The Shows 2020

NYMT's 2020 season features four full productions, including a new musical commissioned especially by NYMT and a residential workshop of a piece currently in development. 



Book & lyrics by Timothy Knapman
Music & lyrics by Stuart Matthew Price

Commissioned by NYMT in 2017, IMAGINARY is an exciting, funny and inspiring musical about the wonder of childhood, the power of the imagination and what it means to grow up.

Milo is Sam’s only friend and they spend all their time together, using only their imaginations to transform their world into a place of adventure and excitement. But as Sam’s first day at a new school approaches, his mother worries that Milo is holding her son back, stopping him from growing up. School turns out to be full of surprises – and secrets. With parts for all ages, IMAGINARY centres on an enduring friendship with other-worldly twists and turns that change lives forever.

Residential rehearsals at Tonbridge School - 8 to 16 August
(Musicians from 11 to 16 August only)

Two Pop-Up Performances to be confirmed:
Saturdays in September and October


Music & lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Sam and Bella Spewack 

Combining Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” with Porter’s music and lyrics, KISS ME, KATE is a play-within-a-play where each cast member’s on-stage life is complicated by what is happening offstage.

Musical numbers include Why Can’t You Behave, So In Love, Wunderbar, Tom, Dick or Harry, Were Thine That Special Face, From This Moment On, Too Darn Hot, Brush Up Your Shakespeare, I Hate Men, Always True to You (In My Fashion) and Another Op’nin’, Another Show. KISS ME, KATE is fun, melodious and sophisticated. KISS ME, KATE was originally produced in 1948 and has been considered one of Broadway’s treasures. It was revived in 1999 with a new score.

Residential rehearsals at Sevenoaks School - 20 July to 2 August
(Musicians from 27 July to 2 August only)

Technical rehearsals in London from 3 to 5 August
Performances in London from 5 to 8 August
Accommodation provided at Sevenoaks School and in London.


Commisioned by NYMT for 2020
Book & lyrics by Katie Lam
Music by Alex Parker

Winning submission for NYMT’s 2019 New Musical Workshop. Commissioned for 2020.

To Henrietta Janssen, things just don’t feel quite right. It’s more than the war - growing up in Amsterdam, by the spring of 1945, she’s used to that. It’s all the unanswered questions: why does her teacher tell her off whatever she does? Why is there never enough to eat? Why doesn’t she feel like she fits in, even with her own family? Why is the old lady on her way to school always so angry with her? And why is there a boy in her neighbour’s window, when they only have daughters?

Inspired by the true stories of love, sacrifice and bravery in the Netherlands over the Second World War, HENRIETTA is about a thirst for adventure, the need we all feel to establish our identity, and how ordinary people can be capable of extraordinary courage.

A new musical from writing team Katie Lam (book and lyrics) and Alex Parker (music). 

Residential rehearsals at Sevenoaks School - 27 July to 9 August
(Musicians from 3 to 9 August only)

Technical rehearsals in London from 10 to 12 August
Performances in London from 12 to 15 August
Accommodation provided at Sevenoaks School and in London.


Book by Terrence McNally
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

Written by the award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Once on This Island, Seussical and Lucky Stiff), noted playwright Terrence McNally, and based on E.L. Doctorow's distinguished novel, Ragtime is the winner of the 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book and Orchestrations, and both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score. Called by TIME Magazine "A triumph for the stage," and by the International Herald Tribune "the best musical in twenty years," this acclaimed musical is filled with pageantry, emotion and hope, bursting onto the stage like no other musical. At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing... and anything is possible. Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together – that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician – united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Together, they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair... and what it means to live in America.

Residential rehearsals at Sevenoaks - School 3 to 16 August
(Musicians from 10 to 16 August only)

Technical rehearsals in London from 17 to 19 August
Performances in London from 19 to 22 August
Accommodation provided at Sevenoaks School and in London.


Residential rehearsals at Sevenoaks School. 25-30 July 2020

Continuing our series of workshops of new musicals in development, we shall be inviting submissions from emerging writers with a view to taking their work forward to full production in 2021. A fully cast workshop of the selected piece will form part of our summer residency at Sevenoaks School.


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