A PACKED line-up has been announced for this year’s National Student Drama Festival which will return to Scarborough in April.
The event on April 9 to 15, which is now in its 56th year, will be held at various venues across the town including the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough Sports Centre, Scarborough College, the Spa Complex and the University of Hull Scarborough campus.
The festival is where stars such as Stephen Fry, Ben Elton and Meera Syal started their careers.
Past participants also include former Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston and Secrets & Lies director Mike Leigh, who were at the festival last year.
Mr Eccleston described the event as essential and told organisers he was inspired by the “drive, idealism and commitment of the students and leaders”.
This year the festival will feature a huge range of visiting artists and theatre groups including playwright Mark Ravenhill and representatives from the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre Studio and National Theatre of Scotland.
It will also include participants from the Bristol Old Vic, Edinburgh Fringe, Soho Theatre and Equity.
A spokesman said: “It is a festival like no other, with more than 50 performances, 170 workshops, 650 young people, 120 volunteers and 70 professionals, it is essential for anyone interested in the creative arts.
“We will continue to showcase the best of emerging talent in Britain.”
There will be auditions for drama schools and the chance for students to talk to agents.
Prize money will also be up for grabs for anyone staging a show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and book fair held by Methuen Drama.
There will also be the chance to audition for National Student Drama Festival’s site-specific production of Robin Hood, which will perform in Giggleswick and then the Latitude Festival.