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The National Youth Theatre (NYT) has announced that a company of 16 to 25 year olds will perform three shows in repertoire at London’s Ambassadors Theatre for the third consecutive year, from 18 September to 4 December 2015.
The three shows to be performed are:
Consensual, written by Evan Placey and directed by Pia Furtardo. Exploring teenage testosterone, teacher pupil relationships and the age of consent in the UK, the play will examine the relationship between PSHE teacher Diane and her class, specifically fifteen year old Freddie.
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte, adapted by Stephanie Street and directed by Emily Lim. Synopsis: "When Heathcliff, a mysterious child is rescued and brought to Wuthering Heights, he develops an inseparable bond to Cathy, a friendship which soon develops into a passionate and iconic love spanning generations and ending with tragedy."
The Merchant of Venice, the classic play by William Shakespeare will be performed in an abridged version specially for schools by Tom Stoppard. National Youth Theatre Associate Director Anna Nilaand will direct.
Paul Roseby, Artistic Director of the National Youth Theatre, released the following statement: “This season will celebrate the diversity, vibrancy and talent of Britain's youth, with fearless new voices. Much has been said about the current challenges young people from disadvantaged and 'diverse' backgrounds face trying to access our industry. We are the only company in the UK putting brave young talent on the West End stage in front of large audiences in a season of this scale.”