The Shows 2022

We have three wonderful productions in store for you this summer. As Associate Artists at Curve, Leicester, we return there with an exciting new production of CHESS by Benny Andersson, Tim Rice and Björn Ulvaeus, whilst our London productions feature the winning submission of our new writing competition, A KISS FOR CINDERELLA by Annabel Mutale Reed and Jack Trzcinski, and RAGTIME by Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. 

In addition, we shall we workshopping a new musical in development and launching an exciting new project, the NYMT SHOWCASE CONCERTS.


By Benny Andersson, Tim Rice and Björn Ulvaeus

At the height of the Cold War, two chess masters meet in Bangkok to battle for the world championship, but their greatest contest is for the love of one woman.

Curve, Leicester
Wednesday 10 - Saturday 13 August 
Performance Times tbc - 7.00pm
Matinees (Fri & Sat) at 2.00pm


Written in 1984 by ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and Tim Rice, 
Chess tells a story of love and political intrigue, set against the background of the Cold War in the late 1970s/early 1980s, in which superpowers attempt to manipulate an international chess championship for political ends.

Two of the world’s greatest chess masters, one American, one Russian, are in danger of becoming the pawns of their governments as their battle for the world title gets under way. Simultaneously their lives are thrown into further confusion by a Hungarian refugee, a remarkable woman who becomes the centre of their emotional triangle.

This mirrors the heightened passions of the political struggles that threaten to destroy lives and loves. Includes the international hit singles ‘I Know Him So Well’ and ‘One Night In Bangkok’.Other well-known songs from the score include ‘Anthem’, ‘Heaven Help my Heart’ and ‘Pity The Child’.


Winning submission for NYMT’s 2020 New Writing Competition


Music by Jack Trzcinski

Book and lyrics by Annabel Mutale Reed

The MCT at Alleyn's, Dulwich
Thursday 18 - Saturday 20 August 
Performance Times 7.00pm 
Matinees (Fri & Sat) at 2.00pm


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.


Book by Terrence Mcnally, Music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens


This sweeping musical portrait of early-twentieth-century America tells the story of three families in the pursuit of the American Dream.

The MCT at Alleyn's, Dulwich

Thursday 25 - Saturday 27 August 
Performance Times 7.00pm  
Matinees (Fri & Sat) at 2.00pm



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.

The Tony-winning score is just as diverse as the melting pot of America itself, drawing upon many musical styles, from the ragtime rhythms of Harlem and Tin Pan Alley to the klezmer of the Lower East Side, from bold brass band marches to delicate waltzes, from up-tempo banjo tunes to period parlor songs and expansive anthems. A truly unique and powerful portrait of America, Ragtime is sure to inspire actors and audiences alike!



A residential workshop of a new musical in development.

Continuing our series of workshops of new musicals in development, this fully-cast workshop will form part of our summer residential programme. Selected from a huge number of submissions, the musical is an adaptation by NYMT alumnus and writer/composer, Jordan Li-Smith, of the children's book, The Boy who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair by Lara Williamson.


The show has been in early development since 2020, and received an initial workshop directed by Kate Golledge at the University of Chichester, with movement & choreography by Chris Whittaker and music direction by Ben Ferguson.


The Boy who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair tells the story of Becket, whose life is turned upside down when he, his brother and his Dad are running away from home in the middle of the night, leaving behind their almost-mum Pearl without saying goodbye. Whilst coming to terms with the fact that his real mum died before he had a chance to say goodbye to her too, he arms himself with an armchair of stories and one thousand paper cranes, determined to bring his family back together again.


The musical marks Jordan Li-Smith’s debut as a writer and composer.


Lara Williamson says, “As a huge fan of musical theatre, it is a dream come true to see my novel adapted for the stage by Jordan Li-Smith. Jordan has not only delivered the humour, heartbreak and hope in abundance but he has brought the characters to life in the most exciting, thought-provoking and creative way. It really is a privilege to be part of something so special and I cannot wait for audiences to climb aboard the armchair and experience this moving musical journey.”


Jordan Li-Smith says, “I am thrilled and honoured to be adapting Lara Williamson’s beautiful novel. I’m incredibly lucky (and spoilt) to have such loveable, strong characters and an emotional story which I deeply resonate with. The novel sang to me when I read it; I could hear my unfinished songs and I could see them come to life in my head. I can’t wait for audiences to experience Becket’s magical world. I am very grateful to the NYMT for supporting the piece and producing the upcoming workshop.”


An exciting new project involving a large cast and orchestra to perform semi-staged musical theatre extracts. 

Rose Theatre, Kingston
Saturday 9 July 2022 at 7pm


Featuring a large cast and orchestra of young people, NYMT IN CONCERT showcases outstanding UK youth talent in vibrant, staged performances of extracts from dozens of musical theatre productions, including many from NYMT's own catalogue of recent commissions and premières.

Founded in 1976 and dubbed “the best youth music theatre in the world” by Andrew Lloyd Webber, National Youth Music Theatre represents the very best in work with young people through musical theatre. NYMT IN CONCERT is a celebration of the potential and creativity of youth.




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