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This Week at NYT | Performing at City Hall and Summer Rehearsals

Posted 29 Jul 2023 by Joe Duggan

Preparations for our first shows of the summer are well underway… 


Wherever I Lay My Head 

NYT Members directed by Andy Whyment, staged a performance of Jamila Gavin’s Wherever I Lay My Head in City Hall in partnership with Coram. The show, exploring the experiences of young refugees coincided with World Refugee Day. 


Tortoise Rehearsals

Rehearsals for our Playing Up Company’s end of year production Tortoise, written by Mark Weinman and directed by Matt Harrison have moved over to the Bunker Theatre this week. 

As technology continues to consume us, there are more and more places to hide. This brand new play asks at what point does reality come knocking on its virtual siblings door? 

Tickets for Tortoise are strictly limited, make sure to book in advance if you want to see our hugely talented Playing Up Company take to the stage 

Photo: Alessandra Davison


The Reluctant Fundamentalist 

This week rehearsals for Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist adapted by Stephanie Street and directed by Prasanna Puwanarajah kicked off. This summer the production heads to Bradford (1-2 July) and the Edinburgh Fringe (14-26 August), and sees the return of four of the original cast members. 

You can book your tickets for the show here

Take a look at our brilliant cast, with four members from the original production returning! 


Matt Smith

NYT Patron and alumnus Matt Smith and CEO Paul Roseby at a fundraising lunch to raise funds to support free NYT creative opportunities for young talent hosted by Coutts.


Weekend Workshop 

On Sunday we’re welcoming a whole load of young people who auditioned or interviewed with us this year to a free Auditions and Interviews feedback session and workshop led by NYT Associate and Open Door Founder David Mumeni. 


Summer Masterclasses

Spaces are going fast on this summer’s six-day masterclasses happening in London, Manchester, Milton Keynes and Guildford. 

There are just a couple of spaces left on our inaugural Digital Storytelling masterclass run in partnership with Central Saint Martins. Don’t miss your chance to explore the future of digital technology and theatre with us. 


Peter Clayton 

We are deeply saddened that National Youth Theatre Trustee and Development Board Chair Peter Clayton passed away earlier this week. We will miss him enormously.


Member and Alumni News 

This week NYT Alumna Antonia Thomas performed NYT Associate Rachel De-Lahay’s Tipping Point on BBC Four as part of their Snatches: Moments From 100 Years Of Women's Lives series curated by Vicky Featherstone. Set in 2028, Tipping point explores the 100th anniversary of all women in the UK getting the vote, and asks what will the situation be for women?

Paapa Essiedu is to star in a West End season of Harold Pinter’s one-act plays. This week Paapa also appeared on BBC Radio Four on Hollie McNish meets Paapa Essiedu.

NYT Alumnus Richard Hope who is currently appearing in Woman in Black a the Fortune Theatre talks the play, and being part of NYT