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 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.


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ENCORE - 40 YEARS OF NYMT - Adelphi Theatre - Sunday 30 October 2016

We are thrilled to present an all-star concert to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the National Youth Music Theatre. The concert features special guest appearances from alumni and friends, including* Lily James, Matt Lucas, Gina Beck, Jason Robert Brown, Lara Pulver, Ben Barnes, Simon Thomas, Gavin Spokes, Amy Nuttall, Michael Jibson, Stuart Matthew Price, Jasper Britton and Toby Jones.

Enjoy exhilarating performances celebrating the last 40 years of NYMT, and some previews of what is to come. 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.


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Please help us raise funds for the BRASS Cast Trip to The Somme Battlefield

The cast of the 2016 production of BRASS (and some of the show's original cast) are going to France!

We are fundraising for the trip, and still need to raise £1,400. If you have a few pounds which you might be able to donate, we would be hugely grateful.  If you can afford as much as £50, your name will be displayed on a special film the young people will be putting together when they’re out in France.  please click here to donate online today.



New workshops for the February Half-Term

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EASTER COURSE 28 March to 2 April 2016

We are proud to announce our Easter residential course at Tonbridge School.


Auditions 2016


In the summer of 2016 the NYMT will stage four major productions and a gala celebration of our 40th Anniversary in the West End. Take your place in 40 years of musical theatre history by auditioning for the award-winning National Youth Music Theatre.



PRODIGY - Original Cast Recording Fund - NYMT


Help us to raise funds for a professional, studio produced recording of PRODIGY by Jake Brunger & Pippa Cleary. 

National Youth Music Theatre needs you! Following the huge success of this year’s NYMT commission PRODIGY at the St James Theatre in London, we’re now fundraising...



The World Premiere Cast Recording of BRASS

Book, music and lyrics by BENJAMIN TILL

NYMT commissioned BRASS to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War. The story follows a group of Leeds residents from the start of the war until the battle of the Somme in 1916. It is an epic musical about love and survival.

BRASS won the UK Theatre Award for Best Musical Production in 2014

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Our youngest members, costumed as Beatrix Potter’s mice, performed songs of welcome accompanied by a merry band of musicians as guests arrived at the palace for a Circus Ball. Inside, some of our more experienced members performed a medley of songs in the Queen’s Gallery.


Our congratulations go to Eddie Redmayne (NYMT 1999) who becomes the first NYMT alumnus to win an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Film for his exceptional portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.


Our highly acclaimed residential summer course takes place in the glorious surroundings of Sevenoaks School with its award-winning performing arts complex, The Space. 




NYMT Patron, Sheridan Smith attended a reception for our President, HRH The Earl of Wessex's charities at Buckingham Palace. Sheridan, recently awarded the OBE, was introduced to HM The Queen.


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.


Ever wondered what an NYMT audition is like? Follow Gloria Obianyo’s NYMT journey from auditions to the stage of the St James Theatre and our recent production of The Hired Man. This inspiring film was made for the 1000 Londoners series by Chocolate Films.


BRASS - The Musical Machine

The musical machine gives a unique view into the behind the scenes workings of a musical. This short film covers the concluding scenes of the award winning musical "Brass" in the Leeds City Varieties Music Hall with front of house and backstage video and audio from the technical communications ring.

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.

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BRASS - Original Cast Recording


Help us to raise funds for a professional, studio produced recording of BRASS, winner of the UK Theatre Award for Best Musical Production





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.

The full list of winners can be seen here >>


NYMT 2014

Follow the link to read our New Year newsletter and find out what's in store for 2014.



We are delighted to announce the appointment of six Youth Ambassadors drawn from the ranks of the recent NYMT company.

Lauren Ellington, Lizzie Jay, Tim Mahendran, Freddie Tapner, Stephanie Childress and Zak Eastop tell us what NYMT means to them


West Side Story captured in Time Lapse


Enjoy a glimpse into the magical world of mounting NYMT's epic production of WEST SIDE STORY in Victoria Warehouse, Manchester

13 The Musical

Original West End Cast Recording

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NYMT collaborated with the Tony-Award winning American musical theatre composer, lyricist and playwright, JASON ROBERT BROWN to give the West End première of “13 The Musical” at The Apollo, Shaftesbury Avenue.

With an unforgettable rock score, “13 The Musical” is a hilarious, high-energy musical for all ages about discovering that cool is where you find it, and sometimes where you least expect it!


NYMT Renunion


On Sunday 9 September we welcomed over 300 NYMT Alumni to a reunion party in the David Lean Room at BAFTA. It was a tremendous occasion, including performances by our current company of extracts from THE DREAMING, SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD and 13. Special thanks go to Mike Jibson and Chiké Okonkwo for organising the event. They promise that the next one will be even bigger!


NYMT In Concert With Matt Lucas & Friends April 22 Mail Online

Jude Law and Jason Robert Brown launch National Youth Music Theatre season The Stage

Giving something back: Jude Law teams up with the best of British talent to raise money for National Youth Music Theatre Mail Online

NYMT alumni lend vocal support to Jude Law at bursary launch

If only they sang together Evening Standard

Jude Law and Eddie Redmayne sing for their supper! Instyle Magazine

NYMT In Concert with Matt Lucas & Friends The Evening Standard



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