PAST PRODUCTIONS

Main House Productions

2011 - PRESENT

Artistic Directors:
Mark Oldknow
Xye Appleton

•2019 SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS; WENDY AND PETER PAN; TERRA/EARTH •2018 JACK & THE BEANSTALK;  LORDS AND LADIES; MACBETH •2017 CINDERELLA;  NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR •2016 DICK WHITTINGTON; WHAT GREATER GLORY;  MASKERADE; ECLIPSE; DAISY PULLS IT OFF •2015 SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS; THE MERCHANT OF VENICE •2014 ALADDIN; PRONOUN; WINNIE-THE-POOH •2013 JACK & THE BEANSTALK; THE WITCHES •2012 JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH; SLEEPING BEAUTY •2011 THE CRUCIBLE ; THIRTEEN ; SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS

2001-2010

Artistic Directors:
Cindy Linley
Mark Oldknow

•2010 THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE ; ALADDIN •2009 MACBETH ; CINDERELLA •2008 OLIVER! ; CONFUSIONS •2007 CANTERBURY TALES ; ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD ; WYRD SISTERS •2006 WIND IN THE WILLOWS ; COMEDY TONIGHT •2005 THE WITCHES ; THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST •2004 40 YEARS OF YT: MISTER SCROOGE ; ALICE •2003 THE WIZ •2002 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM ; BILLY LIAR ; ONCE A CATHOLIC •2001 DAISY PULLS IT OFF

1991-2000

Artistic Directors:
Mark Britton
Helen Sharman
Ally Hill

•2000 MASKERADE ; MERCHANT OF VENICE •1999 BUGSY MALONE •1998 DAZZLE ; THE LION, THE LION, THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE ; CARD-PLAY •1997 THE PHOENICIAN WOMEN ; MORT •1996 ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS ; A WINTER'S TALE ; THE OWL & THE PUSSYCAT WENT TO SEE..... •1995 THE STORY OF SNOW WHITE ; THE CRUCIBLE ; OUR DAY OUT •1994 TALE OF TWO CITIES ; THE BEEPLE •1993 WINNIE THE POOH ; ANTIGONE ; CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY ; BLACK COMEDY •1992 THE DESERTED HOUSE ; BLITHE SPIRIT •1991 THE GREAT CROSS COUNTRY RACE ; THE SWEENY TODD SHOCK 'n ROLL SHOW

1981-1990

Artistic Director:
Mark Britton

•1990 THE TINDER BOX •1989 THE DRACULA SPECTACULA ; THE LAST OF THE WIZARDS •1988 UNITED WE STAND ; THE EVIL EYE OF GONDOR ; TOM & VIV •1987 THE SNOW-QUEEN •1986 TOAD OF TOAD HALL ; AND A LITTLE LOVE BESIDES •1985 THE OWL & THE PUSSYCAT WENT TO SEE ; THE WIZ •1984 THE PIED PIPER ; LOOK BACK IN ANGER; Edinburgh Festival •1983 THE GREAT CROSS-COUNTRY RACE ; THE RAT TRAP ; HERE WE GO ; BILLY LIAR •1982 LE BAL DE MANNEQUINS •1981 SMIKE ; THE DESERTED HOUSE ; South Coast Tour

1971-1980

Artistic Director:
Ian R Wallace

•1980 THE STORY OF SNOW-WHITE •1979 HUMBUG •1978 THE DRAGON •1977 TOAD OF TOAD HALL ; THEY CAME TO A CITY ; THE OTHER CHILDREN •1976 PILGRIM '76 •1975 THE BEEPLE •1974 OUR TOWN •1973 ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS ; THE DESERTED HOUSE •1972 THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE •1971 THE SEA-KING'S DAUGHTER

 

Festival Plays

Since first entering the festivals in 1974 The Young Theatre has entered 72 festivals garnering a staggering 140 awards. The group, apart from winning the All British Theatre Festival, has won 6 festivals outright against adult and youth groups. We have taken 44 individual acting prizes and won awards for stage presentation and original work. It is arecord which YT is rightly proud of.

