We are so looking forward to a new season of theatre! And the Phoenix Theatre has offered us discounted prices on premium seats in the stalls. Come join us for a feel-good, award-winning new musical Come From Away.
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.
Come From Away saw 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, upbeat 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’.
The original London cast of Come From Away at the Phoenix Theatre featured Rachel Tucker as, among other characters, airline pilot Beverley Bass. She was joined by David Shannon, Jenna Boyd, Nathanael Campbell, Clive Carter, Mary Doherty, Robert Hands, Helen Hobson, Jonathan Andrew Hume, Harry Morrison, Emma Salvo, and Cat Simmons.
Let’s meet before the play in one of the many nearby pubs from 6:00 pm. I will find the best place and let you know about it closer to the date. Remember, you do not have to arrive at 6:00 pm but some of us will be there early to chat, eat and have a drink before the play. Please arrive by 7:15 pm at the latest to collect your ticket directly from me.
Tickets are £40 (this covers PayPal and booking costs plus a small donation to Central London Humanists). Reservations are open until 24 May 2021.
After the play we’ll head back to the pub to discuss and socialise.
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