The world premiere of a  passionate new musical.                     

In 1936, as fascism sweeps across Europe, one country reaches out in its hour of need… and thousands of ordinary people make an extraordinary decision to help.

Mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, they travel to Spain from all over the world, and they risk their lives for the freedom of others.

Inspired by first hand accounts, Goodbye Barcelona follows Sammy, a young man driven to leave his home in London and join the International Brigades to fight against the fascists in the Spanish Civil War.

The Writer/Composer team behind Release the Beat return to Arcola with their new work. Goodbye Barcelona began as a commission from Arcola Theatre funded by Arts Council England and was subsequently developed fro Arcola’s Grimeborn Opera Festival.



fervently sung and warmly felt” OBSERVER

a triumphant work of tender love…The songs, chiselled to perfection, mix pathos with innocence and political reasoning with trench humour…We really care for this disparate bunch of brave idealists” MORNING STAR

The staging is clever, the performances uniformly strong” DAILY EXPRESS


Karen Rabinowitz’s production has plenty of punch” GUARDIAN

The score is nicely assembled in Karen Rabinowitz’s impressive dynamic

an engrossing and frequently moving evening…believable and moving” THEATRE GUIDE

a rousing and emotional reflection on this era of history” N16 Magazine

strong anthemic ballads” THE PUBLIC REVIEWS

weaving its tale with beautiful harmonies and passionate solos…a show that stirs emotions, fine singing throughout…You cannot fail to be impressed with the sheer talent and enthusiasm of the actors” EAST END LIFE

The music sits seamlessly alongside the dialogue” EAST LONDON LINES

Billed as a ‘Passionate Musical’ Goodbye Barcelona lives up to its name” JEWISH THEATRE

some really good performances from the entire cast, the music is full of rousing patriotic anthems” REMOTE GOAT 


Goodbar Productions in association with Arcola Theatre presents

The world premiere of a passionate new musical 

Book by Judith Johnson
Music and Lyrics by K S Lewkowicz
Directed by Karen Rabinowitz
Musical Director Mark Smith
Designer Nigel Hook
Sound Design Mike Walker
Lighting Design Rob Halliday
Producer Flavia Fraser-Cannon

Lucy Bradshaw
Tom Gill
Katie Bernstein
John Killoran
Mark Meadows
Jack Shalloo
Laura Tebbutt

Goodbye Barcelona gratefully acknowledges the support of the following in making this production possible:

Arts Council England
Union Theatre Trust
International Brigade Memorial Trust
Worker’s Music Association