcom as part of her Bryan Forbes Bursary.

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 events@nyt.org.uk for more information); International Music and Art Foundation; Noël Coward Foundation; 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.