The Young Theatre started life on 12th January 1964 in North Harrow. The group was founded by Ian R Wallace and was, at that time, unique being a theatre group for young people, run by young people; the concept which remains central to the group's operations some 53 years later. On 31st May 1970, a second group was founded in Beaconsfield by Ian and Aviva Wiseman. Young Theatre (at Beaconsfield) quickly established a reputation for providing high-quality productions, a reputation it still enjoys today.
The Harrow group sadly closed in 1982. The Beaconsfield group continues to provide much-needed access to an affordable theatre with nearly 900 members having gone through its doors.
Young Theatre has produced over 100 productions in its 46-year history. Many were written specifically for the group by Ian R Wallace, Mark Britton, and Mike Wicherek.
The latter took three one act plays to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1983. The group has performed everything from musicals to Shakespeare and Pinter to Euripides. The group revived the Beaconsfield Family Pantomime in 2009 with Cinderella.
Young Theatre has enjoyed success in local one act play festivals, winning over 120 awards. In 2004 the production of Ball Boys won the All England Theatre Festival, taking all three trophies at the final. It went on to represent England in the British final, where Young Theatre became the first youth group to win. A staggering achievement.
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