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Matilda is set for national theatre

A Duchess’s Community High School pupil has been selected from more than 1,000 young people to take part in a national theatre company’s 2016 season.

Matilda Leng, 16, from Eglingham, beat off competition to be selected for one of the shows the Youth Music Theatre (YMT) will be performing this summer.

Matilda will be cast in The Dark Tower at the Bussey Building in London.

Composed by Conor Mitchell, the show is a musical dance performance, telling of a soldier’s quest though the desert to fulfil his destiny.

Matilda said: “I am thrilled to be selected for this summer’s season with the YMT. The regional auditions were quite nerve-wracking and it really was a wonderful surprise to be selected.”