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Tony Award-winning Come From Away transfers to Dublin and the West End

The original Broadway cast of Come From Away. Photo credit: Matthew Murphy 2017.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE Tony Award-winning new musical Come From Away 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.

It will receive its long-awaited UK premiere at the Phoenix Theatre next year with performances from January 30, 2019 and opening night on February 18.

Prior to the West End, this heart-warming musical will have a limited engagement at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin from December 6, 2018 to January 19, 2019.

Described as a joyous new musical, Come From Away 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.

On September 11, 2001 the world stopped. On September 12, their stories moved us all.

Canada’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Mrs 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 U.S. 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, record-breaking 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.

Come From Away features a book, music and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein and is directed by Christopher Ashley, with 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.

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.”

The UK and Ireland cast for Come From Away will be announced in due course.

A “Best Musical” winner all across North America, Come From Away has won the Tony Award for “Best Direction of a Musical” (Christopher Ashley); five Outer Critics’ Circle Awards (NYC) including “Outstanding New Broadway Musical”; three Drama Desk Awards (NYC) including “Outstanding Musical”; four Helen Hayes Awards (Washington DC) including “Outstanding Production of a Musical”; four Gypsy Rose Lee Awards (Seattle) including “Excellence in Production of a Musical”; six San Diego Critics’ Circle Awards including “Outstanding New Musical”; three Toronto Theatre Critics’ Awards including “Best New Musical”; three Dora Awards (Toronto) including “Outstanding New Musical/Opera” and “Outstanding Production”; and the 2017 Jon Kaplan Audience Choice Award (Toronto).

Come From Away is produced in the UK and Ireland by Junkyard Dog Productions and Smith & Brant Theatricals, and the European premiere will be presented in partnership with The Abbey Theatre, Dublin.

Image: The original Broadway cast of Come From Away. Photo credit: Matthew Murphy 2017.

Tickets (Phoenix Theatre): From £19.50 (from £10 during preview performances: January 30 to February 16, 2019). To book, call 0844 871 7615 or visit comefromawaylondon.co.uk/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.

Chicago continues at the Phoenix Theatre until January 5, 2019.