Despite these uncertain times, we have some wonderful plans in store for our 2021 season, which will feature three full productions, including a new musical, originally commissioned by NYMT for 2020 and a large-scale, inclusive production of one of Disney’s most epic musicals. We shall also be casting a residential workshop of a brand-new musical in development.
In order to mitigate against the uncertainties of current circumstances, auditions will initially be by self-tape submission and our residential rehearsals and productions will be held in the summer only.
N.B. DATES SHOWN MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Peter Parnell
Directed by Alex Sutton
NYMT is proud to present this inclusive production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame
through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
The story begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris. Quasimodo, the bell-ringer who longs to be "Out There," observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though – the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.
Residential rehearsals: 24 July to 6 August
Musicians and Stage Choir from 31 July to 6 August only
Production week: 9 to 14 August in Manchester
Performances: Wed 11 to Sat 14 August – Manchester
Originally commissioned by NYMT for 2020
Book & lyrics by Katie Lam
Music by Alex Parker
Directed by Kate Golledge
Winning submission for NYMT’s 2019 New Musical Workshop.
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: 31 July to 13 August
Musicians from 7 to 13 August only
Production week: 16 to 21 August
Performances: Wed 18 to Sat 21 August - London
BILLY THE KID
Commissioned and originally produced by NYMT 2017
Music by Ben Frost
Words by Richard Hough
Director James Robert Moore
William Antrim is small for his age; he’s quiet and shy, which makes him an easy target for lazy bullies. But in his dreams, William Antrim is Billy the Kid, a courageous cowboy, riding the range with the sun in his eyes. An all-American hero. Now, if only his dreams could become a reality…
Billy the Kid is an adventure story, a magical, musical comedy set in a colourful world of cowboys and bandits, cactus trees and caballeros. Saddle-up for a journey back in time, to a land where the bravest heroes are only a whip-crack away! This is a show for all the family, smart enough for the most demanding young audience and silly enough for the grumpiest grown-ups.
Residential rehearsals: 7 to 20 August
Musicians from 14 to 20 August only
Production week: 23 to 28 August
Performances: Wed 25 to Sat 28 August – London
A KISS FOR CINDERELLA
WORKSHOP OF A NEW MUSICAL IN DEVELOPMENT
Winning submission for NYMT’s 2020 New Musical Workshop
Music by Jack Trzcinski
Book and lyrics by Annabel Mutale Reed
Continuing our series of workshops of new musicals in development, this fully-cast workshop will form part of our summer residential programme. A Kiss for Cinderella, an adaptation of J. M. Barrie's 1916 play of the same name, follows Jane, a young girl from across the sea, and the refugee children she takes care of - Flo, Blue and Krista - in 1940s London during the Blitz. These girls have each brought their own version of the tale of Cinderella with them, and are determined that Jane is the Cinderella the stories all tell about.
Residential rehearsals: 24 to 29 July
In light of current circumstances, NYMT is closely monitoring developments and planning accordingly, following government and Public Health England advice. We have put in place alternative plans for auditions and it is our intention to further mitigate against risk by postponing all residential activity to the summer months. All necessary precautions will be taken to ensure that our activities are as safe as possible, and participants may be required to complete an online health declaration. Please note that some dates and venues may be subject to change in line with government guidance and venue policy updates. In the event that government measures force us to cancel an activity, a full refund will be actioned. If, howewer, you have to cancel your booking or withdraw from a project for any reason, please be aware that any fees already paid are non-refundable as per our Terms & Conditions. Cancellations as a result of COVID-19 measures will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.