Paul Roseby, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain (NYT) has today announced the initial line up of alumni who will join current members on stage in London’s West End on 18th September for the company’s Diamond Anniversary Gala. Taking to the stage at the Shaftesbury Theatre in celebration of the company’s 60th birthday will be former members including: Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Daisy Lewis (Downton Abbey), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Twenty Twelve, W1A), Timothy Dalton (James Bond), Jessica Hynes (Twenty Twelve, W1A) and Gina McKee (Our Friends in the North). More names are still to be announced.
Directed by Paul Roseby, the gala – ‘The Story of our Youth’ – is set to be one of the biggest casts in the West End with renowned alumni appearing alongside a cast of 97 of Britain’s best young talent and other former members. The one-off show will take a playful look back at the last 60 years of British youth culture, with NYT at its heart. The performance will race through the decades with scenes from the NYT archive, choreographed numbers, new alumni sketches and some extra surprise appearances from famous faces around the world throughout the night.
The Story of our Youth, which will showcase the best of current British talent, will also be a unique opportunity to see some of Britain’s best loved actors share a stage. From Daisy Lewis and Hugh Bonneville treading the boards together for the first time since ITV’s Downton Abbey, a once in a lifetime opportunity to see James Bond and Doctor Who in the same building, to brand new material from Ian Fletcher and Siobhan Sharpe, stars of BBC comedies Twenty Twelve and W1A.