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Pasek & Paul’s Dear Evan Hansen transferring to the Noël Coward Theatre

Monday, 8th Oct 2018

2019 will see an array of new shows open their doors in the West End, with some returning favourites as well, but one of the top draws is sure to be the newly announced Dear Evan Hansen.

It has already wowed audiences on the other side of the Atlantic, taking them on an emotional and thought-provoking journey through the eyes of high school student Evan Hansen, and it is now due to a run at the Noël Coward Theatre in London’s West End from November 2019.

The show has been celebrated for its portrayal of mental health issues amongst teenagers, leading to its numerous wins at the Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and so its transfer to the West End will ensure its message continues to resonate with world audiences.

Evan Hansen has social anxiety, which makes his life difficult at school as it prevents him from making the kinds of bonds that come to define those of his age. His therapist and those around him make various suggestions to alleviate this, but instead it is the death of a classmate, Connor, that becomes the lynchpin for change. Evan, through various misunderstandings, finds himself getting closer to Connor’s family and even making efforts to keep his memory alive.

The show also features various musical numbers, all of which have contributed to its award success (it won the Tony Award for Best Score in 2017). They include Waving Through A Window, For Forever, If I Could Tell Her, To Break A Glove, You Will Be Found and Words Fail, amongst many others. These songs are penned by the duo of Pasek and Paul (Benji Pasek and Justin Paul), who have enjoyed great success with their work for the stage and screen.

The Noël Coward Theatre is currently the home of The Inheritance Parts I and II, which both continue until January 2019. It is then replaced by All About Eve starring Gillian Anderson and Lily James, which runs until May 2019.

Dear Evan Hansen will then run later in the year, opening at the Noël Coward Theatre from November 2019.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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