2011-2020

  • 2020 AROUND THE WORLD WITH CLASS 6

  • 2019 BOTTOM'S DREAM 

  • 2018 JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH (Maidenhead Festival 4 awards, Kenton Festival 3 awards)

  • 2017 THE CAGEBIRDS (Maidenhead Festival 1 award) RAINBOW's ENDING (3 awards)

  • 2016 SHADOW OF THE GIANTS; (Maidenhead Festival 1 award, Kenton Festival 2 awards) HOME FREE! (Maidenhead Festival 2 awards, Kenton Festival 1, AETF Semi-Final) HELEN (Maidenhead Festival 1 award, Kenton Festival 3 awards)

  • 2015 AROUND THE WORLD WITH CLASS 6 (Maidenhead Festival 2 awards, Kenton Festival 2 awards) NINE (Maidenhead Festival 3 awards, Kenton Festival 3 awards)

  • 2014 DOMBY DOM

  • 2013  CHATROOM ; NO PICNIC (Kenton Festival 2 awards)

  • 2012 OUBLIETTE ; THE BETTER HALF (Maidenhead Festival 3 awards, Kenton Festival 5 awards)

  • 2011 DOMBY DOM

2001-2010

  • 2010 CAGEBIRDS ; ONE FOR THE ROAD (Maidenhead Festival 1 award, Kenton Festival 4 awards)

  • 2009 THE WOMEN OF TROY (Maidenhead Festival 1 award, Kenton Festival 1 award)

  • 2008 AFTER MIDNIGHT, BEFORE DAWN ; THE DEVIL YOU KNOW (Kenton Festival 4 awards)

  • 2007 THE MYSTERIES: THE PASSION ; AROUND THE WORLD WITH CLASS 6 (Maidenhead Festival 2 awards, Kenton Festival 3 awards)

  • 2006 POWER GAMES (Maidenhead Festival 2 awards, Kenton Festival 2 awards, Chalfont Festival 3 awards)

  • 2005 US AND THEM (Kenton Festival 1 award)

  • 2004 LAUNDRY GIRLS ; BALL BOYS (Maidenhead Festival 5 awards, Kenton Festival 3 awards, AETF Eastern Area Final Winner, AETF English Final 3 awards, All British Theatre Festival Winner)

  • 2002 OEDICLES KING OF THEBES ; CONVERSATIONS WITH A GOLLIWOG (Kenton Festival 1 award, Chalfont Festival 1 award)

  • 2001 CAGEBIRDS ; RITUAL FOR DOLLS (Kenton Festival 1 award, Chalfont Festival 4 awards including qualifying for the AETF Eastern Area Final)

1970-2000

Full details on previous festivals (some 30 plays winning 67 awards) can be found at www.youngtheatre.co.uk/archive/fest.htm

 

The Burnham Trophy

The Burnham Trophy is a competition for original short plays based on a theme. Since its first production in 1986 the trophy has created some exceptional plays, some of which went on to win at the local festivals.


The rules are very simple. Split the membership into two or more groups. Improvise and create a script. Take that script and, with a limited budget, stage it. There are a minimum of two performances which are adjudicated and marked. The play with the most points receives 1 point, the second 2 etc. At each performance the audience is invited to vote for their favourite. Again the highest placed play receives 1 point etc. The winner is the group who get the fewest points.


In recent years extra awards have been made for Best Stage Presentation, Best Script, Best Director, Best Performance in a Leading Role, and Best Performance in a Supporting Role.


Each group must do everything to create their play. Design the set, lighting, costumes, and sound - and build, make, hire and operate them. They must write their programme pages and sell an allocated number of tickets. They are given a small budget and can raise additional money through fund raising and/or programme advertising.


It is little wonder that it is one of the most popular shows of the season. And not just for the groups - audiences love it.

PAST THEMES AND WINNERS

2019: SHAKESPEARE REDUX

2017: #FUTURE IMPERFECT: The Children of Spero

2015: THE HOME FRONT: Pancake Day

2012:  AMBITION!: Pinnacle

2010:  DECADES: By Hook or by Crook

2009:  SEVEN DEADLY SINS: It‘s All in Your Head

2005:  ISOLATION: Commeducation

2001:  REFLECTIONS: Pre-Nuptial Disasters

1999:  DESTINY: Des Tiny's Story

1997:  THE CHAOS THEORY: Sunshine Square: Episode Five: A Death Wish

1994:  A MOMENT OF TRUTH: Death of an Angel

1991:  ECHOES: Intrusions

1989:  SHADOWS: A Circle of Seasons

1988:  IMAGES: Cupid Strikes Twice


Prior to donation of The Burnham Trophy


1987:  TIME: The Return of Captain Silas Seedy

1986:  VOICES: Stereotypes

 

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