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Macbeth

Something wicked this way comes…

Shakespeare’s darkest tale of paranoia and ambition is given a unique twist in this electrifying adaptation directed by Ed Hughes. Set within an unstable Europe in the lead up to the First World War, our tragedy takes us behind enemy lines as a tormented Macbeth’s severe intentions lead to dire consequences. As empires rise and fall, this new take on a Shakespearean classic will echo present day divisions to thrilling effect.

Book tickets for the only West End showing of Macbeth this autumn.

Private Peaceful


A century on from the First World War, National Youth Theatre stage a stunning adaptation of Private Peaceful, based on the best-selling novel by Michael Morpurgo. Inspired by the many soldiers court-martialled and shot for cowardice during the Great War, this is Simon Reade’s rarely-performed ensemble version of the award-winning book. This compelling love story and touching account of the First World War is not to be missed.

Selfie

A radical retelling of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. ‘“The first duty in life is to be as artificial as possible. What the second duty is no one has as yet discovered.”

The National Youth Theatre presents an electrifying world premiere of Selfie, inspired by Oscar Wilde’s iconic tale of deception, youth, and vanity. In an age of self-obsession and advancing technology, everyone is capable of becoming an artist of his or her own life.

This new staging by the National Youth Theatre brings literature’s most conceited anti-hero back to contemporary theatrical life in decadent style. Dorian, plagued by self-doubt and vanity has to choose between artifice and reality in this scandalous tale which will be like nothing you’ve seen before.