Anniversary concert of Spring Awakening to play in the West End

Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s award-winning musical celebrates its 15th anniversary in the West End with a one-night-only concert at Victoria Palace Theatre.

Olivia Rook
Olivia Rook

An anniversary concert of the original West End production of Spring Awakening will take place at Victoria Palace Theatre on 2 June.

Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s Tony, Olivier and Grammy award-winning musical opened in London at the Lyric Hammersmith in January 2009, before transferring to the West End’s Novello Theatre the same year. The production won four Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical. The show was revived in London in 2021.

On the announcement, Sheik said: “Spring Awakening is the first musical I worked on that managed to get to Broadway and then the West End. Being in London in 2009 for opening night at the Novello with that young and amazing cast was one of the highlights of my life. It is more than exciting that 15 years on, London gets to experience this anniversary concert and I’m honoured that I can be some small part of that.”

Sater added: “My youthful dream was to be a part of the theatre in London. So for me, our brilliant original production of Spring Awakening at the Lyric, and then at the Novello, was an answered prayer. Fifteen years later, to bring back that production for a one-night-only anniversary concert, is like having that prayer answered all over again.”

The coming-of-age musical is a vibrant celebration of youth and rebellion, and follows a group of teenagers who discover a new world of feeling and freedom outside the classroom.

The concert, which has direction by Jamie Armitage (Six) and musical direction by Nigel Lilley (Newsies, Next to Normal, The Witches), will be raising funds on behalf of Imogen Kinchin, one of the original producers of Spring Awakening, who has been diagnosed with stage IV bowel cancer.

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