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The British Theatre Academy presents In The Heights at Stockwell Playhouse

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE British Theatre Academy is to present the Tony Award-winning musical In The Heights from Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the global hit sensation Hamilton, at Stockwell Playhouse on Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28. 2017.

Directed By Dean Johnson (Godspell at the Actor’s Church, Covent Garden featuring West End and Broadway stars Kerry Ellis, Ramin Karimloo and George Maguire together with pupils from the Academy), In The Heights has staging by Billy Cullum (Jesus Christ Superstar, Rent) and musical direction by Phillip Shute.

The rehearsed staging will feature a cast of 35 of the best British Theatre Academy performers and includes Isabella Pappas (Olivier nominated for The Nether, Annie UK tour, Lucy in 13, Ambassadors Theatre); Bradley Riches (Disaster! The Musical, Charing Cross Theatre); Lewis Ledlie (Brett in 13, Ambassadors Theatre); and Billy Nevers (Imaginary).

Award-winning BTA is a performing arts programme that has inspired and nurtured the talent of thousands of young performers over the past 30 years. Over the summer the BTA presented Jason Robert Browne’s 13 the Musical at the Ambassdors Theatre to universal acclaim, including 12 5-star reviews.

In The Heights features music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and a book by Quiara Alegría Hudes.

Usnavi, the local proprietor of the corner bodega, guides audiences through Washington Heights, a vibrant New York neighborhood full of striving immigrants and young lovers. When a winning lottery ticket is sold, fortunes shift, romance blooms, and hope springs eternal. The whole is infused with hip-hop beats, salsa, and Latin soul.

In The Heights opened on Broadway in March 2008 and was nominated for 13 Tony Awards, winning four: Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations. It also won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album as well as being nominated for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Tickets: £22.50 + booking fee – available from the box office on 020 7720 6897 or online at www.stockwellph.com/ .

Times: October 27 at 8pm; October 28 at 4pm and 8pm.

Stockwell Playhouse, 208 Wandsworth Road, London, SW8 2JU