Please note the following Access Performances:
Monday 21st October 7.30pm – Signed Performance
Monday 11th November 7.30pm – Captioned Performance
Come From Away is a brand new musical, fresh from Broadway. It has already caused a stir. Now this epic multi-award-winner of a musical theatre masterpiece is transferring to the glittering West End, a show that has gathered so much critical acclaim on Broadway that it is fast achieving legendary status. This is a truly thrilling, uplifting story that sheds new light on one of the most terrifying events of the century, 9/11.
Welcome to a totally brilliant Canadian musical that's – bravely – based on the events of September 11th, when the World Trade Center's two towers were destroyed by terrorist attacks. The piece goes deep to the heart of a small community that was completely blown off its feet by the shocking events that took place.
The plot? Come From Away takes you far, far away to the little northern town of Gander, in Newfoundland, where the local people prepare to welcome seven thousand stranded air flight passengers. As the sense of threat and unease grows and the tension increases, new friendships are created, ultimately revealing the light behind the darkness. Nerves might be as tense as a wire, but as the people's gratitude for survival grows, new relationships are forged. And as the music soars, all the culture clashes and differences of opinion are finally set aside. We're all humans. And it feels magical.
The book, music and lyrics are by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, with songs including Welcome to the Rock, Me and the Sky and Something’s Missing, as well as a host more gorgeous Canadian folk songs. Tony Award-winner Christopher Ashley directs, a man with plenty of previous Broadway credits under his belt including Memphis, Xanadu and The Rocky Horror Show. Set design comes from Beowulf Boritt, costume design from Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Howell Binkley and sound design by Gareth Owen.
The musical has been awarded multiple Drama Desk Awards, including the award for Outstanding Musical. No wonder when it's such an extraordinary, breath-taking story. The entertainment kicks off in February 2019, when the production plays at the magnificent Phoenix Theatre following a run at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin between December 2018 and January 2019.
Who is this show for?
As long as you're aged ten or more, you'll find this exceptional musical absolutely fascinating.
What to expect:Acting
Recommended for:Anyone (89%)
This is a must see show It may not be a well known one but it is a true story Full of great music and movement - it just didn’t stop Also great story full of emotion Brilliant
Reviewed on 16 August 2019 by Paul, London, United Kingdom
Show is fantastic. Stage is quite high so the first few rows give very poor view of the stage but are charged at premium prices. Very disappointing!
Reviewed on 10 August 2019 by Saskia, East Horsley, United Kingdom
The compassion, angst and humor of the people of Gander and the passengers stranded there while US airspace was closed in the aftermath of 911... The cast and musicians did a wonderful job of conveying the fears and resiliencies of the townsfolk and the travelers.
Reviewed on 10 August 2019 by Mary-margaret, Houston, United States Of America
We went to the Wednesday matinee show and were surprised by the range of age groups at this show - young to elderly. This show is for everyone young and elderly. The show ran for 100 minutes, no internal - credit to the actors here. Thinking how the story unfolds, it is appropriate that there is no interval. If you want great stage costumes, moving scenery, special effects; this show is not for you. If you want brilliant acting, super tunes and a rollercoaster of emotions then this is for you.
Reviewed on 08 August 2019 by Steve, Stockport, United Kingdom
A brilliant piece of acting and script on an alternate view to the events of 9:/11 that has been overlooked. The cast and musicians especially good at providing a view on the events from Gander Newfoundland. Everybody should watch this show to see the humane side of individuals and communities pulled together from Gander when “all these planes turned up with strangers from around the world on that day and stayed for a few days”
Reviewed on 06 August 2019 by Thomas, Hinstock, United Kingdom
Wanted to catch a show as part of our family’s first visit to London and we absolutely picked the right one. Great venue... great show. The story is poignant but ultimately uplifting... we laughed, we cried, it was way better than Cats. A must.
