Richard Wilkinson


The National Youth Theatre Of Great Britain
The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain (NYT) discovers epic talent. NYT is a world-leading youth arts organisation. We were established in 1956 as the first youth theatre in the world and have nurtured the talent of hundreds of thousands of young people ever since. We are a company of firsts, continually breaking the mould and cementing our reputation as a pioneer in youth arts performance. We inspire, train, and showcase exceptional performers and theatre technicians aged 14 to 25 from Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Each year we reach out across the UK to discover diverse new talent. As experts in the creative youth market, we provide high quality training in both performance and technical theatre which sharpens the skills of young people and supports practical career development. We look to give young people the competitive edge in taking up further training or entering employment. We nurture and champion the best in emerging talent, commissioning brave and relevant new writing and providing creative pathways that enable young people to progress. We produce live performance supported by digital storytelling that reflects the times we live in. We are international in our outlook, showcasing young talent in stadiums worldwide and at iconic sites both at home and abroad. We deliver our vision by working with leading artists, industry professionals and like-minded partners, building and sustaining a network of strategic relationships that support and profile our work. We are as ambitious as the young people we serve.

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Donations to NYT in memory of Bryan Forbes

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Bryan Forbes was National Youth Theatre's President from 1983 to 2005 and was a giant among our supporters. After many valuable years as a trustee on the board, during which time he introduced the generous support of Sir Elton John, Bryan took up the mantle of President of the organisation in 1983. For over 20 years he wore this badge of honour with great pride, passion and commitment, earning it on a daily basis as he campaigned tirelessly for funds and profile for a company he loved so much.

NYT organised A Tribute to Bryan Forbes in October 2013.  We were delighted to raise £50,000 from family, friends and colleagues of Bryan. At the family's request we are using this money to offer opportunities to emerging young directors for five years. The first beneficiary was Alice Knight who received the first Bryan Forbes NYT REP Assistant Director Bursary in 2014. We are currently recruiting the second recipient to be part of the 2015 NYT REP Company and who will be mentored by Michael Attenborough.

We would be delighted if you would like to help us increase the money we have already raised so we can increase the opportunities we can offer. You can donate online here. If you would prefer to donate by cheque, please make it payable to "National Youth Theatre" and send to Richard Wilkinson, Head of Development, National Youth Theatre, 111 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0DT. If you have any questions, please contact Richard on 020 3696 7055.

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Recent donors

02.06.15 Brian, This is to celebrate that wonderful lady you spent most of your life with: I now know why there's a 'Raging Moon'. Despite your age, you've gone too soon.

01.05.15 Glad to be able to contribute again to Bryan's Fund. He was a wonderful man.

19.05.14 A scholar and a gentleman. I do so miss his witty e-mails they would always brighten up my day. It’s at times like this I wished I had his gift with words now the world is a sadder place.


21.11.13 In memory of a wonderful and talented man.

19.11.13 Thank you so much, Bryan, for your wisdom and for the sound advice you offered to so many aspiring, hopeful talents. And thank you, NYT, for being the encouraging and nurturing influence on so many young lives.

13.11.13 He was part of my young life as I loved his films - as an actor, he was always very good and gorgeously vulnerable! And then his books, and films as a director - so many gifts he gave to his profession.

01.11.13 Given with thanks for all his kind words and support.

31.10.13 All our love

29.10.13 We are great admirers of The National Youth Theatre, much encouraged by the charismatic leadership of Artistic Director, Paul Roseby. And, further enhanced by the recent beautiful Tribute to the late Bryan Forbes.


21.10.13 My Father knew Bryan for some 40 years & myself over 30. I have an exceptionally close relationship with my Father, similar to that treasured by Sarah & Emma. Bryan was the greatest man I knew outside of my own Family. We were both hugely fond of him. X

21.10.13 A wonderful project - totally befitting of a truly great man. Bryan's intellect, talent and love for his friends and family have been an inspiration to all of us who were fortunate to cross his path. Our memories are filled with laughter.

21.10.13 In memory of a great man and NYT supporter.


21.10.13 It was so brilliant to work with Bryan. A true knight and champion for actors. A first class human being.

21.10.13 Irreplaceable

20.10.13 Bryan was a 'Class Act'. A multitalented man with a huge heart, a passion for his work and his sheer brilliance with actors is a legacy that lives on. His love for his wonderful family was plain to see. Truly a gentleman.

18.10.13 NYT great cause and a worthy tribute to a great man

18.10.13 Bryan was an inspiration for young people and to me as a then young editor working on Ned's Girl his splendid biography of Edith Evans. This is such a worthy cause.

18.10.13 Great idea....Bryan would love this scheme, that's for sure. Well done to all concerned.

18.10.13 In memory of a legend and long time friend who is hugely missed.


17.10.13 We have such fond memories of Bryan--treasured forever x



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