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This Week at NYT | Chic to Cheek Success

Posted 29 Jul 2023 by Joe Duggan

It’s been a huge week for NYT! We kicked off our week in style with our huge annual fundraiser, read on to find out how it all went!

Chic to Cheek

On Monday night NYT Members past and present gathered, alongside supporters of NYT both old and new for our brilliant fundraising gala dinner Chic to Cheek at Café de Paris. 
The night was hosted by Krishnan Guru-Murthy, and guests were treated to performances from NYT Vintage Members Tom Allen and Sophie Ellis-Bexter, as well as songs from current NYT members and a one off Disney inspired performance directed by Olivier Award winner Adam Meggido. 

At the centre of the evening was a tense live auction led by auctioneer Charlie Ross, which saw once in a lifetime prizes up for grabs! 

We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved, and are absolutely thrilled to announce that the evening raised a total of £205,000 to support NYT in 2018!

Mrs Dalloway 

It’s time for the final show of the REP Season 2017! On for two performances only, Mrs Dalloway opens on Monday and is directed by Thomas Bailey, recipient of the Bryan Forbes Director Bursary 2017!

There are still tickets left, so get yourself down to Ambassadors Theatre on Monday for the show. 

Book your tickets here

Members’ Event | Auditions Advice   

Booking is now open for our first Members’ Event of 2018!

Preparing for auditions for drama school, shows, or even NYT? Come along to our Auditions Advice workshop run by friends of NYT, The Mono Box, discussing all things monologues, auditions, and picking your speech! 

This event is open to all Club Members and Company Members! Book your space by heading to the Members’ Board! 

Casting Opportunities

There’s plenty more for our Company Members to get involved with at the moment at NYT. 

Not only are our 2018 Casting Auditions for our productions and the REP Company open for booking, but we’re also currently casting for a research and development project with Rikki Beadle Blair taking place in January. 

If you’re a Company Member and interested in applying for either opportunity, make sure your Company Membership is active and head over to the Members’ Board

Birmingham Training Day

This weekend NYT is heading to Birmingham to run a training day for Associates who have just joined the NYT network in the area. The training day will be run by Associate Director Anna Niland and NYT Associate and all around Birmingham legend Kane Husbands. 

Want to find out more about how to get involved in NYT in Birmingham? 

Take a look at our national auditions and interviews tour, and our Start Up Saturday course coming to Birmingham in January! 

NYT Workshop at Baltic Centre 

National Youth Theatre Workshop at Baltic Centre, Saturday 2nd December, 11am – 1pm  FREE *limited availability* 
The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain is coming to the Baltic Centre with an introductory workshop in ensemble theatre for young people age 14-25. Led NYT Associate Artist Katy Weir, the session will be the perfect opportunity for participants to gain a fun and informal insight into theatre making and demystify the auditioning process. Followed by a Q&A, this is an excellent occasion to ask questions about the industry and the organisation. No experience required. (Open to both members and non-members)

If you would like to attend please RSVP to info@nyt.org.uk

National Youth Theatre Town Hall Meeting for NYT Members - #NoGreyArea

In response to recent industry-wide action to tackle unacceptable behaviour relating to abuses of power in the theatre industry and beyond, we will be holding a Town Hall Meeting for National Youth Theatre members at our Holloway Road rehearsal rooms. 

If you are a member and would like to attend, head to the Members' Board for full information.


We’re feeling pretty thankful this week to all those who make NYT happen, and particularly to our longstanding supporters and friends! Head over to our Instagram to see our Development Officer Clíodhna give her thanks to all those who have made her time at NYT special. 

We want to hear your thank yous! Who was your inspiration to join the NYT? Who would you like to thank? Send your thank you videos over to info@nyt.org.uk for a chance to be featured on our social media.  

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates it. 

Alumni News 

Congrats to the brilliant James Graham and Al Smith who have both been nominated for Evening Standard Theatre Awards. James has been nominated for Best Play for Ink which played at the Almeida Theatre and Duke of York’s Theatre. Whilst Al Smith has been nominated for the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright. Good luck to both! We’ll be at the Awards to cheer you on. 

NYT Vintage Member Dan Stevens’s new film The Man Who Invented Christmas is out just in time for Christmas. Dan is starring as Charles Dickens in the drama. 

Parliament Square by James Fritz at the Bush Theatre kicks off this week, starring NYT REP Company Alumna Seraphina Beh.

More REP Alumni news! Kwami Odoom returned to the National Theatre this week, for the return of Barber Shop Chronicles. 

Congrats to NYT Backstage Members Roni Neale and Rachel Stanwood-Jones, in our REP Season stage management team, who have secured full time Stage Management roles at The Ambassadors and Dreamgirls respectively. 

NYT Playing Up Alumna Saskia Reed has been cast as PHOENIX in nibling, written by Oakley Flanagan, directed by Alistair Wilkinson - both NYT Members.The short play will be shown as part of the Mono Box's PLAYSTART event on December 12th. Details can be found here.

And finally this week we heard of the sad passing of our friend Peter March who was a founder member of the Youth Theatre.