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Details of the summer and autumn season by the National Youth Theatre (NYT) have been released including shows such as Victoria’s Knickers and Consensual.

The 2018 summer and autumn programme includes the sixth annual ‘REP’ season, featuring Victoria’s Knickers by Josh Azouz (Buggy Baby) directed by Ned Bennett (An Octoroon, Pomona, Buggy Baby, Yen). The play was developed as part of NYT’s 2017 summer Epic Stages course. 

Following its 2015 premiere, the REP will also stage Evan Placey’s Consensual, directed by Pia Furtado, exploring teenage testosterone, teacher-pupil relationships and the age of consent in the UK. 

Victoria’s Knickers and Consensual will both be staged at the West End’s Soho Theatre from 22nd October to 10th November following five seasons at the Ambassadors Theatre. 

What else will the season bring?

The REP Company will then perform a gender fluid version of Macbeth, at the Garrick Theatre abridged by Moira Buffini and directed by Natasha Nixon, running from 20th November to 7th December. 

In January 2019 the REP will present a fourth production, directed by the newly appointed 2018 Bryan Forbes Bursary director Meghan Doyle, with details yet to be announced.

This year, NYT is expanding nationwide with a series of new play commissions, free workshops and festival appearances. 

NYT has also commissioned four acclaimed playwrights to develop work which reflects the issues facing different areas of the country, including new comedy Imaan Imran, The Hole, Lost Boys New Town, and The Cure.

Still booking for summer 2018?

Having received its world premiere in 2016, followed by a run at The Yard in 2017, Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist will be performed at Edinburgh Festival from 14th to 26th August following its recent appearance at the Bradford Literature Festival. 

In London, the summer programme at the Criterion Theatre sees the Facebook generation put the social network on trial in F-Off a new part-devised/part-scripted play created by NYT’s artistic director Paul Roseby, writer Tatty Hennessy and the NYT Company. 

This will be followed by Function on 17th September, a new play about female liberation.

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Image credit: Helen Maybanks.