Curtains: The Future of the National Youth Theatre
August 16, 1981
| 30 minutes
Directed by: Dennis Marks
| Editing: Pip Heywood
Derek Jacobi, Helen Mirren, Martin Jarvis, playwrights Peter Terson and Barrie Keefe - all products of the National Youth theatre, a unique organisation, which every summer brings 600 Young amateurs to London to work on new productions and present them to West End audiences. Over the years it has introduced actors like David Hemmings and Simon Ward, encouraged young playwrights and won praise around the world. In two days' time, the NYT opens its 25th anniversary season. But last December it seemed that this, the biggest season ever, might be the last - the Arts Council canceled the Youth Theatre's grant. This programme examines the issues behind the cut, charts the company's struggle to survive and outlines its history with the help of Sir Ralph Richardson, Kate Adie, Martin Jarvis, Peter Terson and Helen Mirren.
Cast: Derek Jacobi, Helen Mirren, Martin Jarvis, Peter Terson, Barrie Keefe, David Hemmings, Sir Ralph Richardson, Kate Adiemartinjarvis, Kate Adie