School life may not always be a barrel of laughs these days, but at least you are not a Victorian muffin seller. Representatives of the muffin and crumpet trade are reduced to hurling their products at politicians during the National Youth Theatre's two-evening production of Nicholas Nickleby at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith . But laws curtailing street sales are not the main point of this two-part adaptation of Dickens's novel by playwright David Edgar. Here is classic storytelling with plenty of scope for a large cast who can give full rein to colourful character acting while dressed in crinolines and spats (or rags if they are inmates at Dotheboys Hall).
In rep until September 15. Tickets: 020 8741 2311. Information about auditions: 0845 603 9063; other projects: 020 7281 3863. Website: www.nyt.org.uk
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