Reviewed on 03 August 2019 by Tim, Decatur, United States Of America
Must see. Better tha I expected
Reviewed on 29 July 2019 by Carey, Boca Raton,, United States Of America
My husband was born in Newfoundland so we loved this show. The speaking parts of the Newfies were spot-on. The musicians were amazing. Loved the finale
Reviewed on 28 July 2019 by Dennis, Auckland, New Zealand
The show will make your heart sing. It’s very cleverly done with a small talented cast playing multiple rolls and yet it’s never confusing. That is due to the great talent of the cast. The music is infectious and will lift your spirits no matter the mood. There is no intermission but I didn’t even notice because the story keeps building to the great ending.
Reviewed on 26 July 2019 by Michael, Dallas, United States Of America
This brought back memories for me as an American who knew all about the grounded flights in Gander. Great singing, acting and the cast performed so enthusiastically.
Reviewed on 26 July 2019 by Sharon, Parkland, United States Of America
It was a good show about a difficult subject. The storyline was excellent as it conveyed all the essential details. Well worth an evening in the theatre.
Reviewed on 25 July 2019 by Melissa, London, United Kingdom
As a Canadian travelling in London, we went to this show. It was so brilliant! We acting was amazing! I laughed, I cried, every emotion! A must see!!
Reviewed on 22 July 2019 by Jackie, St. Francois Xavier, Canada
I am an ex New Yorker and was devastated by the horror of 9-11. I was actually unaware of the story of the people of Gander. Bring tissues as you will laugh and you will cry. The story is amazing, the music is awesome and you will leave knowing that there is nothing like the "human spirit". Go now!
Reviewed on 21 July 2019 by Andrew, La Quinta, United States Of America
In this chaotic world led by racist self centered bigots it is so wonderfully restorative to be enthralled and comforted by a terrifically talented ensemble telling a beautifully written true story which touched all of us who were fortunate enough to be in the audience. Thank you.
Reviewed on 20 July 2019 by Catherine, Falls Church, United States Of America
Reviewed on 20 July 2019 by Kevin, Bracknell, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 17 July 2019 by Lesley, Epsom, United Kingdom
Everything was perfect—the only problem was that I was so deeply affected by the performance I was crying throughout, and now I have a dehydration headache!
Reviewed on 15 July 2019 by Lauren, Coral Springs, United States Of America
Reviewed on 15 July 2019 by Donna, San Jose, United States Of America
Reviewed on 10 July 2019 by Melody, Scotland, Canada
I've visited London one or two times every year for eleven years, and COME FROM AWAY is high on my list of favorite West End productions. A couple of issues: The dialect is sometimes difficult to understand (unavoidable, but a concern), and the full company numbers are often over-modulated. Overall,CFA is a thoroughly delightful production. Thank you for a thrilling evening of theatre. Judy Vidal Rapid City, SD, USA email@example.com
Reviewed on 10 July 2019 by Judy, Rapid City, United States Of America
Wonderful show, we came away feeling great.
Reviewed on 09 July 2019 by David, Liskeard, United Kingdom
Amongst my top best ever shows. Informative in a sensitive and amusing way. Brilliant music, singing and acting. Not a weak cast member amongst them. Truly deserved the standing ovation it was given. Want to see it again!
Reviewed on 06 July 2019 by Michael, Bedford, United Kingdom
Great, great show - has no interval (100 mins long). - The story flowed along so well with such clever scene changes before you know it you will be standing and cheering the brilliant cast and musicians!! Had a great pre-theatre meal at the Phoenix Artist Club next door (booking essential) all in all a perfect evening.
Reviewed on 06 July 2019 by Fran, Pinner, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 04 July 2019 by Catherine, Mortdale Nsw, Australia
Joy from start to finish. Brilliant loved it
Reviewed on 04 July 2019 by Julia, Upper Tysoe, Warwick, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 03 July 2019 by Judith, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 02 July 2019 by Helen, Miranda, Australia
Reviewed on 01 July 2019 by Jacqueline, Oekingen, Switzerland
As a Canadian visiting London, it was amazing to get to watch the show ‘Coming from Away’. It was beyond my expectations.
