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 (88%)
Reviewed on 07 December 2019 by David, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 04 December 2019 by Charlotte, Swieqi, Malta
A high energy show, that will make you laugh, stamp your feet, clap your hands and even shed a few tears. Don’t miss it. Would see it AGAIN.!!! All cast members and musicians are highly talented. A pleasure to be in the audience. Thanks for entertaining us.
Reviewed on 03 December 2019 by Thomas, Duncan, Canada
I could not picture how you fill 2 hours with a story like this. But this was such a treat - a beautiful, funny and very moving story that had me a little bit in tears in the end. Time flew by so quickly and I can recommend this musical to anyone! Amazing cast, catchy music... I want to and will see it again, that's for sure!
Reviewed on 03 December 2019 by Karin, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 01 December 2019 by Graham, Freshwater, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 29 November 2019 by Jackie, London, United Kingdom
An absolutely amazing show.
Reviewed on 23 November 2019 by Sarah, Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Brilliant depiction of events that we all need to be aware of. The goodness of humanity is to be celebrated!!
Reviewed on 23 November 2019 by Debra Ann, Avalon, United States Of America
Reviewed on 19 November 2019 by Jennifer, Leeds, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 18 November 2019 by Neil, Winnellie, Australia
We didn’t know what to expect but it was brilliant! The story was told in a fantastic way with highs and lows as there only could be with a story based on these events. A fantastic production!
Reviewed on 03 November 2019 by Emer, London, United Kingdom
We thoroughly enjoyed the show, we were in the Grand Circle and the seats were fine for comfort, view and sound. Standing ovation given.
Reviewed on 02 November 2019 by Gary, Lincoln, United Kingdom
The show was fabulous. Avoid sitting in the first 4 rows; you will literally be below the stage and half of the view is cut off. Very frustrating because the show itself was outstanding.
Reviewed on 31 October 2019 by Stephanie, Cenon, France
Booked on recommendation of my daughter. Impressed by how excellent, polished, hilarious but also poignant and serious this show is. The actors are all excellent with beautiful voices and versatile acting skills. Musicianship of the band was also excellent. A very slick production and I think deserving of a long London run. My husband was a bit u sure about how good the show would be as we secured excellent seats in front stalls only 2 days before we watched it. He was blown away by how excellent it was. The company deserve a sell out audience every night. Will definitely watch it again!
Reviewed on 30 October 2019 by Gillian, Northwich, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by William E, Scottsdale, United States Of America
In respect of the twin towers we tend to only see the live events and forget the planes that were still in the air and needed somewhere to go. This show exposed all the heart ache around and the kindness of people.
Reviewed on 23 October 2019 by Phyllis, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 17 October 2019 by Darren, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Wonderfull, moving, funny, heartwarming, lovely, sad, mindblowing
Reviewed on 11 October 2019 by Vesna, Kriftel, United Kingdom
Enthusiastic cast delivered an excellent must see show. I will recommend it widely. Music was relevant and atmospheric to story. Cast did a wonderful job playing all the characters. Stage movement and set was well thought out and moved seemlessly into different settings. Very clever
Reviewed on 09 October 2019 by Elaine, Preston, United Kingdom
Better than I though. Wonderful story told by a bunch of marvelous voices. Highly recommended.
Reviewed on 09 October 2019 by María Dolores, Valencia, Spain
Reviewed on 08 October 2019 by Sheehan, Carp, Canada
Reviewed on 07 October 2019 by Thomas, North Vancouver, Canada
Reviewed on 30 September 2019 by Liane, Victoria, Canada
This is a ture story set to music and finds goodness in a terrible and sad terrorsit attack. As a Canadian I was very proud watching this and the cast were wonderful especially getting the Newfoundland Accent down. This same story happended in Many Canadian cities and towns accross the country and brings out the inherint good in people all over when challanges with something bigger than themlselves. A Must See
Reviewed on 28 September 2019 by Edith, Hamilton, Canada
Only one small reservation. It is a 10+ show in age terms. Some adult material is not appropriate for young children.
Reviewed on 28 September 2019 by Alexander, London, United Kingdom
We luv the Newfies. A great interpretation of a great people.
Reviewed on 27 September 2019 by Thomas, Kansas City, United States Of America
Reviewed on 26 September 2019 by Lorraine, Sydney, Australia
We weren’t sure of what we were going to see. The subject is a sad one. However the show and the way it tells the story is exceptional. Great entertainment. Wonderful blend of humour music and story. Well done. Wish it every success. Well worth a visit.
Reviewed on 18 September 2019 by Fiona, Maidenhead, United Kingdom
I had read the reviews that said it was an excellent show but never imagined it would be this good!
Reviewed on 16 September 2019 by Suha, Cobham, United Kingdom
A fantastic show- every member of the cast was excellent, moving easily between different characters, with great acting, dancing and singing along the way. The different stories of the individuals concerned developed very clearly, with both humour and pathos. At the end of the show, I felt uplifted and energised. Just one small criticism- the musicians were great, but the balance between them and the cast was sometimes awry, so that I could not hear the words of each song.
Reviewed on 16 September 2019 by Christopher, Dyrham, United Kingdom
Excellent show, brilliant acting and singing.
Reviewed on 09 September 2019 by Miriam, St. Albans, United Kingdom
Loved this show. We are from Ottawa, Canada and it made us proud that the people of Gander gave people that were grounded such a warm reception. The actors were amazing. And so were the musicians. Loved, loved, loved the show.
Reviewed on 07 September 2019 by Barney, Ottawa, Canada
Energetic and well-acted; having recently been in Gander and read "The Day the World Came to Town" really set the atmosphere and contributed greatly to my appreciation of the story.
Reviewed on 05 September 2019 by Carolyn, Wahroonga, Australia
As Canadians we thoroughly enjoyed the entire production from the acting, singing, dancing to the story. It had comedy, emotion and was totally entertaining! Loved it !
Reviewed on 04 September 2019 by Andrew, Victoria, Canada
Reviewed on 04 September 2019 by James, Palo Alto, United States Of America
Reviewed on 04 September 2019 by Elizabeth, Perivale, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 31 August 2019 by Jon, Billericay, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 31 August 2019 by Tracy, Maldon, United Kingdom
Fast moving, moving, tears and laughter. Fabulous
Reviewed on 28 August 2019 by Linda, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 August 2019 by Nancy, Palmbeachgardens, United States Of America
A feel-good musical about a tragic event bringing out the best in a small town’s inhabitants. The show was inspiring, entertaining and fun. A foot-stomping evening, suitable for anyone to enjoy.
Reviewed on 24 August 2019 by Julian K, Vancouver, Canada
A modern classic. Simple plot, no fancy set, just full on start to finish action. Great.
Reviewed on 24 August 2019 by Antony, Mount Eliza, Australia
Reviewed on 22 August 2019 by Lynne, Boca Raton,, United States Of America
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
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