Words: Steve Brown
The multi-Tony award winning musical Dear Evan Hansen is set to make its West End debut.
The show – which was written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and directed by Michael Greif – has been announced to be taking over the Noel Coward Theatre, in London, next autumn, but official dates have yet to be confirmed.
Dear Evan Hansen originally starred Ben Platt in the titular role when the show opened in Washington in 2015 and reprised the role when the show hit Broadway a year later.
The show went on to win six Tony awards in 2017, including the best musical.
Now, producer Stacey Mindich confirmed the show will be making its West End debut and said: “Producing Dear Evan Hansen in America has been a joyful undertaking as the team and I have seen such a widespread and heartfelt response to our show’s message.
“We are so excited to bring out show to London, especially to Cameron Mackintosh’s jewel box of a theatre, the Noel Coward.
“Our show is very much about connection and we are all looking forward to connecting London audiences to the music and story of Dear Evan Hansen.”
The show follows Evan Hansen, a high school senior with severe social anxiety, which inhibits his ability to connect with other people and make friends.
After the death of one of his classmates, he fabricates a lie that inadvertently brings him closer to the classmate's family, while also allowing him to gain his own sense of purpose.
Listen to 'Waving Through a Window' below: