The Tony Award-winning musical Come From Away, which tells the story of 7,000 stranded passengers in the wake of 9/11, is set to get its West End debut in 2019. With a book, music and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, the musical is set in the small town of Gander in Newfoundland, Canada, where a number of planes were diverted in the wake of the 11th September attacks. Come From Away will run at the Phoenix Theatre from 30th January 2019, with tickets going on sale on Monday. It will also have a short pre-West End run at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.
Come From Away Tickets
Come from Away, the Broadway musical by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, is based on the events in the week following the 9/11 attacks on America, when 38 planes were ordered to land in the small Canadian town of Gander. This true story tells the tale of the town who kept 7,000 stranded visitors housed and fed following the biggest tragedy the US had seen.
The musical will come to London at the Phoenix Theatre from 30th January 2019 with tickets on sale now.
Come From Away as Sankoff and Hein modestly set out to write a musical they wanted high school kids to perform, rather than aspiring for a Broadway musical. The pair travelled to the Newfoundland town on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and learnt of the kindness of its residents. They felt like these stories had to be told and wrote a positive, up-bear musical to celebrate the residents.
The musical opened on Broadway, at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, in 2017 following runs in Seattle, Washington DC and Toronto. It was nominated for seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score of a Musical, and winning for Best Direction of a Musical and received critical acclaim, with the New York Times’ Ben Brantley calling it a ‘big bearhug of a musical’.
On the back of the success of the musical, Sankoff and Hein are writing a film adaptation of the show, set to be produced by Mark Gordon and directed by Christopher Ashley.
The show is set to transfer to London’s Phoenix Theatre in early 2019. Cast and creatives for the London production at the Phoenix Theatre are yet to be announced.
Ticket for Come From Away in the West End are on sale now.