Reviewed on 29 June 2019 by Robert, Halifax, Canada
This show is a must see. I have not experience such an energetic audience in all my theater going. Hats off to all the actors for being on stage during the entire show. The story is a great one and the cast executed their rolls spectacularly. All in all an great meaningful tribute to a small town and the people who were affected by the 911 tragedy. Again a must see!!!! She
Reviewed on 29 June 2019 by Ann, Lafayette, United Kingdom
Superb entertainment. A tragic event which created an amazing generosity from all concerned. The use of limited props and the way the excellent cast created different scenarios was just brilliant. A real must see.
Reviewed on 25 June 2019 by Ann, Surbiton, United Kingdom
Some of the best casting I’ve had the honor to witness and the music and vocals and score were awesomely and beautifully passionately performed! A must see!
Reviewed on 21 June 2019 by Chris, Gladstone, United States Of America
Just see it. It is well worth it
Reviewed on 20 June 2019 by Alexander, Johannesburg, South Africa
The story is truly incredible, and can be very emotional at times. The show is funny, yet has it’s serious moments when needed. Any seat in this theatre will provide an excellent view of this stunning choreography, which will blow most people away!
Reviewed on 20 June 2019 by Emily, Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
Would definitely go back. Excellent production.
Reviewed on 17 June 2019 by Chris, Hazlemere, United Kingdom
Wonderful!! from start to finish uplifting .I cried having been there in NYC .The cast is incredible how they captured every persaona still amazed as to how they created each character . I would recommend this show to everyone those who were there but for all those who can't imagine that moment. Amust see.
Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by Mary, San Francisco, United States Of America
Reviewed on 14 June 2019 by Hj, Cape Town, United Kingdom
Loved the performance! The music was amazing, the myriad of characters were brilliantly and creatively played by a relatively small cast, and the energy was electric. The story of the sad events of 9/11, were woven into a heartwarming saga that was truly uplifting. Thanks to the cast for a truly memorable experience while visiting London.
Reviewed on 13 June 2019 by Doug, Victoria, Canada
This show was outstanding. Every cast member was a delight to hear and watch. The songs poignant and catchy. The use of the simple set mesmerising. The on stage band played beautifully. It’s a based on real events and people which made it all the more real. I simply loved it.
Reviewed on 13 June 2019 by Susan, New Milton, United Kingdom
Anyone who enjoys the Theatre must see this show
Reviewed on 07 June 2019 by Neil, Plymouth, United Kingdom
Excellent - good view and good hearing level
Reviewed on 06 June 2019 by Richard, Vancouver .b.c., Canada
Reviewed on 04 June 2019 by Karen, Wexford, Ireland
Reviewed on 01 June 2019 by Jill, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 May 2019 by Stacy, Vancouver, Canada
We were visiting from vancouver Canada and it was the highlight of our trip
Reviewed on 26 May 2019 by Theresa, North Vancouver, Canada
What a stunning show. Easy to compare to "Once" but this was far better, and we loved both. Loved every second and wept like a baby when it finished. Funny, emotional, thought provoking. A true modern masterpiece.
Reviewed on 26 May 2019 by Mark, Willingham, United Kingdom
The show was so true of the situation excellent
Reviewed on 25 May 2019 by Barry, Eastern Passage, Canada
Reviewed on 24 May 2019 by Mary, Carmel, United States Of America
Best musical! Non-stop fabulous performances. Heartwarming story wonderfully executed. Thoroughly enjoyable. Audience jumped up spontaneously cheering!
Reviewed on 24 May 2019 by Steven, Vernon, Canada
I work in travel. Some of my colleagues were traveling that day and one of our travel advisors and her husband were diverted to Gander. She lived it and shared the incredible story when back. I have wanted to see since it came out. So glad I finally did
Reviewed on 23 May 2019 by Karen, Bonita Springs, United States Of America
1hr 40 mins and none of the actors leave the stage for more than a minute. The energy was amazing and despite the emotional undertones, it was very funny in parts. Would definitely recommend.
Reviewed on 23 May 2019 by Robyn, Lotabeg, Ireland
Do not miss this show. It’s hard to imagine an uplifting story about 9/11, but that’s exactly what this is. I’m an avid theater goer and this is one of the best shows I’ve seen in a long time.
