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W/E stars join students from the British Theatre Academy in semi-staged concert version of Godspell

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

MAJOR West End guest stars have been announced to appear alongside students from the British Theatre Academy in a stunning, semi-staged concert version of Godspell at Cadogan Hall on Saturday, June 29, 2019.

BTA Artistic Director Matthew Chandler said: “I am so excited about this line-up and giving our kids the opportunity to work with such amazing, inspiring, world class talents. Godspell promises to be an unforgettable experience for them all.”

The guest stars are: Laura Baldwin (currently playing Dawn in Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre, Eugenius!), Luke Bayer (Jamie New in Everybody’s Taliking About Jamie), Max Bowden (EastEnders’ bad boy Ben Mitchell), Rachel John (Olivier award-nominated as Angelica Schuyler in Hamilton), and Ramin Karimloo (The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and in the West End, Tony nominated as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables on Broadway and currently in BBC1’s Holby City).

Full of charm, warmth and great philosophy, Godspell is the heart-lifting feel-good Broadway musical from Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) and features the songs Day By Day, Prepare Ye, Turn Back O Man and Beautiful City.

It is being performed by a cast of talented new young performers of The British Theatre Academy, the award winning youth theatre which has been set up to give young people who can not afford to access theatre training the opportunity to work with top creatives in venues around the country.

Dean Johnson will direct, with musical direction by James Taylor and choreography by Thea Butler.

A cast of 350 British Theatre Academy performers are currently rehearsing for their annual summer season at Southwark Playhouse. This year they are presenting Once On This Island, Disney’s My Son Pinocchio, Dogfight and a new one-hour version of Footloose. This comes after the success of Bring It On, last year’s sell out production that was watched by Lin Manuel Miranda.

Godspell is presented by arrangement with Samuel French.

Tickets: From £19.50 to £75. To book, call the box office on 020 7730 4500 or visit Proceeds will go to continuing the work of The BTA giving young people the chance to perform for free.

Time: 7.30pm.

Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