British Theatre Academy's 2018 Summer Season

Friday 22 December 2017

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'Bring It On -The Musical' and 'Spring Awakening' lead The British Theatre Academy's exciting 2018 Summer Season ...
British Theatre Academy's 2018 Summer Season

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The British Theatre Academy is a unique performing arts programme that has inspired and nurtured the talent of thousands of young performers over the past 30 years.

It was set up to give talented young people the opportunity to perform in top venues nationwide - for free!

And the results have been hugely impressive - over the past three years, for example, the company has earned rave reviews for productions of Annie Jr, The Secret Garden, The Adventures of Pinocchio and 13 - The Musical in the West End.

The BTA believes that children should be trained as professionals by professionals and its team maintains links with casting directors, music producers, and talent agents across the world.

The organisation is passionate about releasing the individual skill and flair of each student in all aspects of their chosen field and provides exceptional training and are dedicated in preparing and inspiring students at the highest level.

Now, the organisation has announced its next season of shows which takes-off next July and looks like being a cracker!

After two years in summer residence at the Ambassdors Theatre in the West End, The BTA are completely taking over Southwark Playhouse for the summer with 2 productions, The Stockwell Playhouse and the world famous open air Minack Theatre.

The summer season will open in The Small at Southwark Playhouse with an adaptation of the much-loved novel Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian, adapted by David Wood, the UK's 'National Children's Dramatist' (The Times).

Set during the dark and dangerous build-up to the Second World War, Goodnight Mister Tom 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.

It will run from 25 July to 25 August 2018.

Next up will be Bring It On The Musical, written by a crack team including 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 show will be directed and choreographed by Ewan Jones, and will play in The Large at Southwark Playhouse from 2 August to 1 September.

The season also includes a revival of the acclaimed Broadway musical Spring Awakening The Musical, winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Book and Score and 4 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical.

The show will play at The Stockwell Playhouse from Tuesday 14 to Sunday 19 August.

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 tells the growing pains of teenagers discovering their sexuality.

It will be directed by Dean Johnson.

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 24 to Friday 28 September.

Producer Matthew Chandler of the British Theatre Academy said ...

"It is has been an incredible year for the BTA and to date all our productions and concerts have given 1,500 children the chance to perform on the West End stage.

For our last summer season, more than 2,000 young people auditioned for The Adventures of Pinocchio and over 1,000 teenagers for 13 The Musical, and we had 3 teams perfoming 13 The Musical.

The summer season is a fantastic opportunity for all the youngsters involved.

The search for talented young people under 25 will begin in January when auditions will be held."

For more information about the BTA, check-out its website, and don't forget to get the dates in your diary to see the immense talents of some terrific young performers.


Southwark Playhouse

77-85 Newington Causeway

London SE1 6BD

Stockwell Playhouse

208 Wandsworth Road

London SW8 2JU

Minack Theatre




TR19 6JU


Bring It On - 2 August to 2 September 2018

Goodnight Mister Tom - 25 July to 25 August 2018

Spring Awakening - 16 to 18 August 2018

Chicago - 24 to 28 September 2018


Check our listings below for prices and booking links.


Southwark Playhouse

Stockwell Playhouse

Minack Theatre

British Theatre Academy

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- Bring It On

- Goodnight Mister Tom

- Spring Awakening

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