This is probably the most exciting announcement we’ve ever made at Best…

It is with immense pride, huge excitement and sheer delight that we can now announce that Best’s production of The Boy Preference has been selected to appear on the stage of the National Theatre in July.

Here’s a brief taste of the show…

Nearly 300 groups across the UK took part in the programme and we are one of 10 companies asked to transfer to the National Theatre. This is a huge honour for our youth theatre group, TheBYTE, and follows successful assessed performances at The Maltings and at the Royal & Derngate Theatre in Northampton.

For those of you (oh, why so few?) who came to see the show at The Maltings, this may come as no surprise – the show is stunning. The good news for those of you who didn’t get to see the show is that as well as being able to come and see it at the National – and please do come if you can because it’s a huge auditorium and we need as much support as we can get – we are hoping to re-perform the show in St Albans prior to its transfer to the National. We’ll let you know about dates as soon as possible.

We couldn’t be more proud of our amazing, talented bunch of young people. The have worked so hard to create this eerie piece and it’s been a real team effort throughout. They deserve this opportunity of a lifetime to perform on the UK’s premier stage. They’ll knock the audience’s socks off.

The majority of the cast have been with Best for many years, most of them now attending Best School of Acting. The quality of their work validates entirely the nurturing process that we strongly believe in at Best – stick with us and you can do wonderful things!

We are recruiting a new group for TheBYTE to start in September – these will be from school years 7, 8 and 9 (ages 11-14) and it gives further stretch and performance opportunities for Best students (and it’s half price too!) – do let us know if your child would like to come along and give it a go. Numbers are strictly limited and the current group has proven that once the group is together, it very rarely loses people so this new small group will carry a lot of Best’s performance ambition in the next few years.

A huge thank you and congratulations to Lisa Schulberg who has moulded this group so well and whose approach at BSA is demonstrably having fantastic results! Also to Louisa Stevens for her fabulous work with them in earlier times and for her tremendous support in the autumn term during Lisa’s maternity leave.

This is a fantastic opportunity for the cast of this wonderful show. What an advert for Best and for the young people of St Albans and Harpenden.

We are going to the National Theatre!