MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG At Southwark Playhouse Leads NYMT Season Of Summer Musicals

Learn more about the full lineup here!

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This summer, National Youth Music Theatre will present three major musicals:

'Merrily We Roll Along'
at Southwark Playhouse (Elephant) in London,
Thursday 24 to Saturday 26 August.

'Kiss Me, Kate'
at the Curve, Leicester,
Wednesday 9 to Saturday 12 August.

and the world premiere of
'The Boy Who Sailed The Ocean in an Armchair'
at the Curve, Leicester,
Wednesday 16 to Saturday 19 August.

and 'NYMT in Concert: When I Grow Up'
at the Rose Theatre, Kingston
on Saturday 8 July.

'NYMT in Concert: When I Grow Up'
at Southwark Playhouse (Elephant) in London,
on Sunday 27 August.


Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth

Southwark Playhouse (Elephant)
Dante Place
80 Newington Butts
London SE11 4FL

Box office:

Thursday 24 to Saturday 26 August

Eves at 7.30pm
Friday & Saturday matinees at 2.30pm

Director Katherine Hare
Musical Director Leigh Thompson
Choreographer Julia Cave
Set & Costume Designer Libby Todd
Lighting Designer Aaron Dootson
Sound Designer Tom Marshall

Stephen Sondheim's semi-autobiographical musical turns back the clock on friendship and the high price of success.

Based on the 1934 play of the same name by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, the authors of the landmark 'Company' reunited to turn the traditional showbiz musical on its head in this thrilling and compelling Broadway fable about friendship, compromise and the high price of success.

Sondheim and George Furth expertly blend the excitement and energy of a backstage musical with a poignant and emotional contemporary story about the importance of staying true to one's ideals.

'Merrily We Roll Along' begins in the present and moves backwards, tracing the lives of wealthy, jaded composer, Franklin Shepard, and his two estranged friends through each milestone of their personal and professional lives (good and bad).

The show ends with a touch of rueful irony, as the three best friends at the start of their careers face a bright future: young, talented and enthusiastic about the worlds waiting to be conquered.

'Merrily We Roll Along' is a show that crackles with the wit, humour and intensity that embody the spirit of New York City.

With a brilliant "Broadway-style" score and that deep insight one expects from any Sondheim endeavor, 'Merrily We Roll Along' is a spirited and moving cautionary tale for anyone who has ever pursued a dream.

The production is supported by The Stephen Sondheim Society.

The other shows in the season are:


Music and Lyrics by Cole Poter
Book by Sam and Bella Spewack

Curve Studio
Rutland Street
Leicester LE1 1SB
Box office:

Wednesday 9 to Saturday 12 August
Eves at 7pm
Fri & Sat Mats at 2pm

Director Alex Sutton
Choreographer Adam Haigh
Musical Director Charlotte Corderoy
Addition Musical Arrangements John Cottell
Set & Costume Designer Richard Cooper
lighting designer Jamie Platt
Sound Designer Andy Johnson

The battle of the sexes takes centre stage as former spouses feud onstage and off during a musical presentation of 'The Taming of the Shrew'.

'Kiss Me, Kate' boasts a sparkling Cole Porter score and a brilliant book from Sam and Bella Spewack.

Egotistical leading man, director, and producer Fred Graham is reunited with his ex-wife, Lilli Vanessi, when the two are forced to play opposite one another in a new production of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. The battle of the sexes continues onstage and off, as it becomes clear that, as much as this couple profess to hate each other, they are also still in love. Alongside their bickering liaison, the show's supporting actress, Lois Lane, supports her gambling boyfriend, Bill, as he attempts to evade the the clutches of local gangsters. Throw in a number of cases of mistaken identity, the mob, and comedic
routines into the mix and you get Kiss Me, Kate - a dazzling Broadway classic that earned the very first Tony award for Best Musical.


World premiere

Written and composed by Jordan Li-Smith.
Based on the novel by Lara Williamson.

Curve Studio, Leicester
Rutland Street
Leicester LE1 1SB
Box office:

Wednesday 16 to Saturday 19 August

Eves at 7pm
Fri & Sat Mats at 2pm

Director Hannah Chissick
Choreographer Steve Kirkham
Musical Director Lewis Bell
Musical Supervisor & Orchestrator Ben Ferguson
Set & Costume Designer Richard Cooper
Lighting Designer - tbc
Sound Designer Andy Johnson

Adapted from Lara Williamson's hit novel, '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."

NYMT in Concert : When I Grow Up

Rose Theatre Kingston
FUSE Festival

Saturday 8 July at 7pm

Southwark Playhouse (Elephant)
Dante Place
80 Newington Butts
London SE11 4FL

Box office:
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Sunday 27 August at 4pm

NYMT IN CONCERT is a celebration of the
potential and creativity of youth.

Director James Robert Moore
Musical Director Matt Herbert
Choreographer Stacey McCarthy
Lighting Designer Luke Marino
Sound Designer Nick Hall
Following the success of last year's NYMT IN CONCERT, we proudly present a new showcase involving a large cast and orchestra to perform semi-staged musical theatre extracts on the theme of growing up.

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.


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