Address: [Private Address], SW1P2NN
Region: Westminster, Greater London
Contact Name: Jeremy Walker
History: Established in 1976 by Jeremy James Taylor, OBE, NYMTâ€™s productions have been seen throughout the UK and abroad. From its first show, The Ballad of Salomon Pavey, at the Edinburgh Fringe (subsequently part of Her Majesty's Silver Jubilee celebrations in London) the company's work has toured to Japan, Norway, Greece, Taiwan, Canada, Hong Kong and America, winning numerous accolades and awards.
Invitations to perform at the National Theatre and on television followed. The company featured prominently at the Edinburgh Festival in the mid-1980s, premiering Richard Stilgoe's Bodywork, highlighting NYMT's commitment to developing new work. This has continued to this day with premieres of The Kissing Dance and The Dreaming by Charles Hart and Howard Goodall, Orvin by Alan Ayckbourn and Creation by Richard Taylor. Following a Royal Gala performance, HRH The Earl of Wessex became President of NYMT in 1988 and, in 1989, the BBC broadcast the company's The Ragged Child. With Andrew Lloyd Webber's support NYMT continued to thrive, accepting invitations to perform in Hong Kong, Toronto and New York, and presenting a hugely successful 11-week West End run of Bugsy Malone at the Queen's Theatre.
In 2009 the NYMT were the first to produce a musical at Hull Truck's brand new theatre with Melvyn Bragg's and Howard Goodall's The Hired Man, which later transferred to the Vanbrugh Theatre, RADA. The company also collaborated with Cactus Productions on a new musical, Totally Over You, by Mark Ravenhill and Craig Christie, culminating in a performance at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. In 2010 Jeremy James Taylor was awarded an OBE in recognition of his many years' service to young people and the theatre. Then, to mark Sondheim's 80th birthday, NYMT took his thriller, Sweeney Todd, out of the theatre and into a converted Victorian warehouse in London's East End. That same year, Jude Law accepted an invitation to become a patron of NYMT, joining Tom Chambers as an ambassador for the company.
In May 2011 NYMT were proud to accept the invitation to perform alongside English National Ballet, Flawless and Docklands Sinfonia at Buckingham Palace for a reception given by HM The Queen to celebrate Young People in the Performing Arts and, that summer, NYMT brought Sweeney Todd back to life for the International Youth Arts Festival in a version entirely restaged for The Rose, Kingston.
The 2012 season opened with a gala concert hosted by Matt Lucas and saw a major collaboration with the American musical theatre composer, lyricist and playwright, Jason Robert Brown. Sarah Redmond directed Songs for a New World - one of his best-loved works - at The Bridewell Theatre, London and, under the composer's direction, NYMT gave the West End premiere of 13 The Musical at The Apollo, Shaftesbury Avenue. The season was rounded off with a special concert given by Jason Robert Brown in aid of NYMT at The Apollo.
NYMT represents the very best in work with young people through musical theatre and, for over 35 years, has enabled 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."
Phone: 020 7802 0386
Number of members: 3500
Productions per year: 5
Performances per run: 7
Regular Venues: No venue listed
Membership required for auditioning?: yes
Membership required for participation?: yes
Does the society run a youth group?: yes
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National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT)Report Society
Founded in 1976 by Jeremy James Taylor, the NYMT exists to produce challenging music theatre work for young people of all backgrounds; to inspire them and to give them the opportunity to achieve their highest aspirations, realising their talent, imagination and creativity.
“The NYMT is the best youth music theatre in the world,” Andrew Lloyd Webber
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