The British Theatre Academy is to produce Disney’s My Son Pinocchio Jr. as part of its second annual summer season takeover at Southwark Playhouse.

A magical mix of heartwarming fairytale and action-packed adventure, Disney’s My Son Pinocchio Jr. retells the classic Disney story from Geppetto’s perspective and features the beloved classic songs When You Wish Upon a Star and I’ve Got No Strings alongside a host of new songs by Oscar and Grammy Award-winner and master melodist Stephen Schwartz (Wicked).

This new musical tackles timely issues about what it means to be “the perfect child” – and what it means to be “a real father.”

The piece has music & lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by David Stern. It will be directed by Séimí Campbell with choreography by Holly Hughes, set and costume by Gregor Donnelly, lighting by Andrew Exeter and sound by Andrew Johnson.

Stephen Schwartz said: “I always think it’s important for people who are interested to be in theatre to get off to an early start. That kind of early training gets into your bones. I also think it’s especially fun for The BTA to work on something brand new like Disney’s My Son Pinocchio Jr as the performers aren’t imitating other performers from before, but finding the creativity within themselves.”

Also in the 2019 BTA season is a youth production of the multi award-winning Broadway hit, Once On This Island and a youth production of Dogfight by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land, The Greatest Showman) and Peter Duchan, directed and choreographed by Dean Johnson.

Disney’s My Son Pinocchio Jr. will run from 26 July 2019 until 14 August 2019 at Southwark Playhouse, London.