London's National Youth Theatre Announces New Season

News   London's National Youth Theatre Announces New Season Edward Wilson's final season as director of the National Youth Theatre will be marked by a high-profile stage adaptation of the classic British film "Kes," to be performed at the Lyric, Hammersmith. There will also be productions of Immaculate Conceit at the Lyric Studio and Murder in the Cathedral at both Westminster and Southwark cathedrals.

Kes will be performed at the Lyric from Aug. 22-Sept. 13 (official opening Aug. 26). The film (itself based on Barry Kines' novel) has been adapted for the stage by Lawrence Till and will be directed by John Hoggarth. The film, which made the career of director Ken Loach, is set in Yorkshire, where a boy, who seems destined for a life of drudgery in the coal mine, finds a young kestrel, Kes, whom he trains. Their relationship becomes symbolic of a doomed attempt to escape the drudgery of the industrial North.

Immaculate Conceit, adapted from Stella Duffy's novel, will run in the Lyric Studio from Aug. 27-Sept. 13 (official opening Aug. 28). Set in Soho, where the "beautiful people" are, the 18-strong cast present this exciting new play about the loves of various individuals all working or struggling to work in this sexy square mile of London.

The NYT will also be mounting a lavish production of T.S. Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral in both Westminster and Southwark Cathedrals. Murder In the Cathedral will run from Aug. 28-Sept. 5 in Southwark Cathedral (official opening Sept. 1) and on Sept. 11 and 12 in Westminster Cathedral. (Edward Wilson began his 16-year direction of the National Youth Theatre with a highly praised production of Murder in the Cathedral.)