North Walsham

Sheringham actor Sam is living his dream

Just Regional
Jun 9, 2016 3 mins read

Young actor Sam Thompson is making his theatrical family proud with his latest role.
Sam has been named as one of five new members from the area to be accepted by The National Youth Theatre.
The UK’s leading youth arts organisation announced that the five, out of 750 new members from 4,750 applicants, are to join in 2016 for the organisation’s 60th anniversary year.
Auditions and interviews took place up and down the country to find the best young talent that the UK had to offer, as thousands of young applicants aged between 14-25 hoped to gain a place on the National Youth Theatre’s prestigious acting courses, as well as the new technical courses taking place this summer.
Sam will follow in the footsteps of alumni such as Dame Helen Mirren, Daniel Craig, Chiwetel Ejiofor CBE and Sir Daniel Day Lewis.
Sam, a student at Paston College and former pupil at Sheringham High, will be offered opportunities to build his CV, working on shows that could include the REP seasons in the West End as well a whole host of projects nationally and internationally.
His theatrical family includes mum Debbie, director of Sheringham Little Theatre, dad Simon, who lectures at Paston College, and sister Katie, a prolific amateur actress. Simon and Debbie met while performing together on stage.
Sam said:  “It has been my dream to be part of The National Youth Theatre and I am really looking forward to it.”
Simon added: “It is a wonderful opportunity and I am very proud of him.” Debbie said: “I am so pleased for Sam, it is very exciting.”
Katie was enthusiastic in other ways, saying: “It will be good to have him out of the house for a while.”
The NYT’s application process allows applicants from all backgrounds across the UK the chance to build careers in the industry and work with other young people, with the courses providing extensive training on theatre and theatre practice by top industry professionals. Applications for National Youth Theatre’s 2017 auditions are now open at
Former NYT member and Doctor Who star Matt Smith said: “The National Youth Theatre is the reason I’m an actor. It’s given me great confidence, opportunity and life-long friends.”
The 60th anniversary season will include 10 new productions and a special gala in September at the Shaftesbury Theatre featuring 40 notable alumni and a cast of 100 of Britain’s best young talent.

Sam Headshot Family pic


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