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BTA presents Bring It On - The Musical and Goodnight Mister Tom at Southwark Playhouse

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE British Theatre Academy’s 2018 Summer Season includes two productions – Bring It On – The Musical and Goodnight Mister Tom – at Southwark Playhouse.

Bring It On – The Musical runs in The Large from August 2 to September 1.

Bring It On – The Musical is a universal coming-of-age story that mixes competitive cheerleading, high school politics and teenage romance.

It is written by Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, In the Heights), Tony Award winner Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q) Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal) and Broadway lyricist Amanda Green (High Fidelity).

The production will be directed and choreographed by Ewan Jones.

However, before Bring It On – The Musical, the summer season opens in The Small with an adaptation of the beloved novel Goodnight Mister Tom, which runs from July 25 to August 25.

Written by Michelle Magorian and adapted by David Wood, the UK’s ‘National Children’s Dramatist’ (The Times), Goodnight Mister Tom is set during the dark and dangerous build-up to the Second World War.

The story follows sad young William Beech, who is evacuated to the idyllic English countryside and builds a remarkable and moving friendship with the elderly recluse Tom Oakley. All seems perfect until William is devastatingly summoned by his mother back to London.

Goodnight Mister Tom is a tale of two broken souls at very different ends of the age scale that celebrates the value of love and proves that friendship knows no barriers.

The BTA will also revive the acclaimed Broadway musical Spring Awakening The Musical, winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Book and Score and four Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, at The Stockwell Playhouse from Tuesday, August 14 to Sunday, August 19.

A rock musical with music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater, based on the 1891 German play Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind, it’s about the growing pains of teenagers discovering their sexuality. It will be directed by Dean Johnson (Godspell).

Closing the season is the record-breaking Broadway musical Chicago set in Prohibition-era Chicago with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and book by Ebb and Bob Fosse. It will be staged at the world famous open air Minack Theatre, a breath-taking open-air auditorium at Porthcurno near Land’s End in Cornwall – from Monday, September 24 to Friday, September 28.

The 2018 season follows two successful summer residencies at the Ambassdors Theatre in the West End.