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This Week at NYT | Celebrating 50 years of Zigger Zagger & Alumni News

Posted 29 Jul 2023 by Joe Duggan

From the opening night of Zigger Zagger, to BBC appearances, it’s been yet another full on week at NYT

Zigger Zagger

Our 50th Anniversary production of Zigger Zagger opened on Wednesday night at Wilton’s Music Hall. Zigger Zagger by Peter Terson was NYT’s first ever commission, and was hugely successful when it premiered in 1967 – leading it to be televised on the BBC.

Our rowdy ensemble take to the stage for the last time on Saturday night, so don’t miss your chance to catch this NYT classic on stage once more. Need more convincing? Take a look at these glowing reviews:

The Upcoming - ★★★★
"Juliet Knight masterfully directs" this "energetic play"

Time Out (Tastemaker User Review) - ★★★★★
"excellent performances"

Sardines Magazine
“a mature, intelligent and impressive performance”

Review Donkey
“boisterous and entertaining”

Celebrate NYT – Get an Advert!

To celebrate Zigger Zagger’s 50th Birthday, we’re offering a celebratory deal on adverts for our brand new NYT Magazine, Scene!

Take a look at our rate card here.

You’ll receive 20% off your ad if you quote ‘Zagger’ when placing your order by midday on Monday 11th September. To book your advert please contact our Development Officer Clíodhna at cliodhna.mccorley@nyt.org.uk.

REP Company

It’s been a busy week for our REP Company, with final rehearsals underway for both Frantic Assembly’s Othello and Evan Placey’s all new Jekyll and Hyde.

On Sunday members of our REP Company appeared on BBC’s Sunday Morning Live to talk about the issue of Whitewashing in film and theatre, following the news that actor Ed Skrein pulled out of a role in Hellboy after whitewashing criticism. Jump to 15.15 to catch a glimpse of the NYT REP Company rehearsing Frantic Assembly's Othello and hear them talk #WhiteWashing

2017 REP Member, and the lead in Frantic Assembly’s Othello, Mohammed Mansaray also appeared in the Times Educational Supplement this week, sharing his experiences and thoughts on how Shakespeare can be more engaging and exciting for young people:

Classic Car Boot Sale

Hemingway’s Classic Car Boot Sale is back, and once again a troop of NYT performers will be taking to the streets to perform throughout the weekend. Catch our young members, directed by Anna Spearpoint, strutting their stuff at King’s Cross, on the 9th and 10th September.


Rikki Beadle-Blair has been working with a group of NYT members on an R&D project looking at LGBT history all this week at Holloway Road. It’ll all culminate on Friday next week in a final performance. For more information email info@nyt.org.uk.

Love’s epic legacy of LGBT diversity.
As long as we have been human we have been diverse. Timeless is an exploration of LGBT identities throughout recorded history, excavating and examining the clues and characters that still live and breathe within the legacies of drama, music and literature and art.

Member & Alumni News

Last week David Mumeni launched Open Door, a new charity committed to providing support, training and free auditions to young people applying to drama school, who otherwise would not be able to. Applications are now open for this year, visit https://www.opendoor.org.uk/ to find out more!

Congratulations to NYT Member Seraphina Beh who won Best Emerging Actress 2017 at the IARA Awards this week. Seraphina is now off to Manchester to start work on Parliament Square, opening at the Royal Exchange in October, before a transfer to Bush Theatre.

Also shortlisted were Roy Alexander Weise, for Best Theatre Director, and NYT Vintage Member Stefanie Martini for Best Actress, for Prime Suspect 1937. Roy is currently directing the NYT REP Company’s bold new take on Jekyll and Hyde.

Series 2 of Cold Feet starts today, featuring Daisy Edgar-Jones who most recently appeared at The Yard Theatre in The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

Talking of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, director Prasanna Puwanarajah appeared in the first episode of the new series of Doctor Foster this week.

NYT Alumna Jade Anouka appeared in the Evening Standard Magazine this week in an article showcasing a new generation of rising acting stars!

And finally NYT Vintage Members Rachael Stirling and Susan Wokoma are in a new James Graham play in the West End, Labour of Love. James wrote Tory Boyz and Relish for NYT.