Dear Evan Hansen
Teenage musical melodrama storms into West End
A gut-punching, breath-taking knockout of a musical.
The New York Times
Teenage angst. Tragic events. The profound effects of social media and suicide on young minds. Dear Evan Hansen certainly isn’t your ordinary six-times Tony Award winner and Broadway smash hit. This year’s hotly anticipated production tackles heavy contemporary themes head-on, in a startlingly original way. Based on a book by American playwright, Steven Levenson, its musical pedigree is assured with The Greatest Showman composers and Oscar-nominated Justin Paul and Benj Pasek penning the score. Following its Broadway debut, Noel Coward Theatre on St Martin’s Lane in London’s West End, is preparing to put on this critically acclaimed production – running from 29 October 2019 up to 4 April 2020.
The plot follows the life of teenaged outsider Evan Hansen – played by 21-year-old British actor Sam Tutty in his first professional West End role since appearing in Once on This Island at Southwark Playhouse. Struggling with friends, his love life, and a family that ignores him, Evan’s therapist suggests he writes a daily letter to himself. The suicide of a classmate then throws his world into turmoil, while his private letters are shared among his friends – turning Evan into the boy who everyone now wants to know.
In the sumptuous white and gold Rococo style interior of the Noel Coward Theatre, seating 872, uplifting songs such as ‘Sincerely, Me’ and ‘You Will Be Found’ add light relief and optimism to all the intense highs and lows. It’s not often that musicals of this quality have sparked off such heated debate around controversial issues, sure to continue long after the final curtain.
29 October - 4 April 2020
Noël Coward Theatre
85-88 St Martin's Lane
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