Gogol's the Portrait

Mon 8th – Sat 13th Aug 2011


“Gogol’s 1835 short story is a morality tale in two parts. ”





Newbury Youth Theatre


Go Go Gogol

Independent Critic’s Choice 2010

“The original text is given a powerful new energy, with perfect comic timing… this show lacks nothing” BroadwayBaby ***** (5 stars) 2010

“The always excellent Newbury Youth Theatre delivers a clean, intelligible and tightly choreographed production” The Herald **** (4 Stars) 2010

“Absolutely delightful” Three Weeks ***** (5 stars) 2010

Stage Must See Show 2009 & 2010

With The Young Vic’s Government Inspector opening a few weeks ago and Opera North’s interpretation of Gogol’s The Portrait at the start of this year, Newbury Youth Theatre clearly have their finger on the pulse.

The critically acclaimed, award winning young company perform their own adaptation of The Portrait at Venue 40, The Quaker Meeting House, Newbury from Monday 8 - Saturday 13 August, 2.30pm.

“Thought provoking, entertaining and moving… enchanting” Three Weeks (Editor’s Choice Award) 5 Stars 2009

“Oozing so much vim and verve… This strong talented youth company give an impressive performance. Given the skill of this youthful cast, it’s not surprising that the company sold out last year” Three Weeks 2008

“The ensemble shines in this dynamic and well choreographed piece’ 4 Stars The Herald 2008

Gogol’s 1835 short story is a morality tale in two parts. Part one being the story of impoverished artist Chartkov, who happens to purchase a disquieting portrait, from which he chooses to become rich, rather than struggle to perfect his art.

Part two tells the story of the mysterious Moneylender, depicted in Chartkov’s portrait and the strange terms of his loans, which always end with his debtors’ miserable end.

Newbury Youth Theatre’s brand new ensemble production is told with their trademark comic timing, original live music played on broken instruments and touches of simple magic.

“As accomplished as Michael Morpurgo’s Aesop’s Fables” 5 Stars The Herald 2007

‘Excellent’ The Scotsman 2006

‘Youth Theatre at its best’ Edinburghguide.com 2005

For 15 years they have performed their vibrant ensemble productions at the Edinburgh Festival, where they have received a host of four and five star reviews in the festival and national press.

Such has their success been over the years, that in 2009 they were awarded a Three Weeks Editors' Choice Award for creating consistently strong work.

Admission: £8(£7)

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