Founded in 1976, the National Youth Music Theatre offers exceptional opportunities in pre-professional, musical theatre training for talented young people aged 10 to 23 years through skills workshops, master classes and residential courses led by industry professionals, through commissioning and presentation of exciting new work and, in collaboration with some of the UK’s leading creative minds, producing bold, new realisations of major works of the core repertoire.
These opportunities exist for stage performers, musicians, technicians and stage crew and, through our Creative Team Mentorship programme, for aspiring directors, musical directors, choreographers and designers.
The National Youth Music Theatre represents the very best in work with young people through musical theatre enabling thousands of youngsters across the UK to develop both their creative and personal potential, leading Andrew Lloyd Webber to dub it “the finest youth music theatre in the world”.
PRODIGY Original Cast Recording Released
Auburn Jam Records and National Youth Music Theatre are excited to be releasing the Original Cast Recording of Prodigy, the new musical from Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary, commissioned and developed by NYMT for its premiere production at The St James Theatre in August 2015.
CDs are available now at www.auburnjam.co.uk/product/prodigy-original-cast-recording and digital copies will be available to download via all major online retailers.
The story follows the backstage drama of teenage hormones and parental pressure, when five finalists gather to compete to be Britain’s best new classical music star. With a live televised final looming, emotions run high and we witness everything from bitter vendettas to unexpected romance, to find out which of the competitors will rise to the top and be crowned the winner.
Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary, the writing team behind the acclaimed Leicester Curve production of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, have been lauded by The Stage as “One of musical theatre’s most dynamic writing partnerships”. They are particularly delighted to be releasing their first Original Cast Recording with Prodigy which was written and developed closely with the cast of 27 young people between the ages of 11-23, from all over the UK, with more than half the cast in actor-musician roles:
“The original cast of Prodigy are an exceptional bunch of actors and musicians, and we can’t wait to see where their careers take them next – they are quite simply the stars of the future. We are so thrilled to have captured this special time in their lives – and in ours too – on this cast recording. It is to them, and our impeccable creative team, we owe all our love and thanks.”
– Jake Brunger & Pippa Cleary
The original NYMT production at the St James Theatre came together under the direction of Kate Golledge, with musical direction from Candida Caldicot and choreography by Darragh O’Leary, and received high praise from reviewers:
**** “Seriously catchy tunes and a genuinely heart-warming story” – SoSoGay Magazine
**** “Prodigy really is a hearty, enjoyable affair for so many reasons.” – Musical Theatre Review
**** “Prodigy offers much to celebrate in Britain’s musical theatre talent, both in composition and performing”– Jonathan Baz
The team are delighted to have joined forces with music producer Joe Davison at Auburn Jam Music, Associate Producer Richard Jones and independent label Auburn Jam Records to bring the show to life again for this Original Cast Recording.
NYMT Gift Tokens
The ideal present for music theatre lovers! NYMT Gift Tokens may be purchased for any amount from £5 to £500 and may be used towards any auditions, workshops or residential course fees
NYMT's "BRASS" WINS BEST MUSICAL AWARD
We're very proud to say that BRASS, commissioned by NYMT, written by Benjamin Till and directed by Sara Kestelman at City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds, has won the UK Theatre Award for Best Musical Production. The award was presented by Brian Conley at a ceremony in London's Guildhall on Sunday 19 October. UK Theatre Awards are the only nationwide awards to honour outstanding achievement in regional theatre throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
IDRIS ELBA RETURNS TO NYMT AS PATRON
We are delighted to announce that the award-winning actor known for his roles in The Wire, Luther, Prometheus, Thor and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom has agreed to become a patron of the National Youth Music Theatre. With a grant from the Prince's Trust, IDRIS ELBA joined the National Youth Music Theatre in 1990 and toured to Japan with our production of Guys and Dolls.
As part of a promotional film for the new Jaguar XE, Idris embarked on a road trip from London to Berlin. And he started the journey with a visit to NYMT HQ to put the next rising stars of the company through auditions. It's where his journey as an actor began and we are proud to have his support in helping the next generation of talent.