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NYT Gala raises vital funds to support next generation of talent

Posted 15 Jul 2023 by Joe Duggan

NYT Gala raises vital funds to support next generation of talent

National Youth Theatre raised £350k to support young talent and widen access to arts last night at their Nostalgic Fantastic fundraising gala in association with EON Productions, TikTok and Netflix with support from Cath Kidston, Omega, Think Publishing, Champagne Bollinger and Soho House, with thanks to the David Pearlman Foundation and Stelio & Susie Stefanou.

The event was attended by National Youth Theatre Royal Patron HRH The Earl of Wessex, NYT Patrons Rosamund Pike and Hugh Bonneville and alumni Regé-Jean Page, Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù, Rob Rinder, Ben Miles, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Seraphina Beh, Lynette Linton, Daisy Lewis, Clive Mantle, who recently donated by £100,000 winnings from ITV's Beat the Chasers to the charity and Backstage Alumna and Creative Director of Cath Kidston Holly Marler. It was hosted by alumni Lauren Lyle and Rhys Stephenson and guests supporting the evening included Adrian Lester and Lolita Chakrabarti, NYT President Barbara Broccoli and NYT chair Dawn Airey. The evening concluded with a performance by M People’s Heather Small and a DJ set by Jazzie B. The live auction presided over by Lord Harry Dalmeny featured lots including tickets to Macbeth starring NYT alumnus Daniel Craig including a stay at Soho House New York, a trip to Lake Como and a lunch at a private dining room at Coutts.

A cabaret performance by current members of the National Youth Theatre was created by Tatty Hennessy and Joel Scott.

Creative Team, Cast and Crew

Event Producer
Clíodhna McCorley*

Immersive Director
Joel Scott

Cabaret Director
Tatty Hennessy

Production Manager
Jack Boissieux

Production Assistant
Hetty Hodgson

Stage Managers
Penny Foxley
Phoebe Jones*

Molly Fraser*

Musical Directors
Naomi Hammerton
Tristan Parkes*

Fight Director
Enric Ortuno

Movement Consultant
Sara Dos Santos

Wardrobe Manager
Ruth Keeling

Lighting Consultant
Rob Halliday*

Assistant Stage Managers

Harriet Norman*, Eliana Levi*, Costume & Design Assistants, Roxanne Spence*, Elion Budden*, Lulu Vernon*, Grace Ridley*

Technical Team

Harvey Baldson*, Ryan Dunnett*, Ed Frearson*, James Hart*, Lucy Port*, Saniya Saraf*, Rebekah Tunnell*


Patrick Ashe, Aneeza Selina Ahmed, Mei Alozie, Tomás Azocar-Nevin, Hebe Bartlett, Leo Corbitt, Kyle Casey, Ella Downey, Sophie Eaton, Rhianna Hosmer, Katie Hutchings, Tumba Katanda, Zac Looker, Gael Mfula, Chrissie McTaggart, Dorothy McDowell, Thomas Mikellides, Emma Morgan, Nicola Moore, Mollie Neal, Keya Nugent-Moore, Safia Oakley-Green, Grace Oddie-James, Lami Rosian Olopade, Michael Sookhan, Nadé Stoycheva, Prabjot Sandhu, Rosa Simonet, Vee Tames Monique Walker, Faye Weearsinghe

DJs - Rosie Evans-Hill, Flora Tiley, Ryan Yengo,
Alumni Singers - Tamsin Dowsett, Yiigaa Gao Lou
Member Singers - Kira Golightly, Simran Hunjun, Christian Neal,

Production -

Harry Butcher and Story Events
Rob Myer* & Light Fantastic,
Rob Halliday
NKN Productions,
Angels Costumes and Jonathan Lipman*,
TDC Cordless Lighting,
Jess Davies,
Chloe Elphick*,

*NYT Member or Alumni

National Youth Theatre is a pioneering youth arts charity which has nurtured the talent of hundreds of thousands of young creative people over the past 65 years. Since the 2020 lockdown the charity has supported over 20,000 young people, reached over 10million online audience members and engaged over 400 freelance artists. In 2021 the charity will tour major venues and iconic sites around the UK with young talent centre stage, launch a new inclusive practice collective bringing in-school drama to hundreds of disabled young people and employing 60 creative 18-24-year-olds on universal credit and open a transformed accessible Production House for Young People in north London. The charity’s alumni includes some of the world’s most celebrated acting talent and award-winning backstage talent working globally at leading theatres, stadiums and events. For more, see https://www.nyt.org.uk/

The charity’s alumni includes some of the world’s most celebrated theatrical and performing talent including Helen Mirren, Daniel Craig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Daniel Day Lewis, Andrea Riseborough, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby, Ed Sheeran, Colin Firth, Regé-Jean Page, Derek Jacobi, Zawe Ashton, Hugh Bonneville, Lennie James, Matt Lucas, David Harewood and Orlando Bloom. NYT’s Backstage alumni include award-winning talent working globally at leading theatres and stadiums and include fashion designer Gareth Pugh, Olympic Ceremony Technical Director Piers Shepperd, former Unicorn Theatre Artistic Director Purni Morell, lighting designer Howard Harrison and designer Rob Howell. It also includes cultural leaders Rob Hastie (Artistic Director Sheffield Theatres), Lynette Linton (Artistic Director Bush Theatre), Gbolahan Obisesan (Artistic Director Brixton House), Laurie Sansom (Artistic Director Northern Broadsides), Bryony Shanahan (Artistic Director Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester), Michelle Terry (Artistic Director Globe Theatre) and Matthew Warchus (Artistic Director Old Vic Theatre).