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Sunset Boulevard, Dogfight and Once On This Island to be staged by British Theatre Academy

A range of hit musicals will be performed by the youth company this summer

Once On This Island and Dogfight
Once On This Island and Dogfight
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The British Theatre Academy's summer season has been announced.

The company, which aims to give young performers the chance to appear in major shows on some of the country's most notable stages, will present Benj Pasek and Justin Paul's Dogfight in the smaller Southwark Playhouse space. Set in San Francisco, the piece is about a group of soldiers who are about to be shipped off to Vietnam. Adapted from the 1991 film of the same name, the show previously ran at Southwark Playhouse in 2014, starring Laura Jane Matthewson and Jamie Muscato. It won two Lucille Lortel Awards when it first opened off-Broadway in 2012.

Directed and choreographed by Dean Johnson, the musical runs from 28 to 31 August.

The company will also present the cult classic Sunset Boulevard at the Minack Theatre from 12 to 16 August. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Christopher Hampton's piece recently had a hit run in the West End as well as on tour, and, according to Hollywood star Glenn Close, is about to be adapted into a film.

A revival of Stephen Schwartz's My Son Pinocchio will be performed in the smaller Southwark space, with more details to be revealed.

As previously announced, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's multi-award winning Once On This Island will run in Southwark Playhouse's larger space as the company's longest running show of the summer, with direction and choreography by Lee Proud (Allegro). Following a young peasant girl who falls for a rich boy, the piece won the 1995 Best New Musical Olivier Award and a recent Broadway revival was nominated for eight Tony Awards. The youth production runs from 9 to 31 August.