The National Youth Theatre has launched many careers - from Helen Mirren's to Daniel Craig's - since it began with a production of Henry V in 1956.
It's also where Little Britain stars Matt Lucas and David Walliams met, at one of the NYT's famed summer schools.
Jessica Stevenson traces the company's inspiring and celeb-strewn history, on the eve of its 50th anniversary.
Contributors include Helen Mirren, Timothy Spall, David Walliams and Matt Lucas.
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