Reviewed on 22 May 2019 by Maryanna, Kansas City, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 22 May 2019 by Ian, Bundall, Australia
Reviewed on 20 May 2019 by Bernard, Toronto, Canada
Unless you’re from Mars you arrive knowing a little of the background for the play and expect that it will be emotive; however, nothing prepares you for the range of emotions, the beyond wonderful music and the adaptability of each on stage actor to portray various characters. Superb music and dancing. It is without doubt a play that I will go to again and again.
Reviewed on 17 May 2019 by Bruce, Dartmouth, Canada
Loved the fluidity from story to story, song to song, character changes. Very different from any other shows we’ve seen.
Reviewed on 10 May 2019 by Judith, Duncan, Canada
We thoroughly enjoyed the whole show Standing ovation
Reviewed on 09 May 2019 by Joanne, North Saanich Bc, Canada
This was a very high energy show with a great positive message. The 12 actors all play multiple parts. So cleverly done. Loved it!
Reviewed on 09 May 2019 by Fran, Stoke Poges, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 08 May 2019 by Richard, Beckenham, United Kingdom
A pertinent time in history that was felt by all. This beautiful, creative and powerful story demonstrates the good in mankind. So many stories told and I am sure there are more to tell. Every song was memorable and beautifully written.
Reviewed on 08 May 2019 by Cheryl J, North Vancouver, Canada
It was emotional, dramatic, funny, inspirational and pure brilliance in the way it was created. After the standing ovation, no one wanted to leave. It's the first time I've ever bought a program because I needed to keep a piece of it. And the first time I thought about buying tickets to see it again the next night. Don't miss it.
Reviewed on 07 May 2019 by Cynthia, Garnich, Luxembourg
Dreadful noise, not able to decipher most of the words so no idea what was going on.
Reviewed on 07 May 2019 by Patricia, London, United Kingdom
Highly recommend this fun, heartwarming show.
Reviewed on 06 May 2019 by Lisa, Meadow Vista, United States Of America
Loved the show. It's atmospheric, funny, moving and uplifting. Music gave me goose bumps. Loved the story and imaginative way it was told. Would love to see it again.
Reviewed on 05 May 2019 by Heidi, West Sussex, United Kingdom
The show is amazing. Moving, funny, tragic, uplifting, and deserving of every possible award. Just be careful not to get the aisle seat in the middle and the two adjacent seats on either side in the dress circle because there is a decorative bar that obstructs the views. Once you are beyond rows A, B , C , D this would not be an issue.
Reviewed on 01 May 2019 by Helaine, Champaign, United States Of America
I felt immersed in the story. An incredible story told in a beautiful way. For a new musical the score was brilliant. The interaction with the music section helped the performance. I would recommend this and say it is in top league of musicals right up there with Hamilton.
Reviewed on 26 April 2019 by Marlene, Dartmouth, Canada
The show was brilliant from start to finish. Sounds like a strange storyline but it provided entertainment, joy and sadness in equal measure. Would not hesitate to recommend.
Reviewed on 24 April 2019 by Pamela, Woking, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 24 April 2019 by Charles, Bayford, United Kingdom
When our daughter(stage school student) recommended the show we were a bit sceptical, but we had no reason to be as it was excellent and is now our new favourite show. Well done to all cast and band and the staging was simplicity itself.
Reviewed on 23 April 2019 by Anthony, Telford, United Kingdom
I remember the very time this happened. I heard about the Newfoundland town that helped; loved to see the story on the stage. It should never be forgotten.
Reviewed on 21 April 2019 by Susan, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 18 April 2019 by Jacqueline, Belvedere, United Kingdom
This performance was the perfect mix of serious and comedic theatre. The lighting had an immense effect on the story and the music was amazing. I highly recommend seeing this production.
Reviewed on 17 April 2019 by Esther, Sudbury, United Kingdom
This is a wonderful show that leaves one feeling there is hope for humanity. I don’t know why this wonderful incident in the midst of a very grim time is not better known as it is full of generosity.
Reviewed on 14 April 2019 by Shailaja, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 11 April 2019 by Jason, Bedford, United Kingdom
I am Canadian and haven't been home for a while. It was so good... And it was a little of home.
