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Rachel Tucker joins Come From Away at the Phoenix Theatre

Tuesday, 16th Oct 2018  

Come From Away - Phoenix Theatre

Earlier in the year it was announced that Come From Away, the musical from Irene Sankoff and David Hein that focuses on an unknown part of the aftermath of 9/11, would be making its way to the West End in 2019. The show plays at the Phoenix Theatre from January, with casting unknown as per its previous announcement.

All that changes this week as cast members are revealed for the Theatreland transfer. Rachel Tucker has been unveiled as the show’s lead, with further performances from Jenny Boyd, Nathan Campbell and more.

Come From Away is set in the time after the terrorist attacks against the Unites States on September 11th 2001. However, rather than focusing on the events themselves, the focus is on a community in Canada where some previously little-told stories unfolded. Because of the nature of the terrorist attacks, flights were subsequently grounded across America, meaning that any planes already in the sky were forced to divert to new destinations. This displaced many people, with a large number of flights heading to Newfoundland and communities eventually welcoming passengers and coming to their aide. As such, Come From Away looks at this sense of community in a heartwarming way, showing a softer side to what was otherwise a horrifying time in history.

Rachel Tucker will be a familiar name to many headed for the Phoenix Theatre as she is well known for her portrayal of Elphaba in Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre and on Broadway. However, she has also appeared in a wealth of other productions as well, such as We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre, Farragut North at the Southwark Playhouse and Communicating Doors at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

As well as Tucker and the mentioned Boyd and Campbell, the full cast of Come From Away wil include Clive Carter, Mary Doherty, Mark Dugdale, Robert Hands, Bob Harms, Helen Hobson, Jonathan Andrew Hume, Kiara Jay, Kirsty Malpass, Tania Mathurin, Alexander McMorran, Harry Morrison, Emma Salvo, Brandon Lee Sears, David Shannon, Cat Simmons and Jennifer Tierney.

Come From Away runs at the Phoenix Theatre from Monday 18th February 2018 (previews from Wednesday 30th January 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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