National Youth Theatre whips up a Tempest at Royal & Derngate

The Tempest (in Rehearsal). Images The Other Richard.
The Tempest (In Rehearsal). Images Richard Davenport.

Shakespeare’s final masterpiece, The Tempest, is being brought to life by a talented young cast from the National Youth Theatre in a vibrant new adaptation being staged by Northampton’s Royal & Derngate Theatre later this month.

The Tempest, which takes to the Royal stage from June 23, is a Made in Northampton co-production with the NYT.

Set on a remote island of villains, lovers, fools and outcasts, The Tempest is a tale of enlightenment and forgiveness.

Conjuring up a supernatural world of sorcery, savagery, shipwrecks and chivalry, Shakespeare’s late play is The Bard at his most mystical and audacious.

The Tempest rehearsal photo 217 photo by Richard Davenport

Shakespeare’s magical story of growing up and growing old is being performed by the next generation of talent – an 18-strong ensemble of 18 to 25-year-olds that brings together the most promising young actors from across the UK.

This thrilling new version, to be directed by Caroline Steinbeis, comes from Rebecca Lenkiewicz who wrote the Oscar and BAFTA-winning film Ida and the play, Her Naked Skin, for the National Theatre.

The production is a unique collaboration between Royal & Derngate and the NYT which, this year, celebrates its 60th anniversary. The NYT’s renowned alumni rank among Britain’s greatest actors including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Helen Mirren, Daniel Day Lewis and Matt Smith.

Cast: Sophie Dyke, Sophie Guiver, Lee Hancock, David Johns, Mischa Jones, Joe Law, Jay Mailer, Beth Markey, Connor McCreedy, Chanel Williams, Gabriel Akamo, Joe Bence, Edi Cardoso, Josie Charles, Charlie Clee, Sophie Darby, Zoe Davey and Elliott Davis.

The Tempest runs at Royal & Derngate from June 23-July 2.

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