Many congratulations to Harry Al-Adwani (SH LVI) who has been offered a place in the National Youth Music Theatre. He will be appearing in their production of The Hired Man, which is based on the novel by Melvyn Bragg, with music and lyrics by Howard Goodall. It will play in St James’ Theatre, London from 13th – 19th August.
This is a great achievement for Harry, who also gained a place with the National Youth Theatre in 2012. Competition for places in the National Youth Music Theatre is fierce; it is described by Andrew Lloyd Weber as “the best youth music theatre in the world” and boasts alumni including Jude Law, Tom Chambers, Amy Nuttall and Sheridan Smith – all of whom are now Patrons. Jude Law is quoted as saying “NYMT gave me a sense of discipline, a sense of improvement, a sense of responsibility, a sense of playing a part in a company”.
Harry recently won accolades for his inspired work as Director of the School House Play, ‘Our Day Out’ by Willy Russell (see the report by Housemaster Hugo Besterman: Our Day Out receives excellent feedback). Last term Harry gave a striking performance as Haemon in the Senior School Play ‘Antigone’ (see review by Richard Hudson – Senior School Play 2013). He has also had leading roles in a number of other plays during his years at Shrewsbury, including the School House adaptation of Adrian Mole last year and the Junior School Play ‘The Mignonette’ in 2011, his first year at Shrewsbury.