The sensational and heartwarming musical is just what everyone needs right now. The true story is set in the aftermath of 9/11, where a small community plays host to 7,000 stranded passengers. As 38 planes are forced to land, the Newfoundland neighbours welcome in the ‘come from aways’. Though uneasy and distrusting at first, the relationship between locals and visitors becomes an encouraging one of hope and gratitude. Trust us, tickets to Come From Away will leave you nothing but moved.
In a time where tension runs high, Come From Away is a beautiful, inspirational and essential production. Also known as the ‘9/11 musical’, it’s actually not a tale of tragedy, but more about how the Newfoundland community responded. It covers themes of culture, strangers and building relationships, bound together with humour and music. It’s among the rare tales of human kindness and warmth that we don’t often see in the news, transformed into a stunning stage musical.
Tony and Grammy award-nominated writers Irene Sankoff and David Hein used the accounts of the passengers to develop the story. Come From Away features a great set of characters with their own stories, brilliantly played out by a talented cast. From standing ovations to five-star reviews, the musical has enjoyed incredibly positive receptions worldwide.
The musical is the winner of four Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical. The Times calls it ‘irresistible and inspiring’, while Time Out describes it as ‘soul-feedingly wonderful’. It’s a musical that leaves you smiling, which is why so many people are flocking to see the masterpiece. Come From Away has extended runs in the West End due to overwhelming ticket demands, set to continue melting hearts.
The theatre, having opened in 1930, sports a traditional Italian style and long love affair with Noël Coward following it's opening performance of 'Private Lives'. It famously enjoyed a long run of The Exorcist in Halloween 2017, and returned with the roaring 1920’s’ Chicago. Since inception, the theatre has enjoyed a continuous flow of world-class productions.
Located in the characterful borough of Camden, it took the site of the Alcazar Music Hall, a venue that slipped away from the prestigious reputations of music halls to a shady casino. The Phoenix reinstated value to the central spot, with a luxurious interior of golden finishings, ornate ceiling and plush red seating. It opened with glorious performances by Noël Coward and Laurence Olivier, and only grew in success over the years.
In 2012, the Phoenix celebrated 21 years of showcasing Willy Russell’s 'Blood Brothers'. The musical produced by Bill Kenwright was widely popular with theatre-goers, and continues to stun audiences to this day. Other notable occasions throughout the Phoenix’s history include Ronan Keating’s performance of ‘Guy’ in ‘Guys and Dolls’, Gary Barlow’s musical ‘The Girls’, and Julia McKenzie’s portrayal of the Witch in ‘Into the Woods’.
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