Reviewed on 11 April 2019 by Erica, Glasgow, United Kingdom
It’s a wonderful story that everyone should hear! So glad there wasn’t an intermission!
Reviewed on 09 April 2019 by Margaret, Surrey, Canada
This is a must see very well acted and for those like me that didn’t realise this had happened a really good eye opener serious topic with some humour thrown in and to end it all a love encounter very good
Reviewed on 06 April 2019 by Susan, Orpington, United Kingdom
Loved it! Amazing story and songs. Non stop fun.
Reviewed on 03 April 2019 by David, Carmel, United States Of America
A must see for everyone!
Reviewed on 30 March 2019 by John, Surrey, Canada
We sat at the back and you could see everything perfectly
Reviewed on 28 March 2019 by Cathrin, Weald, Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
I know the story is true bu the way in which it was acted, was wonderful. I would highly recommend this show. You won’t be disappointed.
Reviewed on 28 March 2019 by Debra, Paignton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 March 2019 by Laura, Woodford Green, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 March 2019 by Beverley, Rossendale, United Kingdom
The best musical I’ve ever seen. Doesn’t have the familiar favourites like biographical musicals such as The Jersey boys but the standard of acting, musicianship, stage design and story line leaves other productions in the shade. You will laugh and cry and leave the theatre feeling the world might not be so screwed up after all. Writers Irene Sankoff and David Hein wanted theatre to change the world. I think they succeeded.
Reviewed on 24 March 2019 by Isabel, Stoke Gabriel, United Kingdom
This show is absolutely fantastic, you don't know whether to laugh or cry, what an amazing story
Reviewed on 21 March 2019 by Sally, Romford, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 21 March 2019 by Alex, Beaumont, United Kingdom
This was a great great show! The music was great! The story was fantastic and heartwarming!
Reviewed on 20 March 2019 by Maura, Littleton, United States Of America
Interesting true life story, well played & performed, funny & moving with good songs (liked the celtic sound). The only show I've been to that had a100% standing ovation at it's conclusion! And loved the band rocking the joint at the end!
Reviewed on 15 March 2019 by Philip, London, United Kingdom
From the opening scene to the final goodbye, non-stop love, emotion and fabulous music. I was happily exhausted. I could never imagine something so wonderful coming out of one of the worst events in modern times.
Reviewed on 11 March 2019 by John, Stonington, United States Of America
Having lived in Newfoundland for 30 years found the characters and situations very true to life and the local accents spot on. Brilliant production and outstanding cast.
Reviewed on 09 March 2019 by Deborah, Wellington, United Kingdom
I have seen a lot of shows and I am a musical theatre student, so I pretty much spend my life watching, doing and learning about theatre. This was by far the best show I’ve ever seen. The fact it is based on true events makes the story even more moving. The music is incredible, the story was both funny and heart wrenching, the choreography and movement is so clever and the performances were stunning. Overall I cannot rate this show enough.
Reviewed on 06 March 2019 by Natalie, Chippenham, United Kingdom
This is a stunning, amazing show that made me cry, smile and jump on my feet in an ovation at the end!
Reviewed on 02 March 2019 by Elaine, Macclesfield, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 02 March 2019 by Janet, Burlingame, United States Of America
Unexpected great show very clever humourous and well choreographed would see again
Reviewed on 28 February 2019 by Stewart, Maidstone, United Kingdom
An absolute must see. Such a wonderful and uplifting piec3 of theater. Loved every minute and can’t wait to see it again!
Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by Kathleen, Warwick, Bermuda
Fantastic show with amazing cast so well made
Reviewed on 19 February 2019 by Jane, Ash, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 18 February 2019 by Linda, Victoria, Canada
The sets and costumes are minimal but the story shines through! It got a heartfelt standing ovation on the night I attended, and the band were brilliant. One qualm - the accents were a bit variable!
Reviewed on 11 February 2019 by Rosie, Bristol, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 11 February 2019 by Vicki, Potters Bar, United Kingdom
If you want something upbeat, which is life affirming. This is a true story told warts and all, they don't shy away from the hard or the uncomfortable. It is a human story and it is amazing. Loved it.
Reviewed on 07 February 2019 by Steven, London, United Kingdom
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