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"To create and perform new music theatre works for performance by young people to the highest artistic standards."

National Youth Music Theatre LogoThis is the credo of the National Youth Music Theatre which, under the direction of Jeremy James Taylor, has become one of Britain's most prestigious performing groups. In its productions the NYMT continually breaks fresh ground, whilst giving young talent an avenue into the performing arts.

The company's exceptional standards are borne out by a long succession of awards at such festivals as the Edinburgh Festival, the Young Vic Summer Festival, London International Opera Festival and the Cambridge Festival. NYMT performances have taken place in Hong Kong and Norway, and in January 1988 an important association with Sadler's Wells Theatre and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden began with an acclaimed production of The Ragged Child at Sadler's Wells, followed by Les Petits Rats in 1989 and Whistle Down The Wind in 1993. The NYMT gave highly critically acclaimed performances of their latest work to be published by Josef Weinberger, Pendragon, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1994, and at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith in 1995.

NYMT shows are intended to be both educational and enjoyable to perform and offer participatory roles for non-performers with lighting and set creation.

The Ragged Child is particularly relevant to schools as it offers the opportunity to base a school project around the study of an important chapter of social history as well as exercising and developing musical and dramatic skills. Multi-disciplinary projects of this kind have been made more practical by the advent of the GCSE examination. A Study Guide written by Frank Whately, one of the authors of The Ragged Child, is available on sale from Josef Weinberger.

The majority of NYMT shows are available through Josef Weinberger. Further details can be found on this site as follows:

More information about the work and works of the National Youth Music Theatre can be found on their website www.nymt.org.uk