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The National Youth Music Theatre Royal Charity Gala

in the presence of HRH, The Earl Of Wessex, KCVO

SUNDAY 9th OCT 7.30pm 2005 in aid of the NYMT

Piccadilly Theatre, London W1

This glittering Royal Charity Gala celebrates over 28 years of excellence from the NATIONAL YOUTH MUSIC THEATRE as well as looking towards the Company’s exciting future.

Taking part will be over 100 past and present NYMT members and supporters including Matt Lucas, Amy Nuttall, and Richard Stilgoe. Charlotte Bellamy, Sheridan Smith, (in BBC Love Soup) Hannah Spearitt, Rae Baker, David Oyelwolo and Tom Chambers are also scheduled to take part subject to availability. The evening is directed by Jeremy James Taylor with music directors John Pearson and Anthony Castro.

There will be extracts from the NYMT’s productions including ‘Pendragon’, ‘The Ragged Child’, ‘The Dreaming’, ‘The Kissing Dance’, Richard Taylor’s ‘Whistle Down The Wind’ and two new pieces commissioned especially for the Gala. There will also be extracts from ‘Oklahoma’, ‘Guys And Dolls’, ‘Chicago’. There will be a 30 piece Gala orchestra and an exciting live auction conducted by Matt Lucas as Marjorie Dawes from’ Little Britain’ with major prizes including Jude Law’s autographed coat from ‘Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ and Jamie Bell’s tap shoes that he wore in ‘Billy Elliot’.

The National Youth Music Theatre exists to give young people throughout the United Kingdom the opportunity to participate in all aspects of music theatre to the highest international standard, including the creation of new music theatre repertoire. The NYMT performs all over the UK and abroad and has won national and international recognition for the quality, originality and popularity of its work.

The NYMT started life in August 1976 in a tent pitched outside St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh where Jeremy James Taylor's production of a new ballad opera about Elizabethan child actors, written for a cast of 11-14 year olds, was appearing as part of the Festival Fringe. The Ballad of Salomon Pavey was an instant success, acclaimed not just as a "children's show" but as a show about young people with wide audience appeal. It won a coveted Fringe First Award, played at The Young Vic as part of the Queen's Silver Jubilee Celebrations the following year and was subsequently published and televised. In 1987 HRH The Earl of Wessex became the company's president and from 1993 - 1999 Andrew Lloyd Webber was its principal supporter. The NYMT is currently looking for new sponsorship.

Sun 9 Oct 7.30pm Box Office 8544 7439 (24 hours) no booking fee
or at Piccadilly Theatre,16 Denman Street W 1 Box Office: Mon to Sat 10.00am – 8.00pm
Stalls: £15.00 to £50.00 (standing £5) Royal Circle: £35.00 - £100 (standing £5)
Grand Circle: £10.00 - £35.00 Running Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Piccadilly tube: Bus 88,91,139,159,453

27 September 2005