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National Youth Theatre announces its 2017 season

The Host will be performed as part of NYT's 2017 season. Photo: Helen Maybanks
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The National Youth Theatre has announced its 2017 season, which includes a partnership with Frantic Assembly and a restaging of its first ever commission Zigger Zagger.

Four plays, including a new commission about a Syrian refugee called The Host, will be staged in an ‘east end’ season at the Yard Theatre and Wilton’s Music Hall in London.

The youth theatre will have its fifth season in the West End, which will involve a company of 18 to 25-year-olds performing a female-led Jekyll and Hyde and Frantic Assembly’s Othello.

NYT has also announced that James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has been made the new president of the company, succeeding Waheed Alli.

The season begins on April 4 with reading of 50 plays in one day across the UK, including James Graham’s political drama Tory Boyz at the Houses of Parliament and Al Smith’s The Astronaut Wives Club at the National Space Centre in Leicester.

Many of the plays are being streamed via NYT’s social media channels, as the youth theatre celebrates 50 years of commissioning new writing for young people.

The company’s east end season includes a stage adaptation of Mohsin Hamid’s novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and Jessica Swale’s play Blue Stockings, which is about the pioneers of female education in the UK.

Zigger Zagger, a play about football hooliganism which was the youth theatre’s first commission, will be restaged for its 50th anniversary at Wilton’s Music Hall from September 6 to 9.

Other highlights from NYT’s season include Three, a new play by Sophie Ellerby, which will be performed at the Arcola Theatre from July 20 to 22.

Paul Roseby, artistic director and chief executive of NYT said: “In 2017 we celebrate our growing diverse cohort by marking 50 years of new writing.

“I’m also a champion of the need for theatre to have greater parity with sport in education so it’s timely that we bring the passion for the beautiful game and passion for theatre together once more in restaging Zigger Zagger.”

The season at a glance:

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

Directed by Prasanna Puwanarajah
August 8 to 12
The Yard Theatre

Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale

Directed by Alice Knight
August 14 to 19
The Yard Theatre

The Host by Nessah Muthy

Directed by Zoe Lafferty
August 22 to 26
The Yard Theatre

Three By Sophie Ellerby

Directed by Anna Niland
July 20 to 22
Arcola Theatre

Zigger Zagger by Peter Terson

Directed by Juliet Knight
September 6 to 9, press night September 7
Wilton’s Music Hall

Jekyll and Hyde by Evan Placey, based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Directed by Roy Alexander Weise
September 26 to December 6, press nights October 10 and 11
Ambassadors Theatre

Othello by William Shakespeare
adapted by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly

Directed by Simon Pittman
September 26 to December 8, press night October 10 and 11
Ambassadors Theatre

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