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Local actor to feature in West End plays

The National Youth Theatre (NYT) has announced full casting for its 2019 season, and among the stars is young actor Julia Vass from Mill Hill.

Julia is set to star in three plays on major London stages this autumn, at both the Southwark Playhouse and in the West End at the Criterion Theatre. She will perform with the National Youth Theatre, the UK’s leading youth arts organisation, following in the footsteps of famous alumni including Daniel Craig, Matt Smith, Zawe Ashton, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Dame Helen Mirren.

The 2019 NYT season opens with the London premiere of Neil Bartlett’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations at Southwark Playhouse, from Friday, October, 18, to Thursday, November 28. Mumba Dodwell directs a bold new version of the classic tale through a fusion of music and ensemble storytelling. This NYT production puts young people at the forefront of a Dickensian world in a coming of age tale about aspiration, love and class.

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The REP season continues at Southwark Playhouse in a gothic double-bill featuring an artificial intelligence-inspired production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, adapted by Carl Miller and directed by Emily Gray, showing from Friday, October 25, to Saturday, November 30. With themes of science and technology running throughout, Frankenstein will also see all 250 audience members given virtual reality headsets during the performance to experience the world through the eyes of the Monster. The production features gender blind casting with the lead roles Victoria (Dr Frankenstein) and Shell (Frankenstein’s Monster) both to be played by women.

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A new adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will take place at the Criterion Theatre in December as the third and final production in the 2019 REP season. Shakespeare’s most popular comedy is inventively and playfully directed by former National Theatre New Works Resident Director Matt Harrison working in association with Kneehigh and abridged by Kate Kennedy and will transport audiences to a seaside amusement park. The production also features gender blind casting including a female Bottom and male Helena. Julia will play the lead role of Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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