Announced 28 June, updated 2 July 2018: The Tony Award-winning new musical Come From Away – which tells the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded air passengers during the wake of 9/11, and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them – will land in London for its long-awaited UK premiere at the Phoenix Theatre (currently home to Chicago) in 2019 with performances from 30 January and opening night on 18 February 2019.
Prior to the West End, the musical will have a limited engagement at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin from 6 December 2018 to 19 January 2019. TICKETS ARE NOW ONSALE VIA MY THEATRE MATES. CLICK HERE!
Come From Away features a book, music and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein and is directed by Christopher Ashley.
On 11 September 2001 the world stopped. On 12 September, their stories moved us all. This new musical recounts the incredible true story of how the residents of Gander, Newfoundland welcomed the passengers of planes from around the world. Cultures clashed, and nerves ran high, but as uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.
Canada’s high commissioner to the United Kingdom, Janice Charette, said: “I could not be more delighted that Come From Away is coming to the UK next year. A story that captures the kindness and humanity of the people of Canada – and the people of Newfoundland and Labrador in particular – at a crucial moment in US and global history. This show reminds us what good neighbours and true friendship is all about. Audiences in London are in for a treat.”
Earning widespread critical and audience acclaim, the multi-award-winning musical continues sold-out engagements on Broadway and in Canada, with a 60- city North American tour launching in October in Seattle, an Australian production confirmed for summer 2019, and a feature film adaptation in the works.
Other creative credits include musical staging by Kelly Devine, music supervision and arrangements by Ian Eisendrath, scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Gareth Owen, orchestrations by August Eriksmoen, and casting by Pippa Ailion CDG and Natalie Gallacher CDG.
Book, music and lyric writers, Irene Sankoff and David Hein said:
“The humour, the music, and the infectious generosity of spirit of the people of Newfoundland inspired us to write this musical, however along the journey we discovered that this isn’t just a Canadian story – it’s a universal story of how, when faced with global atrocities, the world comes together to respond with kindness and cooperation. We are particularly thrilled to be sharing this story with audiences in the UK and Ireland.”
Come From Away is produced in the UK and Ireland by Junkyard Dog Productions and Smith & Brant Theatricals. The European premiere of Come From Away will be presented in partnership with The Abbey Theatre, Dublin.
The UK and Ireland cast for Come From Away will be announced in due course.